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JULY 2019

August Gathering

Replacing our usual Gathering on Sunday 11 August we have been invited to this event in Forrestfield.

The proceeds from raffles on the day will come to L’Arche Perth so if you have any items that could make up a prize, please let Anabelle know on 0419 945 147 and get them to her by Thursday 8th.

Respond here and we'll get a couple of tables together.

July Gathering

We welcomed students Emma, Tom and Sam from ECU and Notre Dame Unis to our July get-together and had a great time opening up all the musical instruments, courtesy of a grant from ConnectGroups. Thanks to Samantha for her successful application. We also celebrated NAIDOC week with songs and activities planned by Nora.

Vale Peter Toohey

It was good to share our memories and photos of Peter Toohey following the shock of his passing. He will be remembered as a man whose life made a difference, especially to those marginalised in our society.

He was drawn to those whom society rejected, serving in the prison ministry for more than two decades, supporting refugees in practical ways and delighting in the company of those with special needs. He will be greatly missed.

News from the Board 

At the L’Arche National Board meeting our request for a grant to pay the stipend for a Community Life Leader was agreed. We would like to acknowledge the help we received from Greg Smith, Chair of the Sydney Community, who worked on our budget predictions and spoke in support of our grant application at the meeting. L’Arche Perth will need to fundraise for the living expenses incurred. All that stands in the way now is the visa process which is being handled by national Leader, David Treanor.

As you know Vera Waldby has stepped back into the Chair role until we find a permanent replacement. Our hope of repeating the earlier discernment process has not yielded any likely candidates so we have begun to advertise and spread the word among our networks. If you know of anyone who would be able to take up this position, please let Vera know (0407 383 085). The board would also like to expand from 6 to 8 members so please cast around among your networks for possible candidates and Vera will send them the position descriptions.

News from core members 

Marie and Robbie enjoyed a live-in weekend at the end of June, despite the drama of a power blackout.

They attended a concert in support of Mercy Ships on Saturday afternoon and a candle-light supper - until the power came on at 8pm.

Pia and her family are soon to return from three months in Sicily and Yolanda and her family have been visiting family in Holland and enjoying the tennis at Wimbledon where Yolanda hoped to see her idol, Roger Federer.

Sarah continues to settle into her new house; she and Mark recently shared a birthday party and she shared her favourite present with us at the last Gathering - a collage of special photos from Maud and Yolanda.

She also received a Certificate of Appreciation for her volunteering work with L’Arche Perth, serving on the Spiritual Life Committee and speaking about L’Arche to community groups.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 4 August at 5pm.
Join us again for the annual Evensong service at St George’s Cathedral when the communities of Crosslinks and L’Arche come together to celebrate the contribution of people living with a disability. A light supper is served after.

Sunday 10 November from 2-4pm.
Our AGM will be followed by afternoon tea and our usual Gathering.
The new financial year is a good time to consider making tax-free donations. Please consider L’Arche Perth if you are thinking along these lines.
EFT: WESTPAC Bank Account name: L’Arche Perth Inc

BSB: 036 302  
Account: 383 187 
Please include your name in the transfer details. 

Alternatively you can make one-off donations by: 
Cheque: payable to L’Arche Perth Inc directly into our Westpac Bank account.
Cash: Please make cash payments directly into our Westpac Bank Account, including your name. 
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