May 2017! Well – it really was the month of events this year, and it really did make the month of May very special indeed!

Kicking us off on 5 May, was the 2017 Annual Mother’s Day Gala Dinner.  What a great night it was.  Our sincere thanks to emcee Michael Cooney and all our supporters for this wonderful event….. such an extensive list that we have given them their own dedicated Gala Supporter’s page on the website.   We thank the many Corporates, Businesses, Wineries and individuals who supported this event either through their sponsorship of the event with a table, or with items for the Auctions, Raffles and that magnificent mystery wine draw – all of these aspects ensure the fundraising aspect of the Gala Dinner is maximised.  The Gala Dinner this year had a couple of format changes due to some welcome feedback from our guests.  The new format, with drinks on arrival and an alternate drop entree allowed more space in and around the tables. It also was a much better way to welcome our wonderful guests. The band this year, the wonderful Hit Parade, provided some great entertainment before the ‘business’ of the evening began at around 7.00pm.  And their post-business two hours of entertainment was fabulous. The dance floor was packed and the break in between their two sets provided some welcome relief for dancers to recharge!  The added excitement from the pro-bono services of AllBids – with the online auction page (and some wonderful items available) was a great addition to the evening.  We had three items going through to live auction on the night, with the inimitable Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Wines, auctioning off his heavenly magnum of 2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Voignier, personally signed and boxed – the first bottle from the 2015 vintage. Yes Tim has a style all of his own! The support generated by this item alone, as well as the four cases of Clonakilla provided for the Infamous Mystery Wine Draw, is a very significant contribution to the event, and the net proceeds arising therefrom, So many donors and supporters contributed to the success of this event.  To the pointy end then… the Gala Dinner raised net proceeds of $38,191. We also received $16,050 across 7 individual direct donations on the evening.  (Two of our annual and generous donors made up most of this total, with new contributions from new friends making up the rest.)  This funding goes a long way to contribute toward our annual fundraising target of $700,000 per annum.  As a service that is community based, and only partly government funded, we rely on our community to support around 50% of annual operating costs.  The costs of our expanded service have determined this new annual fundraising target and we thank you for helping us get closer to our target. (At the end of May we were about $250,000 short! – so we are hoping for a very generous June).  Hopefully as well as great fundraiser, all those who attended and joined in the celebrations with us had a great night!  Mark your calendars now – the 2018 Annual Mother’s Day Gala Dinner is 4 May 2018. (Yes – May the Fourth be with you!)

Links to add to the Gala Dinner Post Match report:

You can see images from the night in the photo gallery, available through the donated services of the wonderful Shelly Higgs of Novel Photographic.

You can see the Karinya 2017 Video Representation that aired at the Gala Dinner, with our thanks to the donated services of the equally wonderful Ben Wade of Missing Bits Productions.

Complete the Gala Dinner Survey – please! Thank you.

The very next day, 6 May, Karinya House was supported by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (Chapter 182) with proceeds from the Gold Coin Entry to their amazing Watch and Clock Display held at the Canberra Irish Club, as well as the raffle held on the day.  We like to think of Karinya House as a little bit quirky and this certainly was an event out of the box for us.  A couple of the Karinya Team went along for a look see.  The display certainly was extensive and there were the most intricate of time pieces on display, tiny time pieces to rather significant ly sized clocks.  The replica of John Harrison’s timepiece “H1” constructed entirely by Norm Banham, pictured below was just extraordinary!    The funds raised through this event were grateful excepted when Richard and Adam visited Karinya to deliver the cheque! Sincere thanks to Chapter 182 for this support.


Then to add to the fun of May, Bellydance Canberra kicked off the celebrations for World Bellydance Day (Held at the Belconnen Markets on 13 May), with a sister event, a Hafla (dance party) held on 6 May.  We couldn’t quite make the 6 May celebrations, but some of the team did head to World Bellydance Day on 13 May.  This crew do know how to party, and so many took part in various celebrations and events throughout the week.  The market day was indeed a wonderful display of colour, art and skill! To add to the simple fun of it all, throughout the week Bellydance Canberra held a raffle and all proceeds will be coming to Karinya House. Now that certainly is something to shimmy about!



On 7 May, a few of the Karinya Team were out at the 2017  Dirt de Femme! What a simply stunning day – and just so much fun!  You can read a great wrap of this event with thanks to the DDF Team.  We are most appreciative to the organising team, and Raynie McNee for inviting Karinya House to be the charity partner for this event. The financial donation from the event was generated by contributions from registration fees, general donations, massages provided by Physio Sport O’Connor with $1 per massage minute being donated to Karinya and our own great Sharwood Hamper Raffle – thank you Sharon!  Donations of new born items from some of the competitors were a lovely bonus. It was great on a perfect autumn day to be amidst the fun and energy of this inspiring event.  An event for women run by women! such a great synergy with Karinya House, and women supporting women.  You really should check out the photos on the DDF flickr gallery by Kieran Vale – the action, the costumes, the participants – just so much energy and fun! Uplifting.

Finally on 15 May, our inaugural Karinya House Business Breakfast was held at the wonderful Hyatt Hotel Canberra.  This event only occurred due to a long standing and generous offer by Chris Richardson, our very own local Budget tragic (self professed), and esteemed Partner with Deloitte Access Economics.  Chris’ entertaining style had the intimate gathering of only 100 guests laughing! yes – at a Post Budget Business Breakfast.  We heard about ‘crocodiles’ as well as the ‘mexican wave of raising eyebrows’ and yes this means we did hear about the 2017 Federal Budget.  Chris has agreed to come back next year – the date will be Tuesday 15 May 2018, and so has the rarely perturbed Michael Cooney, our emcee, The budget messages may be briefer as they may not be too different, but Chris will be able to answer the many direct questions we didn’t have time for as well.   Venue yet to be determined. But if you are interested please let us know as this may influence the event determinations! Thank you Chris, and all who attended this event… many not sure what to expect.  As well as an interesting, informative and fun! event, there was a neat balance of proceeds toward our 2016/2017 fundraising target!

So all in all – you can see May was a Mother’s Day Month indeed!  With an additional $6,830 raised through the Mother’s Day Appeal, the support for Karinya House and the opportunities to speak with our community about Karinya  all contributed to a month of celebration of the women supported by our community.  There were other speaking events and donations of some beautiful hand crafted material goods during the month as well.  Thank you.  Your support for all things Karinya really does make a difference.