This is what the Order is all about!

Sunday, July 18 2021


Members of Wollongong Chapter No 59 were recently offered the chance to nominate a charity to which a donation of $2500.00 per member could be allocated in the name of our Chapter. As a result of this exercise 16 Charities were named, some members chose the same recipients which then increased the amounts to the individual charity involved.

We arranged a special Afternoon tea to follow our Regular Meeting held on Saturday 20th June 2021 and invited representatives of the charity organisations nominated to attend and personally receive their donation.

We had the pleasure to welcome representatives from six of the charities:
Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services (SAHSSI), The Shepherd Centre, Ostomy NSW, RSPCA, Agnes Ginges Centre (Molecular Cardiology research), the Disability Trust and one of our members son in law came along to speak on behalf of Ronald McDonald House.

Each recipient along with their Chapter nominators had photographs taken receiving their cheque, each representative spoke on behalf of their organisation giving us some insight into the services they provide and the people who benefit in our community. Some of the stories told were very moving and our members were left with a sense of pride and a tear in their eye knowing that in some small way Wollongong Chapter are assisting these organisations to continue their wonderful services and research which benefit those in need throughout our society.

Those charities who were unable to attend received their donation by mail:
Bears of Hope, Cure Brain Cancer, Smith Family (Sponsor a Child) MS Research, Ronald McDonald House, Leukaemia Foundation, Garvan Institute (Molecular Cardiology research), Beyond Blue, Black Dog Institute and Oesophageal Cancer research.

We are very proud to say that Wollongong Chapter donated a total of $75.000.00 for this project and are looking forward to continuing the fundraising efforts that has taken place over the past 88 years supporting charities by the members of Wollongong Chapter.

Fraternal Regards

Norah Mitchell PWDGM
Wollongong Chapter No 59