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    Raising Hope Gala 2017

    Friday 8th Sep 2017

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Raising Hope Gala.

    It was a fantastic night with great entertainment and generous donations / bidding to raise money for our services.

    We hope to see you all at next years gala… stay tuned for a date and venue!


    Thank you to OUR HOSTS

    Laura Bennett and Duncan Robinson from Hope Radio

    Thank you to OUR GUEST SPEAKER

    Dr Catherine Robinson

    About Dr Catherine Robinson Catherine is a social researcher, international scholar and national advocate on issues related to homelessness including complex trauma and violence.  She is a sociologist by training and has a broad interest in social suffering, social care, compassion fatigue and ethics in research with vulnerable populations.  Her current research focuses on the needs and experiences of highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania.  Catherine returned home to Tasmania and joined the Social Action and Research Centre (SARC), Anglicare Tasmania after 13 years as an academic at University of Technology, Sydney.  Her key publications on homelessness include Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived (Syracuse University Press) and (with Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson) Homelessness in Australia (NewSouth Publishing). Catherine was also Co-Host (with Indira Naidoo) and Series Consultant on the Blackfella Film/SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless which screened in June 2017.

    Thank you to OUR GUEST PANEL


     Marion McConnell, Dianna Morris, Ian Hoffman and Brett Kenny

    Marion McConnell and her late husband Brian became involved with illegal drug issues following the death of their son to a heroin overdose in 1992.  Following this tragic event Marion immediately realised the injustice of our drug laws and became a strong advocate for better drug laws and policies which cause less harm to families and society. They both became founding members of Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform which commenced in 1995. Brian was the president for 20 years prior to his death in 2016 and Marion continues to be a very active member. FFDLR is committed to raising awareness of drug issues, promoting evidence based drug policies and encouraging community leaders to search for better drug policies.  It firmly believes that drug prohibition is a failed policy and alternatives that cause less harm need to be identified and implemented. In 2001 Marion and Brian were both awarded the Centenary Medal for raising awareness of drug related issues through Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform and in 2016 Brian was awarded an Order of Australia medal and this year Marion also received this recognition. Marion and Brian produced a book to commemorate 20 years of FFDLR. It is titled “The Drug Law Wars – 20 years of families fighting at the front” and was launched in November 2015 by Senator Katy Gallagher. Marion is also an active member of the Uniting Church in Australia where she was an elder for over 30 years and a member of its Social Action Group.

    Ian Hoffman is a Consumer Representatives and has worked in Mental Health services for 16 years. This is what is known in the Mental Health sector as designated roles.  This means sharing and using his lived experience of mental distress and seeking health for himself to strengthen Peer relationships that are focussed on other people’s health. Ian is currently working as a Human Rights and Social Justice Advocate in Mental Health inside Parramatta Mission. Aligned specifically with the Psychosocial Recovery oriented mental health services, as well as being available to people receiving Community Support services. Apart from working inside these relationships, Ian is involved in Systemic Advocacy throughout Parramatta Mission and has working relationships with Mental Health Peak bodies and the wider Mental Health sector. Education, support and honest relationships are cornerstones of his work. Brett Kenny is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, and 1990s. Brett was a Five-eighth and Centre for the Australian National team and New South Wales Blues and the Parramatta Eels. He played in 17 Tests, made 17 State of Origin appearances and won 4 premierships with Parramatta. Brett is considered one of the nation’s greatest footballers of the 20th century and holds the record of being the only player to have scored 2 tries in 3 (consecutive) grand finals, from 1981 to 1983. In February 2008, Brett was named in the list of Australia’s 100 Greatest Players




    Most Wanted

    From many bands and many gigs emerges “Most Wanted”.  Striving to deliver the highest quality covers of your favourite hits and audience satisfaction is how we get our buzz! With a great mix of experienced musos and talented youthful exuberance, a “Most Wanted” show will entertain with hits from 70s, 80s, 90s through to the present day, making your event a hit. Having many years of experience delivering quality covers at clubs, pubs, private functions and corporate events since 1981, the “Most Wanted” team bring a professional show and sound with personalised service. Having played together since 2012 under many different guises at venues such as the Bull and Bush Hotel, Towradgi Beach Hotel, Manly Leagues Club, Mount Pritchard Community Club and Australia Day at the Entrance Park 2014 and Australia Day at Ryde common 2015 our mix of talented female and male vocals allow us to deliver a broad range of music styles to your event.

    Tash Eloise

    Tash Eloise has the passion and skills to engage and entertain an audience providing them with the opportunity to embrace music as well as be a part of an enticing journey through her lyrics, melodies and performances. Tash Eloise’s highlighted achievements include graduating from the Talent Development Project, grand finalist in Channel Ten’s National Young Talent Time competition, featured artist in the School Spectacular, Winner of Kool Skools song-writing competition, has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts Languages in French and Japanese at The University of Sydney and is now completing a Master of Arts in Communication Management. Since her return from a year abroad in Japan as part of her degree, Tash Eloise has been actively performing for Accor Hotels throughout Sydney including weekly live sessions at Novotel Central as well as performing at recent, local events such as the Parramatta Riverfest and Arts Award Ceremony 2017 at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Tash Eloise continues to work towards her ambition of becoming an international communicator, songwriter and performer through the study of music and languages, whilst continuing to produce and perform her original music. 

    For further information, or any questions you may have, please contact us.

    Email: raisinghope@parramattamission.org.au Phone: (02) 9891 2277

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