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                                       Mary Potter Foundation                                                       Inc.

                               Mary Potter Matters                                            Winter 2006

Thank you to all
who supported
the Mary Potter                          Says
Foundation in
April at either our
                                         Farewell to
annual Walk for                          Sr Thora
Love or the
Strathalbyn Race Day.
The sun shone on both days and it

                                                                                                                                   Picture courtesy Bryan Charlton
                                         After a career spanning
was wonderful to see so many             more than 50 years
people enjoying themselves while         serving within the Sisters
supporting a very worthwhile             of the Little Company of
cause.                                   Mary, Sr Thora Specht has
                                         announced her retirement.
Please see the back page for more        She will retire from the
exciting upcoming events.                position of Director of
                                         Mission at Calvary Health
It is with some sadness that in this     Care Adelaide.
                                                                                Commenting on the acquisition by
issue of Mary Potter Matters we          Regarded with deep affection by
                                                                                Calvary of three other Adelaide
cover the retirement of Sr Thora         staff, volunteers, patients and
                                         families associated with Calvary       hospitals, Sr Thora said “The
Specht.                                                                         primary focus of quality and
                                         Adelaide, Sr Thora has been
Hers has been a truly lifetime           instrumental for 12 years in           compassionate care of those who
                                         ensuring that the philosophy,          are sick and dying will continue to
ministry, following the vision of
                                         mission and values of the Sisters of   be developed. Calvary Adelaide
Mother Mary Potter who worked
                                         the Little Company of Mary have        has benefited greatly from the
with the sick and dying to ensure        been promoted within the hospital.     support of benefactors and fund
that no one should die alone.
                                         “An essential aspect of the ministry   raising bodies and particularly the
The concept of compassionate,            of the Little Company of Mary has      Mary Potter Foundation which was
quality health care has been an          always been care and concern for       established in 1987.
                                         those who have a terminal illness
integral part of Sr Thora’s long                                                All moneys earned and funds raised
                                         and are dying, as well as providing
career. Whilst we are sad to see         quality and compassionate health       are used to improve the quality of
her leave, she has indelibly             care for those who are ill, together   care provided at Calvary.”
imprinted these qualities at             with their families and loved ones”    A series of farewell functions have
Calvary Adelaide and particularly        said Sr Thora.                         been planned within the hospital for
in the Mary Potter Hospice. They         During her career Sr Thora gained      Sr Thora and her retirement plans
will remain a living memento of          post graduate qualifications in        then include a Mary Potter
this wonderful lady.                     health administration, rising to the   pilgrimage to Nottingham, England
                                         position of Province Leader of the     during September.
The Board, friends, volunteers and       Little Company of Mary in Australia
                                         and South Korea and saw service        Calvary Adelaide welcomes the
staff of the Mary Potter Foundation
                                         in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne         appointment of Sr Anne Sheridan
wish Sr Thora a long and happy
                                         and Hobart before returning to         (LCM) to the position of Director of
retirement. We will all miss her                                                Mission at Calvary Adelaide, Sr Anne
                                         Calvary Adelaide in 1994 as
wonderful sense of humour and            Director of Mission.                   commences on the 3rd of July 2006.
caring compassionate nature.

Elizabeth Clare
                                         A South Australian Charity for South Australians
                                                                                                   A SIGN OF ETHICAL FUNDRAISING
Mary Potter Matters

                                                                   Walk For Love
                                                                   About 530 people enjoyed the 7km walk
                                                                   through the leafy streets of North Adelaide during the
                                                                   annual Mary Potter Walk For Love in early April this year.
                                                                   Many families, including dogs and strollers took
                                                                   part in the walk which raised over $22,000 for
                                                                   The Mary Potter Hospice.

  Channel 9 personality Troy Gray fires the starting pistol.

                                                                   The Red Hat Ladies turned out again to support the
                                                                   Mary Potter Foundation.

