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Auxiliarated All Over

Spring 2012 FROM SUE HUNT


After a long winter, our view from Level 4 of the hospital is finally looking lighter and brighter. To the west, we can see pink and white blossoms in the surrounding streets of Parkville and West Melbourne; such a quintessential sight at this time of year. It’s moodlifting to see Royal Park is returning to its lush green.

The past 12 months has certainly been one to talk about. Whilst just coincidence, the opening of the new Royal Children’s Hospital in the same year that Auxiliaries is to celebrate our 90th anniversary more than put the icing on the cake.

Spring and hope are intertwined in the mind, body, and soul. In spring, nature conspires to spark the light of hope – plants shoot through the cold ground, baby animals are born… we all know that hope doesn’t disappear in summer, and it’s not defeated by a windy autumn or a dreary winter, but there is an optimistic feeling of renewal that arrives just at the right time, when winter was really becoming a drag. The healing potential of spring is welldocumented. Our hospital is designed to let the light in to maximum effect, light that fills the wards with ‘hope’. Nature, and hope itself, might be the hidden ingredient in any prescription! Just as the healing potential of spring is undeniable, the fundraising potential of Auxiliaries is also a force of nature. There are many Auxiliary fundraising events planned throughout spring. Now that we have closed the door on the grey Melbourne winter, I hope the blue skies and buoyant effects of spring assist to re-energise you and your community, and continue to inspire you to support the hospital and help make sick kids better.

To help us plan for a bright future, the Foundation has commissioned Barbara Johansen to review the way we relate to the Foundation and to propose the best way for the relationship to operate.

The Auxiliaries Executive is very supportive of this review process, as it means that we can, together with the Your company, your passion and Foundation plan for the sustainability your compassion always makes me of the Auxiliaries now and into the feel so proud to be your President. future. Representing Auxiliaries and you as members is one of my life’s highlights. We look forward to presenting you the So I trust that you are enjoying recommendations from this review in yourselves in our new hospital and the near future. that it is starting to feel like home. Carole Lowen Over the past couple of years Sue President of Auxiliaries Manson and myself have been looking at what the next 10 years would look FROM SUE MANSON like for Auxiliaries as we head towards our 100th anniversary. What an amazing couple of months we have just experienced as part Auxiliaries are vitally important of Auxiliaries 90th anniversary fundraisers for the hospital. As we enter celebrations. our next decade, it is an appropriate time to look to the future and plan for A very big thank you to everyone who easier ways to help groups raise more came along or participated in the funds, and to ensure the longevity of Made By Us Market Day. the community fundraising that is the cont... hallmark of what Auxiliaries do.

As always, thank you for your service to your Auxiliary, and best of luck with your upcoming fundraising activities and initiatives. As spring lifts our spirits at the hospital, I hope it lifts yours too. Sue Hunt Executive Director

Melbourne Sinfonia perform at the 2012 Auxiliaries’ AGM at Myer Mural Hall. Photo: Soul Impressions

IN THIS ISSUE Update Your Contact Details 1 Your Monthly Digest Is Up And Running - Don’t Miss Out 1


90 Years Young - The AGM


CIKA ‘Wins’ $70,000 On Their Monte Carlo Night


Made By Us Market Raises Over $20,000


Zinc Café Welcomes OARA


Marketing Resources For Auxiliaries


A Surprise Gift From Phillip Island


Six Things That Are Really Important To Us


RCH Nurse Is A Hero In Yarrawonga


Return To Royal Park


The Next Generation Is Looking Bright!


Long Term Friends Of Our Hospital


Volunteers Are Worth More To Australia Than Mining


Olympic Medallist Visits The Kids


Shopping Haven, Market Inspiration


The Sound Of Buildings


Olives For Kids


Love Rome, and Movies? We Have Free Tickets


Include A Charity Week


Life Lessons


Dates For Your Diary


The Auxiliaries Annual General Meeting was a truly enjoyable celebration of the concept of Auxiliaries, and you. Everyone in their hats and gloves, you were a fabulous sight. The Mural Hall décor added to the whole theme, together with the beautiful artwork created for Auxiliaries on the Annual Report and promotional brochures.


