Ballarat Support Group (BSG) has a long and proud history with Ryder-Cheshire. BSG continues today based upon solid foundations laid in December 1964 after Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder, the Founders of Ryder-Cheshire, visited Ballarat. A public meeting of over 900 people packed the Ballarat Civic Hall that evening.

BSG has maintained a loyal support base whose collective wisdom and sense of history is relied on to guide the group into the future. BSG continues to grow and evolve.

There are 25 people who meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7.00 pm. The meetings discuss and plan ways to support both overseas homes and the Ryder-Cheshire Homes in Ivanhoe. Fundraising activities include sponsorships for residents at Raphael in Northern India and sponsorships for programs at Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste. Individuals, community groups and schools sponsor both these homes. Hand made recycled stationery is sold through out Ballarat for the Ryder-Cheshire Homes in Ivanhoe. Other activities include seasonal fund raising and information events as well as selling Ryder-Cheshire greeting and Christmas cards.

The BSG is ever mindful of a former Support Group member’s words:
“ It is the belief that it is possible to make the world a better place that keeps the light of Sue and Leonards’ vision shining – the relief of suffering.” Anne Nott

Dianne McGrath
Tel: 0411 874 756
E-mail: Ballarat
Mail Address: PO Box 542 Ballarat 3353

Ballarat Projects

For the Relief of Suffering