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CEO’s message

A Very Merry Mission Indeed! Last December we launched our annual Merry Mission Christmas Appeal, which aimed to give immediate help to children and their families over Christmas, as well as raise much needed funds to continue providing support throughout the year. We had an amazing response and with your help, we were able to make Christmas 2016 one to remember for many families experiencing hardship.

For many of us, the end of the financial year can come and go quickly and with little thought other than the feeling that the year is whizzing by! For Windermere, this time of year is our opportunity to look back at what we’ve achieved, how we’ve made a difference and what else needs to be done. As we reflect on the last 12 months, I think about the support you have given to us, enabling us to make a life long difference to so many people’s lives. With thanks to your generous and ongoing support, we have helped over 10,000 families and individuals to create a better life for themselves. With your help, these families have tackled issues surrounding family violence, abuse, trauma and personal difficulties, accessing their own strength and capabilities to bring about positive and long lasting change. Yet we’re very much aware that there’s more to do and more families that still need our help. From a personal perspective, the end of the financial year is a prompt for me to assess my own finances, gather my receipts and purchases and prepare for the inevitable tax man. No doubt like me, many of you may be preparing and consolidating your expenses and perhaps thinking about those organisations and causes – like Windermere – that you’ve generously supported throughout the year. Our tax appeal this year (on page 4&5) focuses on Liam, a single parent whose two young children suffered neglect and family violence as a result of their mother’s drug and alcohol abuse. Please take the time to read about this father’s courage and determination to create a brighter future for his children, against all the odds. There are so many families like Liam’s who need our support. As the end of June rapidly nears and before you flee from the blustery cold, I urge you to consider Windermere once again for your support. A tax deductible donation to help us raise the $30,000 we need to continue to help less fortunate families across your community. Your donation will always make a difference. On behalf of the staff and families who receive support from Windermere, thank you again for your support this financial year. With best wishes Dr Lynette Buoy 2

Thanks to you, we were able to give 1,035 gifts to 857 children from new born to 16 years old, and provided hampers containing basic food items to 329 families. This was a massive increase on the previous year and an achievement that you, our amazing supporters, should be proud of!

The room was jam packed full of gift donations

While it was important to give these families something special over the Christmas period, we needed to raise much needed funds to continue supporting them throughout the year. You didn’t disappoint, helping us raise almost $23,500! This will go towards supporting families in areas such as specialised counselling, therapies and short term housing support, giving them the gift of a better life, not just for one day, but into the future. From all of us here at Windermere, THANK YOU! Your support makes all the difference, all through the year, so please take the time to read Liam’s story and donate today to our Tax Appeal. Commonwealth Bank providing food for Christmas hampers

How your support is helping

Mums & Bubs

There’s no place like home

From the left: Carl Strachan, Terry Grigg, Victor Zagame and Bayden Farmer

On the 8th June, over 30 of Windermere’s most valued supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of our new Mums & Bubs House. Windermere’s Mums & Bubs program has been in existence since 2011, but due to overwhelming demand there are growing numbers of young mothers still needing our help. This new house, which was generously donated for our use by Carl Strachan OAM, will provide housing for up to 8 young mothers and their babies each year, which means we can provide direct support to more young mothers who would otherwise be facing homelessness and the devastating instability that being homeless can bring.

As well as a roof over their heads, the program gives young mums the skills they need to live independently. They learn parenting skills, receive support to train and seek employment and are encouraged to forge links with the wider community. We know the Mums & Bubs program works – since 2011 we’ve seen 48 young mothers and their babies come through the program, moving on to long term housing, paid employment, increased confidence and improved skills in looking after themselves and their children. As well as Carl’s incredible generosity, local businesses including Global Zone, Studio Kids, Zagame’s Family Restaurants, Sovereign Hotel Group, Montague Fresh, The Good Guys and Parklea, all came forward to support us with donations of furniture, security systems, bedding and funds for the home.

From the left: Sarah Truscott, Carl Strachan and Dr Lynette Buoy

Many thanks to all of you who have supported the Mums & Bubs program and to Carl Strachan for his continued support. Without your help, this program would not be possible – you continue to provide hope and a bright future for many young mothers and their babies.

