Parramatta Sun, Wednesday June 6th, 2001 – page 7
They’re eight women from Oatlands who are changing their community using a simple formula: a few organisational skills and a lot of compassion.
The group began in November 1997, when Ferial Youakim invited her friends around for a Melbourne Cup lunch.
Group member Eileen Behan said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision that simply snowballed.
“Ferial slapped her hand on the table and said,’we’re having a Melbourne Cup lunch and we’re going to raise funds for the Children’sn Hospital’,” Mrs Behan said.
“And it just grew from there. We wanted to give a bit back to the community.”
The group has just finished raising $14,000 for a local woman who needed a van and a lifter to transport her daughter, who has cerebral palsy.
Other fundraisers have included a Valentine’s Day ball that raised $12,800, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, that raised more than $4,000 and a Daffodil Day charity ball in Leichhardt that raised $70,000 for the Cancer Council. They’ve raised more than $190,000 since they started out.
“We enjoy doing things together because we are very lucky,” Mrs Behan said.
“Each mum really has something unique to offer and it is truly an amazing thing to watch them in action at a meeting.”
But Mrs Behan said alot of the credit was due to supporters and local business Citrix Software Systems. “It’s the people who come to these functions that make the difference.”