Celebrations at Mums' Cottage
On the sunny Sunday afternoon of 20th March, many friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers gathered at Mums’ Cottage in Holmesville to celebrate the Cottage’s tenth birthday.
Mums’ Cottage operates as a not for profit organisation providing benevolent relief for individuals and families in the community (cf. mumscottage.org.au). Those words are brought to life through the friendship, companionship and practical support Mums’ Cottage offers to women and families who are finding life challenging. Mums’ Cottage is for families of every kind.
The seed for the start of Mums’ Cottage was in the dream Sr Helen Anne Johnson, in the support of the Leadership of the Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar and in the collaboration with the local Uniting Church. Today Mums’ Cottage is truly an ecumenical venture with the support of the Anglican and Baptsist churches also.
The tenth birthday celebration began with an Acknowledgement of Country and prayer. Then followed an introduction by Lorraine, patron of Mums’ Cottage and a very interesting power point presentation recounting the journey of the last ten years. Sr Helen Anne shared her memories and encouraged others to recall the blessings that have come to them because of their involvement with Mums’ Cottage. Sr Lauretta Baker, the Sisters’ Congregational Leader and Mr John Whittle who had been instrument in setting up the necessary business and financial structures spoke of their joy in seeing the difference the facility is making to so many people.
A few days before the ten-year celebration Mums’ Cottage had a surprise visit from the Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Kay Fraser who is a great supporter of Mums’ Cottage, MP Sharon Claydon, Dan Repacholi and Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek who pledged to support the work at the Cottage. She said the visit was special as she had met at Mums’ Cottage an extraordinary group of women led by Sr Helen Anne who every day helped some of the most disadvantaged members of their community.
The building housing Mums’ Cottage is the former Uniting Church of the Sugarloaf Community which they generously gifted for the project but which is now need of renovating. A grant would mean improved facilities for the courses, counselling services, play and craft groups that operate regularly from the Cottage and more space in the co-op for clothes and supplies. A grant would make a world of difference to Mums’ Cottage.