The highlight for me each year is the awarding of the Madge Tate Service Award. After 10 years as Auxiliaries Coordinator I know so much more about you and what you do than when I walked in the door for the 80th anniversary celebrations.

What is it? - The Monthly Digest is your new central news source, a place to bring together all the smaller pieces of important information that you need to know. It is not intended to be a place for publishing longer pieces like this newsletter, but more of an admin and news feed. Think of it like the nightly news, rather than the Sunday papers.

This year the Madge Tate Service Award was given to Robyn Anderson, CasKids Auxiliary. Robyn is a long time member of Auxiliaries (41 years). Robyn joined what was then the Nunawading Auxiliary in 1971. She has worked quietly and diligently helping her CasKids Auxiliary as Secretary for many years, and for this alone Robyn would be a worthy recipient, but Robyn has also found time to take on the role of Vice President and Committee Secretary for the Auxiliaries Executive Committee. Now retired from the workforce, Robyn gives two to three days a week, every week covering her Auxiliary and Executive commitments. Congratulations Robyn. Sue Manson Auxiliary Coordinator

IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO UPDATE CONTACT DETAILS Due to the Monthly Digest, and our new database, we must ensure that we have the most up to date contact information for all Auxiliary members. If you have not heard from us, we would greatly appreciate if you could confirm your correct details. Please post, fax to 03 9345 6700 or email •

Auxiliary name, your full name, any post nominals

Phone, mobile and fax numbers

Email address if you have one - so we can send you the Monthly Digest!

Postal address

Please indicate if you do not have access to email and need to receive a paper copy of the Monthly Digest.

The first issue of The Monthly Digest for Auxiliaries was sent mid-August. The Monthly Digest is our new monthly news source for Auxiliary members. It will be sent mid-month from now on.

Our goal - To keep all Auxiliary members connected to each other, to the staff in the office, to stay up to date with upcoming events, accounts and administrative advice, and other news. Why? - You told us you’d like to know more about the wide Auxiliary network, and sometimes find it challenging to keep on top of administrative messages from the office. This is not surprising – there are over 1000 of you across Victoria, and not all of you come into the hospital frequently. Who is it for? - The Digest is for all Auxiliary members, not just those in the office. This is important; we want everyone involved in Auxiliaries to have access to this important information. How do you get it? - The Digest is sent by email to all Auxiliary members that have email addresses. Please note, in order to keep costs and our environmental impact to a minimum, paper copies will be sent by request only. Ensure you are on the Digest mailing list by getting in touch with Janelle Holden on au to provide email addresses. Office bearers, please spread the word! I didn’t get the first issue! – Contact the office and we will send you one. What next? - We are happy for you to give us requests and suggestions. We ask you to embrace this new service we have created for you – it will work best if Auxiliary members utilise it as a tool to keep updated with important information. Please ensure all your Auxiliary colleagues are receiving the Monthly Digest. Email janelle.holden@ to opt in.


Auxiliaries for 90 years of supporting the hospital, and Victoria’s sick children On 22 July 2012, the Auxiliaries and their families. celebrated the beginning of their 90th year with a special occasion, their AGM. The stylish luncheon was held at the iconic Myer Mural Hall.

A 90th badge for all members

The date was especially significant. It marked the actual anniversary of the formation of the first Auxiliary supporting the RCH, and was a special celebration attended by over 300 Auxiliary members.

All attendees enjoyed a performance by the Melbourne Sinfonia Auxiliary. The Auxiliary comprises around fifty musicians from diverse professional Carole Lowen, President of Auxiliaries and musical backgrounds, including a and Sue Manson, Auxiliary Coordinator couple of members of RCH staff. gave informative reports about 2011/2012, and also touched on some The Auxiliaries Executive would like of the important moments of the to extend warm thanks to all Auxiliary Auxiliaries’ past 90 years of supporting members and friends of Auxiliaries the hospital. who were in attendance for this special event. Sandra Jones, an accomplished cake artist and member of Smiley Auxiliary made a stunning cake to celebrate the occasion. Davina Johnson OAM, Immediate Past President, gave announcements and also a special personal message.

