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Happy Mother's day from the Gidget Foundation

People you meet may not remember what you said. They may not remember what you did. But they will always remember how you made them feel. Thank you to our mothers, who care for us and nurture us and always make us feel loved and valued. To know that you are adored unconditionally is the greatest gift. The Gidget Foundation sends our love to all women, those with children, and those who give the gift of mothering to others. We never forget the mothers who are not with us, who will always, always live in our hearts. To the mothers whose children are no longer with them, they felt your love and always will. As our mothers have taught us, the Gidget Foundation wraps our arms around you this Mother’s Day.
Dr Vijay Roach, Chairman, Gidget Foundation

2016 Ladies Lunch

Save the date!  Friday 22 July 2016.  Invitations will go out soon. Make sure you book early as this event sells out quickly.
Other Events

The 2016 calendar year will also include some other fantastic opportunities to be involved with the Gidget community. Get together with friends and colleagues, have some fun, and help support the Gidget Foundation programs.

Barker Old Boys Rugby Union Football Club

Barker Old Boys Rugby have just announced that they will once again be generously supporting the Gidget Foundation on their Ladies’ Day, Saturday 28 May at Turramurra Oval from 11am.

As those of you who’ve been involved in previous years know, it’s a fun family day with great community atmosphere. For more information go to the BOBRUFC facebook page.

Gidget Rugby Lunch
The Gidget Rugby lunch, Wednesday
17 August 2016
is a not to be missed event for every rugby bloke. More detail to come.

Melbourne Cup Lunch
Melbourne Cup Lunch, Tuesday
1 November 2016
hosted by Kerryn Baird and Peninsula Pals will be the place to be seen on Melbourne Cup Day.

Each year we have a handful of Gidget Foundation supporters who decide to set themselves a running challenge. We are extremely grateful to those who also choose to fundraise and rally their friends and family to support them.

Let us know if you plan to run in a half marathon, a marathon, the City2Surf, the Color Run or in any other event. We would love to support you and will provide you with a Gidget Foundation t-shirt and visor.

Click here to link to our running campaign on Givematcher where you can easily set up your own fundraising page and tell us more about your challenge.

Baby and Toddler Shows

Once again the Gidget Foundation have been invited to participate in the Advice Hub at the Baby and Toddler Shows in 2016 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.  We were represented by two Gidget midwives, Carol Himmelhoch and Sue Nettleton in Brisbane and two Gidget interns, Georgia Carney and Natasha Walker in Melbourne.  Our message was ‘Caring for your Emotional Health’.  Our stands were visited by 100s of people and we provided seminars enabling us to spread our message of care to a large audience.

It was wonderful to see the Baby and Toddler Showbags with the Gidget Foundation logo and message being carried around by parents in Melbourne and Brisbane.

We are now looking forward to our participation in the Sydney show in September.

General Practitioner / Psychologist / Medical Student Presentations

Dr Vijay Roach and Catherine Knox continue to provide ongoing education to medical students, GPs and psychologists.  Most recently presentations have been given at The Mater Hospital, Crows Nest and The Black Dog Institute Randwick.  

The Stork arrives at Gidget House!

Jacquie Murray, our wonderful Gidget House manager, has given birth to baby Lucy. Everything is going well and Jacquie says “she’s totally in love with her”.

While Jacquie is away from work we have employed the fantastic Penny Bailey to work as our new Gidget House manager and to look after Gidget Foundation administration. Penny will be working Wednesdays and Fridays at Gidget House. On Mondays and Thursdays, Georgia Carney manages reception — Georgia is hoping to study Medicine next year. Tuesdays at Gidget House is managed by Melisa Tonge - Melisa has been helping at Gidget House since it opened and has studied counselling.

Getting to know the Gidget Team

In each of our newsletters we’d like to give you a bit of insight into the various members of the Gidget Team. In this edition we introduce you to Alexandra (Zarnie) Berthold.

Zarnie is on the Gidget committee and does the graphic design work for the Gidget Foundation. The newsletter that you’re reading is designed by Zarnie! She’s also the creative flair behind our logo, the invitations to our events, our brochures and our event booklets. She has amazing ideas and can jazz up any presentation or work with any theme. Zarnie was a close friend of Gidget’s and is one of the founders of the Gidget Foundation. 

Gidget House

Gidget House is now open 5 days a week with the Gidget psychologists providing professional care for a growing number of clients with diverse needs. We have now helped over 500 families and have scheduled over 2,600 appointments since opening in 2014. We  also offer Skype appointments ensuring that families in rural and regional areas can benefit from the care and support provided by Gidget House psychologists.  We are currently negotiating the expansion of our model.

Emotional Wellbeing Program

The Gidget Midwives provide free appointments for pregnant women attending North Shore Private Hospital in order to support their emotional wellbeing. These appointments have been made available through a generous grant and 5 year partnership with the nib foundation. More than 3700 families have benefited from the care provided. We would like to acknowledge and thank the nib foundation, and in particular Amy Tribe, for such wonderful support of this unique and valuable program.

We’re very excited to announce that the Mater Hospital will soon be commencing their Emotional Wellbeing Program, supported by The Gidget Foundation.   

Our research confirms the important role of the Emotional Wellbeing Program and has been recently published in a peer reviewed journal. Please refer to the Emotional Wellbeing Program tab on our website for a copy of the research paper or click here.

Four Gidget Midwives, Carol Himmelhoch, Emma Lane, Margaret Pitts and Jen Combet are presenting at the St John of God Conference, 6 May 2016.  This significant presentation will showcase the important work being done by the professional, passionate and caring Gidget Midwives at North Shore Private Hospital.  It also provides an insight into the culture of care at North Shore Private Hospital.

The Emotional Wellbeing Program has only been made possible through wonderfully collaborative work between The Gidget Foundation, North Shore Private Hospital, the nib foundation, Karitane and UNSW.  We’re now anticipating the growth of new collaborative partnerships as this program evolves.


The Growth Project

CEO Catherine Knox will be representing the Gidget Foundation at the Growth Project’s inaugural graduation event. Her graduation is the culmination of a 12 month program for charity leaders and business leaders. Please join us for this inspiring event on 25th May 2016 at The Concourse in Chatswood. RSVP to

You can make an online donation using the secure GiveNow website. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and you will receive an automatic receipt. Your donation will be used to help fund Gidget Foundation initiatives and programs designed to raise awareness, provide information and offer support to families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression. We really appreciate every bit of support!

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