                                                                   Many families enjoyed the autumn sunshine.
  Special thanks to ETSA staff who supported the Walk for
  Love this year. Pictured above (from left): Julia Sagoleo,
  Toni Rowland and Maria Caruso.
  Thanks also to CEO Lew Owens who took part in the
  Walk, and Special Events Manager Russell Duncan who
  also assisted on the day.


                                        Nearly 480 racegoers attended the                   Lady Mary Downer
                                        annual Mary Potter Race Day at                     Alexandrina Council
                                        Strathalbyn this year.
                                                                                               Angelakis Bros
                                        Over $40,000 was raised from the                        Coca Cola
                                        event which will assist the Mary
                                                                                   Strathalbyn District Concert Band
                                        Potter Hospice.
                                                                                          Rod Miller Jazz Band
                                        The success of this event was made
                                                                                       Kiwanis Club of Rostrevor
                                        possible by the generous support of
                                        our sponsors and the assistance of
                                        the following:-                                 Lions Club of Strathalbyn
                                                                                       Rotary Club of Strathalbyn
                                                                                       International Linen Service
                                                                                              Turners Butchers
                                                                                              Regency Foods
                                                                                      The SA Bookmakers League
                                                                                        George Chapman Pty Ltd
                                                                                          Douwe Egberts Coffee
                                                                                              Jasol Chemicals
                                                                                      Macmont Catering Supplies
                                                                                      Farmhouse Fresh Fruit & Veg
                                                                                          Strathalbyn Foodland
                                                                                   Heritage Corner Bakery Goolwa
                                                                                              Agostino Estate
                                                                                       Rotary Club of Strathalbyn
                                                                                           Arkaba Hotel/Motel
                                                                                        Strathalbyn Racing Club
                                                                                           Field Public Relations
                                                                                      The Mary Potter Foundation
                                                                                             Volunteers & Staff
                                                                                     Margaret Gardner & Goolwa
                                                                                        Calvary Hospitality Staff

                                                                       Entertainment Books
                                                                          Now Available
                                                                    The 2006/7 Entertainment book is now
                                                                    available from The Mary Potter Foundation Inc.
                                                                    The book contains over $12,000 worth of
                                                                    offers from the best restaurants, cafés, take-
                                                                    away chains, activities and accommodation.
                                                                    Please phone Michelle on (08) 8239 0119
The catering team from Calvary Health Care (pictured left to        if you would like to receive an Entertainment
  right) Chefs Julian Larsen-Smith and Peter White, Wayne           Book. The price of $66 includes postage and
  Thomas, (Manager Hospitality Services) Maxine Whitby               proceeds aid The Mary Potter Foundation Inc.
    (Volunteer) and Leanne Hutton (Catering Supervisor).

                                                                                           Mary Potter Matters

C.     –         S T R A T H A L B Y N R A C E D AY 2 0 0 6

     The main race of the day
     was the 1350m Handicap
     sponsored by Elders Ltd.

     Pictured right is Elders’ State

                                                                                                               Picture courtesy Atkins Photography
     Merchandise Manager for
     SA/NT Rob Anderson
     congratulating Peter Moody
     trainer of Al Tayar the winner
     of the Elders Ltd Handicap.

     Rosalie Bridges, Rosslyn Butcher, Carol Adams and         Pip Ryan, Marie Egar, Pauline Rubeo and
     Vicky Johanson enjoying the race day atmosphere.        Peter O’Callaghan kicking up their heels to the
                                                                   music of the Rod Miller Jazz Band.

           Bruce Gardiner and Peter Petherick,                        Sister Mary Glowrey (LCM)
        long standing volunteers of the Mary Potter                 enjoyed a day out at the races.
        Foundation, enjoying a well earned break.