Letters of congratulations for the 90th milestone from the Premier, the Lord Mayor and the Minister for Health were presented and read by Tony Beddison AO, Chairman, The Royal Robyn Anderson from Caskids Children’s Hospital. Auxiliary was awarded the Madge Tate Award for exceptional service to Auxiliaries – the highest honour of Auxiliary Awards. Her award was presented by Louise Gourlay OAM, Patron of Auxiliaries. Congratulations Robyn!

They were delighted and honoured to share the anniversary with representatives from many Auxiliaries across Victoria, our own Auxiliary leaders, past and present, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Foundation board members, executive and hospital staff.

All photos on this page by Soul Impressions.

Congratulations and thank you from the Foundation, the hospital and wider Victorian community. The Auxiliaries were also awarded a As Professor Kilpatrick said at the AGM Life Governorship of the hospital - a and has said before: ‘We couldn’t do prestigious honour bestowed on the Professor Graham Barnes, who has what we do without you.’ been a clinician, researcher and most dedicated supporters. teacher at the RCH for over 40 years, Professor Christine Kilpatrick, Chief gave a personal and professional Executive, The Royal Children’s Hospital perspective on developments in and Sue Hunt, Executive Director of paediatrics over recent decades. the Foundation congratulated the 2

CIKA ‘WINS’ $70,000 ON MADE BY US MARKET RAISES ZINC CAFÉ WELCOMES OARA THEIR MONTE CARLO NIGHT OVER $20,000 On 8 September, OARA held its annual CIKA’s 2012 ball, held at the Sebel Albert Park, was ‘A Night in Monte Carlo’. This ever-popular event enjoyed wonderful support from many individuals and companies. The evening was in the very capable and caring hands of CIKA’s patron, Mr Peter Mitchell, who revved up the guests and encourage their participation in proceedings. Peter presented Andrew and Christine Duvetyn the annual CIKA Champion awards. This couple and their family run The Old Time Wood Days, sell the calendars and assist with general CIKA activities. Both lead very busy lives but their commitment and dedication to CIKA is inspirational.

The Made by Us Twilight Market was family morning tea for families with a one-off marquee event on 30 June children born with oesophageal atresia and/or trachea-oesophageal 2012 at Malvern Town Hall. fistula.

Photo: Made By Us Market, Malvern Town Hall

Laura Overdyk, President of OARA reports: ‘This year, the OARA morning tea was held in the new hospital at Zinc Cafe and it was a wonderful venue. There was plenty of room for the families to mingle, a guest speaker to present, easy access to the outside playground and the kids had a great time with an entertainer and face painting.’

With over 60 stalls, the market showcased original handcrafted goods CIKA vice president, Ellen Webb, spoke from the Auxiliaries, and independent about her son, Brian, who died from a local creatives. solid cancerous tumour in 1997. Brian would have been 18 this year and the CIKA community all have the utmost respect for the courage that Ellen displayed in her presentation. An inspirational young man named Michael also spoke to the guests. Michael is only 20 years old, but he has been challenged by two types of solid tumour, and his life has been a constant succession of surgery and associated treatment for his cancers. He made the guests very aware of the impact that his health has had on his parents and his siblings. Michael brought the entire crowd to its feet; his courage was profound.

Photo: OARA Secretary, Olivia Guidice’s kids

Photo: Doobee’s stall

The event is now over and it was a success, showcasing the breadth and strength of the Auxiliaries’ community fundraising. Auxiliary members from across Victoria stood side by side with local artisans and market visitors, The Grand Auction this year was named united by a common cause; the for Israel Rosenfield, a generous long- children. time CIKA supporter. His contributions over many years were immense and it was with great sadness that we acknowledge Israel’s passing, after a brief battle with cancer, in May 2012. The evening raised nearly $70,000 which, in these difficult economic times, is a terrific result. All these funds will go towards funding CIKA’s next major project. Sandra Lehrer, President of CIKA, extends her thanks: ‘Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to run the night so well and a special thanks to all those CIKA supporters who donate of their time or goods, or both. Thank you, the result we achieve is because of you.” Visit for info and photos.


