Friday 24 May 2019
Friends and supporters of Sylvanvale’s Retail Therapy have gathered together at a special luncheon to celebrate the store’s 50th anniversary and to raise funds for children and young people with disability. Around 100 guests attended the luncheon, held at 1908 Cronulla Restaurant on Friday 24 May 2019.
The highly successful event, which was emceed by Sutherland Shire Councillor Carol Provan, included a fashion show and interview with Australian fashion stylist and influencer Kimberley Skye.
Guests included the Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Sylvanvale Chairman Jeff McCarthy and Sylvanvale Life Members Lorna Stone AM and Jill Pracy, as well as Retail Therapy volunteers, supporters, Sylvanvale families and employees.
Retail Therapy is a profit-for-purpose opportunity shop located in Caringbah that sells recycled fashion and homewares. Funds raised from every sale go to supporting and empowering people with disability to live the life they choose. The shop includes a dedicated team of around 40 volunteers and employs people with disability, providing them with valuable skills.
At the luncheon, which was held during National Volunteer Week, Sylvanvale’s CEO Leanne Fretten recognised the many people who have supported Retail Therapy over the years.
“Our Retail Therapy volunteers work tirelessly to help raise funds for people with disability,” said Leanne.
“Thanks to their efforts, as well as our talented all-abilities employees and the support of the people who donate and shop with us, Retail Therapy has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment and services for people with disability since its inception 50 years ago.”
“We are very grateful to them and to the people who attended and supported our 50th anniversary luncheon today. Because of their collective contribution, Sylvanvale can continue to make a difference to the lives of people with disability.”
Sylvanvale Foundation was formed in 1947 when a group of parents united to form an organisation that would give their children with 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 the Greater Sydney Region to live and participate in their community, as they choose.