Mary Potter Matters

                         Grieving Children Given Support

                                                                    A favourite theme is to use finger prints to make
                                                                    butterflies. Another is to imprint a patient’s hand print on
                                                                    to a plate and include those of the child and other family
                                                                    members. Many are lovingly inscribed and become a
                                                                    tangible reminder for a child of their parent or
                                                                    grandparent who has passed away.
  Whilst most people are aware of the counselling and
  bereavement support provided by the Mary Potter                   “Often these plates are used by children as their birthday
  Hospice to adult family members, few people realise that          cake plates” explains Angeline Feary who assisted by
  this care also extends to the children of patients.               Louise Finnane coordinates the Fra Angelico Arts Group.
                                                                    “The child has a lovely
  Through the work of the Fra Angelico Creative Arts team           reminder of their
  at Mary Potter Hospice, children and their families can           mother, father or
  work together designing and creating artistic items such          grandparent and every
  as pictures, decorations and items of pottery.                    birthday they can read
  A visit to the Creative Art room in the Hospice will reveal       the message of love.”
  a room filled with vibrantly painted butterflies, pictures,       “This program assists
  plates and bowls, each one individually decorated to the          families to say their
  whim of the patients and their families.                          goodbyes and express
                                                                    their grief in ways that
                                                                    sometimes words

                                                                    Ecumenical Services
                                                                    The next Ecumenical Service will be held in the Chapel at the
                                                                    rear of Calvary Hospital at 1.30pm on Thursday 3rd August
                                                                    Everyone is welcome to attend. For enquires about
                                                                    memorial services please contact Pastoral Care at Calvary
                                                                    Health Care on 8239 9100.

     Volunteers Pam Allen (left) & Geraldine Foulis, are
     pictured supporting The Mary Potter Foundation by              Are You Updating your Will?
      selling tickets for the recent Mother’s Day Raffle.
                                                                    A bequest in your Will to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc
       The Mary Potter Foundation welcomes enquiries                ensures that the work of the Mary Potter Hospice will
      from anyone interested in volunteering in a range             continue.
       of capacities – please telephone the Foundation
                                                                    Please call the Executive Director, Elizabeth Clare on
           on (08) 8239 0119 and ask for Hilary.
                                                                    (08) 8239 0119 for a confidential discussion.

                                                                                                 Mary Potter Matters

       The Mayor of the
      City of Holdfast Bay
                                                                         The Alex von Doussa Committee
     “ Love
     I                                                                              presents

      Paris”                                                                “Bob Downe
         MAYORAL CHARITY BALL                                                and Smell
      Stamford Grand Glenelg Ballroom                                       the Roses!”
        7pm Saturday 22nd July 2006
                                                                          Hilton International Hotel, 7pm
                     Tickets $98 ea                                        Friday 1st September 2006

      Three course dinner, fine wines, beer and
                                                                                     Tickets $95 ea
        soft drinks. Major and Silent Auctions.

                 Tables of 10 or 12 or                                  An exciting evening featuring comedian
            individual bookings welcome.                               Bob Downe, fine wines and cocktail food
                                                                       and the auctioning of ‘Memory Boxes’ –
                    Dress: Black Tie                                        a Margie von Doussa concept.

       Bookings to Michelle at The Mary Potter                                   Bookings to The Mary Potter
           Foundation on (08) 8239 0119                                        Foundation on (08) 8239 0119

    Supporting The Mary Potter Foundation Inc                       All proceeds support The Mary Potter Foundation Inc

New Board                                          Calvary Hospital Auxiliary
Appointments                                           Upcoming Events
The Mary Potter Foundation                   BRIDGE DAY                                 BRUNCH
welcomes two new board members               Date:    Thursday, 13th July               Date:  Sunday, 19th November
to its Board.                                Contact: (08) 8379 5831                    Venue: Stamford Grand Hotel,
Mr Mat Denton is General Manager             ANNUAL BRIDGE DAY
– Merchandise with Elders Limited.           Date:  Thursday, 3rd August                TRADING TABLE
                                             Venue: Tranmere Tennis/                    Date:  Friday, 1st December
Mr John Birkill OAM is a grape                      Bowling Club                        Venue: Calvary Hospital
grower at McLaren Vale and
formerly Chief Executive Officer of            For further information regarding any of these functions please contact:
                                               Nora Arnfield (08) 8447 2242 or Margaret Clifford (08) 8379 5831
Masonic Homes Inc.


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