Photo: LARCH’s stall

‘There was about 30 families in attendance, which is a perfect amount for Zinc’s space. Sandra and her staff did a great morning tea and I would recommend them for any future events you may have.’ If your Auxiliary is having an event, consider Zinc as your venue – a lovely way to experience the surrounds of the RCH. Contact Sandra on sandra@, 0413 599 748.

Marketing Resources for AuxiliarieS There is much that can be done to spread the word about the Auxiliaries. We provide a suite of marketing resources in our Communications and Marketing Support Package, to assist you when promoting your fundraising to your network and community, including: •

More than $20,000 was raised by the Auxiliaries at the market for the RCH. More than 2000 people visited to shop • during the afternoon, and a great many connections were made. Thank you to everyone that was a part of the day. Visit for more photos.

The full Communications and Marketing Support booklet. Everything in one place. The new Event Notification Form for Auxiliaries. This is important - it’s an improved form, replacing the old event registration form. Please throw out all your old ones, and only use this one to

register your fundraising events and activities from now on. (Get forms from the website or the office)

Information about how to get your

event or activity included in the e-newsletter, which is sent to over 10,000 people every second month. Make sure your event is included! Information about how to update your Auxiliary’s web page. Each Auxiliary has their own page on our new website. If you have not updated your page in the last year, you should definitely do this. A series of ‘How To’ guides covering marketing-related topics that assist to promote your fundraising. They include; how to write a press release, how to get started with social media, and top tips for visual merchandising.

Les Findlay was a man of the sea, a fisherman. When he was home he lived with his parents, who ran the tea room next to the hospital – but was out all summer along the bay and crewed boats along the back coast of the island throughout winter, rarely remaining in one place for long in his role as a dedicated fisherman, until, that is, he met Hazel. That was when it all changed - he bought a small fishing boat and stayed in one place – Cowes. A dignified and private couple, Hazel and Les mainly enjoyed a simple and happy existence, but tragedy did not pass them by; they had one child who passed away at birth, Hazel almost died too. They did not go on to have any more children. It was because of this experience that they were inspired to leave part of their estate - the Estate of Late Hazel Maude Findlay - to the hospital. They simply did not want anyone else to go through the experience of losing a child, a reason that many Auxiliary members identify with.

And there is much more... We encourage you to visit rchfoundation., where you will find your marketing resources under the Auxiliaries menu. If you have queries, contact Stephanie Zappala Bryant, Communications Manager, at the office.

After a lifetime supporting their community and each other, Les passed away at 89 years old in 2006 and Hazel followed him 5 years later, living out her final years in her beloved Cowes.

At the Foundation, the staff all have a copy of our organisational values pinned above our desks, and we discuss them often in our team meetings. Our values are published on our website and in our annual review publication. We keep our values top of mind, and actively commit to being true to them on a daily basis. We thought we would share our values with you to give you a bit of insight into what drives the staff who support the Auxiliary network, and what is important to us. We aim high, and hope to always live up to these values when dealing with the Auxiliaries and the wider fundraising community.

Our Values

Hazel and Les Findlay lived and worked on Phillip Island for almost fifty years. They were popular and considered pillars of the local community. What made them bequeath almost half a million dollars to our hospital?

She lived in a bungalow for ‘single girls’ at the back of the hospital, and threw herself into community life. She didn’t have to look too far (slightly to the left actually) to find the man who would become the love of her life, he was quite literally, the boy next door, but he was often away working the coast up to Eden and Bermagui…

Most organisations have values that can be seen in the way they do their work, and the conduct of their staff. The organisational values might be written down, or not, but they underpin day-to-day work and guide professional standards.

The sale of the Findlay’s home on Phillip Island saw the Foundation receive a cheque for over $478,000.

A surprise gift from phillip island

Hazel was a country girl at heart, having spent the first thirty years of her life in Rutherglen where she worked at the local hospital, but in 1957 her sense of adventure took her to Phillip Island and a new job at the Warley hospital.


