On Monday April 3rd, our club had the pleasure of hearing Roger Williams highlight some of the work being done by Mary’s House.
Being a very new service provider in the local area, our members knew very little of this organisation before Roger’s presentation but we were quickly captivated by the vision and impact of this charity. Mary’s House serves to meet a vital need in Sydney’s North Shore as one of only a few shelters designed to give refuge to women and families fleeing domestic violence. Having only been in operation for 7 months, this amazing initiative is helping up to 18 women and children at a time by providing practical support, physical protection and emotional security. Within week’s of the service's opening in November 2016, it was immediately apparent how desperately a facility like Mary’s House is.
What was perhaps most inspiring about Roger’s presentation, was the way he described the genesis of Mary’s House. Although non-denominational, Mary’s House was the vision of a small group of committed members of a North Sydney’s Catholic Parish. They have raised over $400,000 to refit a home in the local area and have a small army of volunteers willing to step in and help.
As a club, we will consider the best way we can support the amazing work of Mary’s House but any members who missed Roger’s presentation and are keen to find out more can visit www.maryshouse.org.au.