Local disability services provider Sylvanvale held a highly successful 70th Anniversary Cocktail Party at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre on Friday 23 June 2017. The $62,000 raised from the event means that Sylvanvale can now proceed with a renovation of the Garden House in Sutherland, where recreational, enterprise and permaculture activities are held for people of all abilities.
The main purpose of Friday’s event, which celebrated Sylvanvale’s 70th Anniversary, was to fundraise for the Sutherland-based community hub Garden House. The site at Garden House currently has issues preventing some people from being part of its activities, including no accessible ramps to enter the house, poor drainage, uneven pavers, a very small and impractical kitchen and lack of accessible toilet. During the event, Jack Kelly, who recently joined Sylvanvale’s centre-based activities at Garden House, explained how he is unable to fully participate due to its issues.
Guests at Friday’s event included The Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Sutherland Shire Councillor Steve Simpson, Sylvanvale Board members Jeff McCarthy, Robert Brown, David Kelly, David Rafferty and John Slack and members of Sylvanvale’s founding families. The event was supported by a very generous group of individuals and businesses, including major sponsors Total Car Body repairs, Westfield Miranda, Edmen, Singleton Moore Signs, Club Central and mySupply Store.
Cathy Quinn, Executive General Manager, Customer & Community Relations at Sylvanvale, said: “The success of our 70th Anniversary Cocktail Party is thanks to the very generous support of businesses and individuals within the community. We are grateful for their contribution and very excited that we can now make Garden House accessible and a place that everyone can enjoy.”
Sylvanvale Foundation was formed in 1947 when a group of parents united to form an organisation that would give their children with a disability a better quality of life through access to education and social inclusion. Today we support over 750 children and adults from a range of cultural backgrounds across Sydney and the Blue Mountains to live and participate in their community, as they choose.
For more information or to organise an interview or photo opportunity, please contact Andrea MacKay, Media & Communications Specialist, Sylvanvale, ph 0401 977 096, 8536 0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org