The Findlay’s nephew, Mr Rex Humphries - pictured above with his wife Marg and the Findlay’s niece Val - visited the hospital in February 2012 to present the cheque, which was gratefully received by Professor Christine Kilpatrick, and Sue Hunt. Monies from the Findlay bequest will be directed towards research, and will directly benefit countless numbers of children and families now and into the future. If you have queries about legacy gifts, let Sue Manson know and she can give you some information, or call Giovina Cicchitti on 9345 4507 for advice.

We show integrity in all our interactions, being moral, ethical, honest, transparent and trustworthy.

We display humility, being modest, not self-important; confident in dealing with others.

We show gratitude and appreciation for the efforts of our donors and our colleagues.

We are compassionate, showing empathy in our dealings with each individual.

We are inclusive and respectful. We show loyalty and understanding.

The result of these values translates into action. We are known for delivery on our commitments.

Does your Auxiliary have a special vision, mission and values? We would love to hear from you if you’d like to share your organisational values with the fundraising community. 4


3. Create a sense of entry to Royal Park that is accessible and welcoming.

In August, 65-year-old Joan Jenkins phoned 3AW searching for the nurse that saved her life a month ago. Joan told host Neil Mitchell that she’d suffered a heart attack on a footpath in the country town of Yarrawonga and a man who she knew only as ‘Darren’ managed to stabilise her and accompanied her to hospital.

4. Design a place for creative and natural play.

The mystery Good Samaritan was later identified as long serving RCH nurse Darren Pickering. Darren spoke to Joan through 3AW, and was humble in the media spotlight. He said he hoped anyone else would do the same thing if they were in his situation. “I’d just like to thank him very very much for the help.” Joan said.

RETURN TO ROYAL PARK The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health are working on the establishment of the park next to the new RCH. This park will be reinstated on the site of the old hospital. The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health has been working with the public to develop an Ideas Plan, with the aim of delivering parkland which meets the needs of the community. Earlier this year, the community expressed their vision for the reinstated park. Their ideas have been used to inform the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan.

5. Provide an appropriate level of amenities for park users. The second phase of community consultation is underway presently, and will inform a design for the parkland. The parkland is expected to be reinstated by the end of 2014. For more information, or to request a copy of the Ideas Plan visit or call 9285 9012.

THE NEXT GENERATION IS LOOKING BRIGHT! One sunny Saturday in Deniliquin, two eight-year-old best friends, Jessica Smith and Grace Andrews decided to hold an art exhibition. Their goal was to raise $11 for the hospital. They ended up raising $53.00 - that’s a 360% increase in projected funds!

Photo: Jessica’s artwork, Noni the Pony

We hope that this story might inspire other young people to become involve with fundraising and Auxiliaries. If you know any young people who’d like to be involved, perhaps suggest they could hold a Cuppa for Kids at their school or sport club.

LONG TERM FRIENDS OF OUR HOSPITAL In August, members of the Smorgon family visited the RCH to view the portrait of Loti and Victor Smorgon that honours their great support and contribution. The portrait, by artist Jenny Sages, was kindly donated by the family and symbolises their commitment to the health and wellbeing of children. When asked about the picture of Loti and her late husband, Victor, her face lights up and she laughs, saying, “I’m very happy with it.”

Photo: Jessica and Grace, supplied

Jessica’s mum, Peata, told us more: “The fundraising goal was $11, but the girls soon realised that if they sold their artwork as well as charging an entry fee to our backyard ‘gallery’ they would raise more money.

The outcome of the first phase of consultation was a set of community inspired Principles, which are: 1. Create a native park which complements the vegetation and landscape character of Royal Park. 2. Build a place which contains passive and active recreation activities for all the community, including children, elderly and people with a disability. 5

“The reason the girls chose the RCH is because Grace had seen a documentary about the hospital and how the children didn’t have many toys to play with, and this touched her. “As parents, we have no idea as to why they decided to fundraise, as there certainly was no coercion. We will be definitely be supporting another adventure, should they wish to do this again. Everybody is very proud of both of them.” It seems Jessica and Grace are set to be leaders of the next generation of fundraisers!

