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Thursday, November 26, 2020

40 years of Calvary Hospital

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is celebrating 40 years of service this month, having officially opened its doors on 2 March 1979.

ACT Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris said Calvary has been modernised and improved over the years, with some of Canberra’s best doctors, nurses and allied health staff working at Calvary.

“Much has changed at Calvary since it opened 40 years ago. Notably the Sisters are no longer active in the hospital, but their mission of ‘Being for Others’ remains evident,” she said.

Calvary Public Hospital was officially opened on 2 March 1979 by Archbishop Edward Clancy and then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. Throughout 2019, Calvary staff will celebrate anniversaries of the service commencement and expansion that occurred through 1979. Celebrations began with birthday celebrations and staff length of service awards on Thursday 7 March.


Say hello to Raw Potential Canberra

YouthCARE Canberra has rebranded to Raw Potential Canberra – and the organisation’s vision to empower disadvantaged youth by providing opportunities for a bright future remains strong.

The new name was launched at the end of January. According to board director Justine Redwin, part of the decision to rebrand stemmed from the perception that the organisation was related to the church.

She said there is a fairly negative inference with that at the moment which they wanted to move away from and instead “focus on the positive service and objective of what we are doing”. Raw Potential Canberra provides support and assistance for young people that are often extremely isolated and disengaged from the general community.

Ms Redwin said they are planning to develop an employment pathway for clients with the local construction industry while they are also raising funds for an outreach van.

As they don’t receive any government funding, she said they rely on the generosity of the community to function and are trying to diversify their income stream.

The organisation benefitted from a fundraiser held at Cockington Green on Monday 11 March, where entry was via a gold coin donation, while they are also one of the two charities to share in funds raised at the P² Invitational today (Thursday 14 March).

Ms Redwin said funds from the Invitational will be put towards the outreach van. The vehicle will be stocked with food, water, swags (sleeping bags), and laptops for service information and referrals.

Going mobile will allow Raw Potential Canberra to reach out to vulnerable young people in the community and provide immediate to moderate support, including crisis support and emergency relief.

For more information, visit rawpotential.com.au or follow Raw Potential Canberra on Facebook or Instagram [@rawpotentialyouth].

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