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Term 1 2022

In Term 1 2022, we were excited to see the return of students to our modified COVIDSafe Program

In brief:
  • Program highlights
  • A status update of upcoming events, including our rescheduled 90th Birthday Celebration and the Beach2Beach Fun Run
  • We acknowledge the tireless efforts of our donor community and offer some ideas for those looking to help in the future

Term 1 2022 Program Highlights

Our Board-endorsed reduced program began on 14 February 2020

Modifications to the program have continued into 2022 as we carefully navigate a COVIDSafe path through this pandemic. Changes include a smaller cohort of students (20 students, down from 84 at full capacity) over a shorter period (five days, not the usual 12-day stay).

There has, however, been no compromise on the level of fun on offer!

Over the coming months

From Term 2, we will return to operate the usual 12-day program, adapted with a smaller cohort of country children and from the same area. We remain optimistic for an on-track return to full pre-COVID capacity for the start of Term 4.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are pleased to provide an update on the following events that have been rescheduled for 2022, following cancellations in 2021.

90th Birthday Fundraising Dinner

Our fundraising dinner at the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach, Sydney, is on Tuesday, 7 June 2022.

You are invited to join in the celebration. See our website for details and to purchase tickets.

Beach2Beach Fun Run

The inaugural Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run, scheduled in 2021, has encountered several setbacks, including COVID and bleak weather forecasts.

The organisers, Rotary Club of Brookvale, are trying for 3rd-time-lucky on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

We look on the bright side, once again, as we get even more time to train and raise funds. You may prefer to support Stewart House with a one-off donation if registering to join our team on the day isn’t appealing. Details for all levels of support are available via this link.

DONATIONS

We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many supporters, individuals, clubs, and organisations who donate in-kind goods and services to enhance the experience of the children who visit. This support level helps us free up our budget for the many other essential services we provide.

As we regularly receive enquiries about new ways to support our Program, we thought we would provide some information on some great options:

Gifts and Rewards

While at Stewart House, the children participate in an awards program where they receive High Five Dollars for displaying the following three core attributes throughout their stay. To be safekind and fair, and for having a go.

These ”dollars” can then be used in the Stewart House High Five Shop, which stocks a wide range of brand new age-appropriate toys and gifts for which the children redeem their dollars on the day before departure. Also, each child celebrating a birthday while at Stewart House gets to take home a special present from a range of brand new items. It’s a real treat!

This fun element of the program would not be possible if not for the generosity of support from schools, individuals, clubs and organisations. Learn more about how you can get involved in gift-giving for Stewart House children.

Recycle for Cash

Offering an eco-friendly option to donate to Stewart House by recycling your bottles and cans is ReCollecta door-to-door bottle collection service that makes fundraising for your favourite charity a breeze.

It’s pretty easy. Jump online and book a pickup using https://app.re-collect.com.au/stewarthouse, nominate Stewart House as your preferred charity recipient, and place your bags outside for collection. ReCollect will allow everyone (individuals, schools, businesses, etc.) to donate directly to our organisation.

Spread the word!

 

Meet Bowie!

Bowie is the newest member of staff in our Stewart House School. This handsome guy joins the team as our Emotional Support Puppy.

He is still in training, and we are excited to share more about him in the coming months.

Events, Fundraising, Newsletter, Program News

Term 2 2021

We are pleased to provide a summary of highlights from Term 2 2021

In brief:

  • Delivering a COVID Safe program that’s fun and engaging
  • The Diggers’ Easter Bunny paid our students a surprise visit
  • Our Anzac Day assembly incorporated education, appreciation and some fun
  • We provide details on some significant fundraising events coming up

Term 2 Program Highlights

We continue to follow the protocols of our COVID Safe Plan to deliver an engaging program

Under the guidance of our strict COVID Safe Plan, we continue to host weekly groups of up to 20 children per group for a modified program. This term, children from five Sydney metropolitan areas enjoyed a five-night stay (down from 12-days) where they received medical, dental and optometric assessments and treatments.

Despite the restrictions and constraints in place to ensure the students’ safety and wellbeing, there’s no limit to the fun children experience at our unique facility located across the beach at South Curl Curl.

 

Easter Bunny Visit

We thank the Harbord Diggers’ Easter Bunny for a yummy and fun visit!

It was smiles all around, not to mention the sandy feet and melting chocolate, when the Harbord Diggers (Mounties Group) Easter Bunny paid our students a surprise visit right before the Easter break.

Affectionately referred to by locals as “The Diggers”, this local RSL club has been a long-time supporter of Stewart House. Each year, the club hosts a dedicated Christmas party for children in residence and gives generously.

We thank the club for its ongoing support and commitment to putting smiles on the children’s faces.

Anzac Day Commemorations

Children took part in a special assembly to commemorate, and learn about, Anzac Day

Children from the greater Newcastle region took part in a special Anzac Day assembly on Friday, 23 April, to commemorate the 106th Anniversary of the landing of ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli.

The service included the reciting of the Ode and the playing of the Last Post. Students then observed one-minute silence before the sounding of the Rous – a short bugle call used to call soldiers to duty. The efforts of Indigenous soldiers who have fought in all wars, including World War was also acknowledged.

The children collaborated to create a Remembrance Wall, where each student glued their face onto the petals of oversized paper Poppys.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are excited to be participating in some terrific face-to-face events this year, and we would love your support!

You may know a friend, family member, or colleague interested in lending their support. Please consider forwarding this newsletter or directing them to contact us.

Our 90th-Birthday Dinner

We are planning a special dinner and fundraising event to celebrate our 90th birthday. On Tuesday, 31 August 2021, the event will be held at the iconic heritage-listed Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach in Sydney.

More information on ticket sales, auction and raffle prizes will follow.

How you can help support our event

We are looking for donations in the form of gift certificates or prizes that can be used as a raffle prize or a silent auction item. We will acknowledge all contributions in our program on the evening.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss donating a prize for our auction or raffle.

 

Beach2Beach Fun Run

Please support Stewart House and the other amazing local charities in the scenic Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run event.  You can join our team, or create your own and nominate Stewart House as your charity of choice.

There are three distances to choose from, so come along for a run, jog or walk on Sunday, 22 August 2021.

Register Now