Photo: The Smorgon Family at the RCH

Victor Smorgon spoke to Film Australia’s Australian Biography Series in 1998 – eleven years before he passed away. Speaking about his philanthropy in the TV program, he said: “In our case, we settled in Australia and…we felt that we have to pay back our debt, to Victoria particularly, and Australia generally. How do you help, how do you do that? You can’t give just a person some money…you can give it to ten, fifty, a hundred people, five hundred people, a thousand people. But you can’t give it to the community. And the only way you can (give) it to

the community is to be generous to, with larger sums, to hospitals particularly. Whatever colour you are, whatever language you speak… once we get to hospital, they put a gown on you and you’re all the same, you’re all equal. So therefore you’re looking after a lot of people, they get use out of your generosity if you like, call it generosity.” The family has supported many areas of the RCH. One of their most recognised contributions was the front entry building of the old hospital, built in the 90s. They’ve also made many major contributions across departments’ intensive care, newborn intensive care, thoracic medicine and the operating theatres, as well as the ongoing Victor and Loti Smorgon Chair of Paediatrics.

VOLUNTEERS ARE WORTH MORE TO AUSTRALIA THAN MINING Volunteers are priceless to us at the hospital, Foundation and Auxiliaries, where we have hundreds of people volunteering their time and energy. We thought you’d enjoy this article from Pro Bono Australia, with some great findings about the ‘worth’ of volunteers, and how much volunteerism benefits our society. Pro Bono Australia reports: A University of Adelaide study has found that volunteering in Australia is now worth more than the mining industry, declaring the true extent of its monetary value to be more than $200 billion a year.

quality of their life and their health. The benefits to the recipients are obvious and there are also positive spin-offs for governments and workplaces.” “The value of volunteering is difficult to measure. Volunteers gain a broad range of new skills that are transferable to their workplace, for example. They are healthier, fitter, more mentally alert and more socially connected than people who do not volunteer. These benefits may even act as a pathway to employment,” Dr O’Dwyer says.

At the London 2012 Olympics Matt competed in the 4×100 freestyle relay and won bronze in the 4×100 medley. Patients spoke to Matt about his experience at the London Olympics and had photos taken with his medal.


While the economic value of volunteering to Australia is huge, Dr O’Dwyer says the true value of volunteering goes far beyond a dollar figure. “One hour of a volunteer’s time needs to be valued not just once but up to 9 times – and at different rates - from the society, the employer, the organisation, the government program and the volunteer themsleves. To read the full report, visit our news feed at

OLYMPIC MEDALLIST VISITS THE KIDS Patients and families at the hospital had a touch of Olympic glory a couple of weeks ago when dual Olympic swimmer Matt Targett visited the wards.

Photo: courtesy of The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers Market is a bi-annual event that we think Auxiliary members will appreciate. It’s a market of independant designers and artists featuring a great array of handmade goods and original products. The next Finders Keepers is at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens on Friday 19 October 6pm - 10pm, and Saturday 20 October 10am - 5pm. Entry is free, and most stallholders take cash only. For more info visit

Matt won silver in the 4x100m medley and a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Its economic contribution to Australian society outstrips revenue sources from mining, agriculture and the retail sector, according to Dr Lisel O’Dwyer, a Senior Research Associate in the University’s School of Social Sciences. “More than 6.4 million people volunteer their time in Australia, which is double the number in 1995. And with the looming retirement of the first wave of baby boomers, these figures are likely to increase at an even more rapid rate,” Dr O’Dwyer says. “There are many ways to measure the value of volunteering and the benefits flow both ways. “Volunteers get a lot of satisfaction from helping others, enhancing the

Photo: patient Sam Snee and Matt, courtesy of RCH.


THE SOUND OF BUILDINGS You can now take a virtual walking tour of the RCH and other iconic Melbourne buildings with the launch of the Sound of Buildings Vol 2 iPhone application.

Sandhurst Fine Foods in 1988. Together, with their sons Raymond & Mimmo, they all work together to own and operate Sandhurst. Each family member has their own role and responsibilities and they have lunch together every day.

