The Centre was awarded a Community Small Grant from the St Helens-St Marys Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank to support Professor Neil Pillar’s next visit, to be held in 2020.
Mr Nev Shaw and Mr Bryon Beggs generously donated proceeds from an open house and garden, held at their home in St Marys as part of the Bay of Fires Arts Trail weekend.
Donations of beautiful, unique hand-made quilts were received from Ms Ann Luttrell, and the Bicheno Busy Fingers group, as raffle prizes for fund raising.
Mr Bryon Beggs kindly donated an original oil painting also to be raffled for fund raising.
These were raffled through October-November, with prizes drawn at the Open House & Garden held in November (see below).
Mr Nev Shaw and Mr Bryon Beggs, long-time supporters and past long-serving committee members for the Centre, opened their unique, environmentally sustainable home and spectacular gardens to the public. This Open House and Garden was attended by several hundred people. The St Marys District School Entrepreneurial Group, led by Ms Rachel Hodge, provided morning teas and donated time to support the event, and Ms Merril Gough managed a plant stall, selling a wide array of home-grown plants. All proceeds from the event (admissions, plant sales, morning tea sales, and raffle ticket sales) were donated to the Centre. Many volunteers were there on the day to support a fabulous event!