For more information about how you can support these programs or to make a tax deductible donation

Please call 1300 946 337

or use the coupon on the back page. 3

Give a child a brighter future Liam* was a single parent with a brain injury and limited literacy, who was desperate to turn his children’s lives around when he came to Windermere for support. With our help and through his own courage and determination, he has managed to create a much brighter future for his two daughters. Liam’s children Zara* 3 and Kayley* 8, who has severe autism, were both left traumatised by violence and neglect following their mother’s addiction to drugs and her sudden departure from the family. He was struggling to help them deal with their issues and create a stable family home for them. Kayley was traumatised by the instability she’d experienced with her mother. Confusion and fear had compounded her already severe autism and intellectual disability. She couldn’t speak and kept running away. For her own safety, she had to be monitored at all times. Kayley had never been taught to dress or wash herself and her autism had created an obsessional aversion to the taste and texture of food. To keep her alive, she was fed via a tube into her stomach; she’d never learned to chew or even swallow properly. Liam was determined to give his children the safe home they desperately needed, but his brain injury had left him with no short term memory, which was made more difficult by his low literacy. Caring for a child living with severe disability also meant he couldn’t work, and he soon found himself in debt. 4

Luckily, Liam knew he couldn’t do it alone and came to Windermere for help. We gave him practical support to manage the chores and his finances and set up routines for the girls for greater stability. We provided family violence counselling to give Liam the skills to support Kayley and Zara in dealing with the emotional issues they faced and organised occupational therapy to teach Kayley how to wash, dress and feed herself with a spoon.

It’s been a long journey, but the family is now thriving. Both girls are enjoying things that most children take for granted - the taste of food, waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and feeling safe within a stable family home. In just over a year, this family has come further than anyone thought possible and these children now have a brighter future.

Unfortunately there are many more children like Kayley and Zara who need our support.

Make a tax deductible donation today and help us give other vulnerable children the tools and support they need for a brighter future. To donate, complete the coupon on the back page or visit

$27 CAN:

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$118 CAN:

Purchase sensory toys and visual communication cards for children’s development

Provide respite care for children, so that their parents can attend important appointments such as parent guidance courses and trauma counselling

Provide family violence counselling, physical therapies and ongoing support

If you know someone who may be facing or dealing with family violence please call us on 1300 946 337


B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner Day 1, Depart Australia On arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your very comfortable accommodation. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, comfortable bar areas and fully air-conditioned rooms with all facilities. You will have ample time to settle in, perhaps even take a dip in the swimming pool, before joining the rest of the group for a team briefing. We then enjoy a team dinner, before an early night in preparation for our Kokoda adventure. Day 2, Port Moresby – Kokoda – Hoi

Today we rise early and set a slow and steady pace for our first full day of trekking. We begin with a steep ascent (lucky we all trained hard), giving us the opportunity to admire the breathtaking views en route to the original wartime village of Deniki. This is the site of the 39th Militia Battalion’s first defensive position after withdrawing from Kokoda. We will stop for a late lunch at the Isurava battle site war memorial, with ample time to explore the area thoroughly. Learn about the legendary four-day Battle of Isurava—for which the 2/14th Infantry Battalion was sent to support the 39th Militia Battalion—where the legend of ‘The Ragged Bloody Heroes’ was born. From Isurava, we take a short walk to our campsite in Alolo Village. This village was the major logistics support base and first aid post during the Isurava battle..

Join Richo and Trek to End Family Violence

The adventure begins with an early morning charter flight over the Owen Stanley Ranges to Kokoda—or a flight into Popondetta—before continuing by road to Kokoda (flight destination is weather dependent). On both journeys, we will fly high above the lavish mountain scenery of Papua New Guinea. On arrival, we will explore the Kokoda battle site and museum with our guide who will give us local insights into the history of the region. After lunch, we take a short acclimatising walkInto1942, our first the beautiful village of Hoi. of bitter thecampsite KokodainTrack area was the scene

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Templeton’s Crossing 2

Today our trek commences with a short descent, followed by a long, gradual ascent to Eora Creek battle site. We leave our packs on the main trail and climb a short side trail to a Japanese forest fort often referred to as ‘The Lost Battlefield’. The fort covers part of a high ridge with a commanding position overlooking Eora Creek. Large quantities of munitions and artefacts are still visible here. There will be ample fighting as the Australian Army fought to defend D B L Port Meals: opportunity for photo taking as we learn about the fort’s Join us in October 2018 as we tackle one of the world’s Moresby from advancing Japanese forces. Today, walking defensive significance and how the battle here unfolded.

the track has become a pilgrimage for many Australians.