The application, which includes interviews with haematologist and Chairman, RCH medical staff association Dr Chris Barnes, RCH patient Illario Franco and Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle, walks you through the engaging elements of the new RCH building and what it means to staff, patients and families. The Sound of Buildings app, is free and available in the Apple iTunes store. Open House Melbourne ambassador and host of the television show Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison said the app was part of Melbourne’s love affair with great buildings. “The Sound of Buildings is a celebration of Melbourne’s unique architecture and built heritage. It gives people a deeper level of understanding and context about our buildings as well as highlighting their diversity,” Mr Maddison said. For more info and to download the iPhone app, visit

It’s these family values that see Sandhurst supporting CHFA. Visit for more information and some great recipe ideas, and enjoy your olives!

Love Rome, and movies? We have free tickets. Doing for Rome what Woody Allen did for Paris in Midnight In Paris, comes To Rome With Love. Full of romance and humour, it stars another fine ensemble cast including Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Roberto Benigni.

OLIVES FOR KIDS During September, for every jar of Sandhurst olives sold, Sandhurst Fine Foods will be donating 10 cents to our national partner, Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia (CHFA). September seems a good time for an antipasto plate to us! You can purchase Sandhurst olives at Woolworths and Coles, as well as most other supermarkets. Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia is the national fundraising partnership of five children’s hospitals around Australian (Vic, NSW, WA, SA and QLD) dedicated to excellence in children’s health. Together the CHFA hospitals will treat or admit over 1,000,000 children every year, and care for over 80% of all sick and injured children in Australia. CHFA raises funds nationally and the monies are shared equally by the partners and are directed to areas of greatest priority in each hospital. Sandhurst Fine Foods is an Australian family run company. Vince Lubrano and his wife Geraldine founded 7

A kaleidoscopic comedy set in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, the film follows four different storylines of characters in their quest for love will change their lives forever.

WE ARE TAKING PART IN INCLUDE A CHARITY WEEK Include a Charity Week is 17-23 September, a time when all Australians are being urged to help the good work of charities live on & on by leaving a gift in their will. Gifts in wills are a vital part of our income at the hospital. Without them, we would struggle to continue our work. That’s why, alongside over 130 other charities, the RCH Foundation and Auxiliaries are taking part in Include a Charity Week; raising awareness of these gifts and encouraging people to consider including their favourite charities in their will, after they’ve taken care of their family and friends. During IaC Week, we are featuring stories about legacy gifts that have made an enormous difference. And our Auxiliary members can help raise awareness too. Why not start a conversation with someone about how easy it is to include a charitable gift in their will to your Auxiliary? They can still take care of their loved ones, and gifts of any size help to ensure the Auxiliaries’ good work continues. We don’t expect people to write or update their will right now. This is something that takes time. Instead we ask that the Auxiliaries and fundraising community take a little time to consider the cause/s closest to your heart, and encourage others to do the same. Almost 70% of Australians support charities in their lifetime, but only 7.5% of those over 60 include a gift in their will. If we could increase that figure to 14% over time, we could generate an additional $440 million every year for good causes across Australia. Just imagine what could be made possible for your Auxiliary, and the hospital, if some of that additional income was directed towards your special cause.

Hopscotch Films has kindly offered us 3 free double passes for Auxiliary members. We will post you these free tickets if you’re one of the first 3 people who email stephanie.zappalabryant@ or call 9345 7051, and leave your name and postal address. One pass per person. Allocated on a first come first served basis. If phone unattended, leave a message. Only winners will be notified.

To find out more, you can contact Giovina Cicchitti for a chat on 9345 4507, or visit:

Life Lessons Regina Brett is the American author of Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible and other collections of inspirational essays and stories about the lessons life taught her. Her writing saw her named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, in 2009 and 2008. Just before Regina turned 45, she wrote a column on the 45 lessons life taught her. A life as an unwed mother. A life as a single parent for 18 years. A life searching for love and finally finding it at 40. A life interrupted by breast cancer at age 41. A life that reflects the ups and downs, twists and turns we all face, but usually not all in one lifetime. Here are her life lessons.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think. 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. 8. Release your children when they become adults, its their life now. 9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. 12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

22. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are. Keep an open mind. 23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’ 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love. 35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

16. Take a deep breath It calms the mind.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come... (Can’t wait to find out what! ) 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield.. 45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


Auxiliaries Spring Newsletter 2012  

A quartlery newsletter for members of the RCH Auxiliaries and friends.

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