Page 1756 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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Karinya House—Mother’s Day ball

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.00): Mr Gentleman spoke last night about Karinya House, home for mothers and babies, and their successful fundraising event last weekend. I would like to add my voice of appreciation to Karinya House for the work they do and for the extraordinary success of their fundraising event. As members would know, I have been closely associated with Karinya House since before it was established. When the proposal was put to raise the $300,000 that was needed to establish Karinya House in the late 1990s, I was sceptical that the community could raise the funds and I was very pleasantly proven wrong. I often am proven wrong, and on this occasion I was pleased to be proven wrong.

The event on Friday night was at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, a long-time supporter of Karinya House, and their generosity over the years to Karinya House and their fundraising activities are greatly appreciated. Many members of the public were there, and you could almost have held a meeting of the ACT Legislative Assembly, with Mr Gentleman, Mr Rattenbury, Ms Fitzharris and Mr Smyth all present and very willing supporters on the night. This was a fundraising event and many people generously donated. There is a mystery wine sale every year. It used to be a wine auction, but it has become so popular and there have been so many donations of wine that it has been streamlined. The wines were sourced and donated by Tim Kirk, David Pike, Clonakilla wines, Eden Road Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, Ravensworth wines, Brindabella Hills Winery, Grant Burge Wines and Summerhill Wines.

There were an extraordinarily number of donors on the night: Erica Walker, Susie Kneebone, Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant, Dendy Cinemas, Catholic Church Insurance, Mel Hill Photography, Premier Hotel and Apartments, HotelHotel, Just Cuts, Meagan Wilson, Forrest Hotel and Apartments, Momento Dezigns, Peli and Co, gatbi, Madam Assistant Speaker Ms Nicole Lawder MLA, the National Press Club of Australia, Wolfie, the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Electric Firefly Design, Seg Glide Ride, Catherine Bandle, Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Handmade, Poetry in Flowers, and Luisa Lopes. Tim Kirk and Clonakilla wines generously donated a signature magnum of their extraordinary 2013 shiraz viognier. An original artwork by Elizabeth Corkhill-Knight was part of the live auction. Marilyn Fenner donated a surfboard; Helen Cathles donated an extraordinarily beautiful hat, which I did not buy; and Mr Lyle Dunne is going to cook a dinner for a large number of people who paid handsomely for that. Other donors were the UC Brumbies, Corkhill Engineering, Clarke Keller, Christine Waring Designer Millinery, the National Gallery of Australia shop, Annie Pritchard and Big W.

This is a who’s who of the community and people who are prepared to support this organisation. I compliment Sara Kelly and her committee, Marie-Louise Corkhill and her staff, for the work they did on the night. The night was ably emceed by Michael Cooney, author, and he also did most of the auctioneering, with the able assistance of Tim Kirk.

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