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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 October 2005) . . Page.. 3900 ..


Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Quinlan) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Karinya House

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.54): I come into this place to pay tribute to Karinya House and to the members of the public who support Karinya House. Karinya House, as members would know, is a home for women in distress during their pregnancy, a home for mothers and babies. It was a great privilege for me, when I became a member of this place, to become one of the patrons of Karinya House.

Recently, on 17 September, Karinya House had its annual fundraising ball. Again, it was a successful event. It is fantastic every year to see 250 or more people turn out in support of Karinya House. I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic board and staff of Karinya House: Cathy Cooney, the president of Karinya House, and Mary-Louise Corkhill and her fantastic staff. I also pay tribute to this government, the ACT government, which has supported Karinya House through ACT Housing and through government grants.

In the course of the evening, the president of Karinya House gave a presentation on its work and its plans for the future. It is very clear, for those who only come across Karinya from time to time, just what great work it does. One tribute paid to them by one of the social welfare professionals in this town was that we could fill Karinya House many times over and that the work that Karinya House does is the most coordinated and effective work that they have ever seen in providing assistance to pregnant women in distress.

A couple of testimonials from some of the former clients included: “We will always be grateful for Karinya’s ongoing support, kind words and lovely gestures.” “You are such an important part of mine and my child’s history together and you will be part of our future success.” It goes on like that.

I need to pay tribute, especially, to the fantastic organising committee and the stalwart supporters of Karinya House; to the principal sponsors, Clonakilla Winery of Murrumbateman and the Canberra Southern Cross Club; and to the other great sponsors and donors that made the night such a financial success, the Water’s Edge Restaurant, the Chairman and Yip, Anise, Mezzalira On London, Teatro Vivaldi, Brindabella Wine Tours, Lenovo, IMB Society, MJ Designed Baskets, Questacon, Natrelle Beauty Salon, Cockington Green, Kaleen Flowers, the National Dinosaur Museum, the Australian Reptile Centre at Gold Creek, the Enchanted Room and Santa’s Secrets, GreenGold Garden Centre at Federation Square, the Lolly Shop, Tim and Lara Kirk, Cindy Dare, Joan Suckling, GreenGold Garden Centre at Westfield Belconnen, Posh Pots, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Disciples of Jesus (Canberra), Rachel Campbell and the Rotary Club of Canberra and Fyshwick.


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