Today, our fight is a different one and our battlefield much closer - in our neighbourhood, in our street and in the homes of people we know and love. Today, our fight is to end family violence. 1 in every 2 people living in South East Melbourne - every second person we work with at Windermere - is dealing with real and immediate issues related to the trauma of family violence. Our life-changing support helps the children and families we work with every single day, to overcome the mental and physical impacts of violence.

Kokoda: October 2018

We are changing lives and you can too. great treks - The Kokoda Track. As you journey through the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rugged mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and unspoiled villages, your trek can raise vital funds to help end family violence. As part of this incredible adventure, you will trek the track by day, open to the harsh and inspiring beauty of Papua New Guinea’s tropical rainforest. At night you will stay in secluded camps, sharing stories with local Koiari and Orokaiva people and listening to the nocturnal sounds of the jungle. Not for the faint-hearted, this truly is a oncein-a-lifetime adventure.

Windermere Ambassador, football commentator and former AFL legend, Matthew ‘Richo’ Richardson, will be joining us on the trek, along with many of his former Richmond © 2016 Inspiredteammates. Adventures. All Rights Reserved. Commercial in confidence. Says Richo, “I know this challenge won’t be easy - but I see it to be truly life changing. We’ll get to feel and understand a little of the mental and physical demands that children and families facing violence have to deal with every day.”

Join Richo and Windermere on this life changing journey. Join our Trek to End Family Violence and raise funds to help those affected by family violence. Visit or phone 1300 946 337 for more information. 6



And the ball bounced in our favour again!

Having a ball at the MCG Our annual Bounce of the Ball kicked off once again at the home of football and was everything we could have hoped for – informed updates from some AFL legends, including valuable insights from guest speaker Paul Roos, a handball competition and a chance to get up close with the 2017 Premiership Cup.

Dr Lynette Buoy and Gina Dougall with the AFL Premiership Cup Photo: SDP Media

We couldn’t have asked for more, but we did! Paul Roos, guest speaker at Bounce of the Ball 2017 Photo: SDP Media

We asked everyone to dig deep to raise vital funds for our Mums & Bubs program, which provides a home for young women and their children who are facing homelessness. The response was amazing – over 400 guests helped us raise more than $124,000, which will support 10 young mums and their children over the next 15 months to access safe housing and vital support. Ron Barassi speaking at the Bounce of the Ball Photo: SDP Media

We also heard from Laura, who told us that as a young mother with post-natal depression and a new born, her life took a downward turn, until she found herself on the brink of homelessness. For many of us hearing her story, it was inconceivable that this could happen to a young mother in 2017. Laura told us how she was able to turn things around for her and her son after accessing the support of the Mums & Bubs program. Laura learned vital parenting and life skills, enabling her to get back on her feet and secure long term accommodation – which she remains in to this day. Without the vision, commitment and generosity of everyone involved in this event, none of this would have been possible. We thank in particular, our Event Partner Zagame’s Family Restaurants, and sponsor, Bendigo Private Banking Services - this event would not have been possible without their ongoing commitment. Winner of the handball competition Photo: SDP Media


Teeing off for a good cause It was a crisp start to the day, but that didn’t deter the 70 odd golfers who teed off at Victoria Golf Club on 3rd May in the annual Windermere Classic. Their commitment paid off as the morning wore on and the sun peeked through the clouds to reveal a lush course in prime condition. The day was a huge success, with activities to test even the best handicap, followed by a delicious lunch and auction at the Club House to top off the day. Congratulations go to Chris Canavan who took the Perpetual Trophy for a second time, along with teammates Simon Riordan, Tony Trumble and Geoff Sowden. As well as a great day out, this year’s Classic raised over $34,000 to support children and families dealing with violence. Everyone dug deep and helped us raise enough funds to provide 12 families with much needed support services, such as counselling and housing, to keep them safe.

Group Shot at Windermere Classic 2017 Photographer: Gary Lisbon

The generosity of our sponsors contributed greatly to this amazing result - our Platinum sponsor Zagame Automotive, without whom this event would not be possible, Gold sponsors Parklea & Facey Industrial, Tarmac Civil Construction, G&K O’Connor and Commonwealth Bank and Silver sponsors, Berwick Motor Group and Grossi & Cardamone. As always, your participation and donations will continue to give hope and courage to those feeling family violence.

“As a long-time supporter of Windermere I’ve seen the impact our participation at the Classic makes to families whose lives have been turned upside down due to violence. It helps make a change for the better in the community.” Andrew Facey

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Windermere News Winter 2017 Issue 19  
Windermere News Winter 2017 Issue 19