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Message from the Chairman

Greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, a time to pause and reflect on the value of women in our society and the world. It is my privilege, every day, to meet women as they experience the journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I admire women for their choice to undertake that journey, for their physical and emotional strength. I celebrate their joy and I am moved beyond words by the purity of their love and their selfless devotion to their children. My heart aches when I witness the pain that comes with loss in pregnancy or birth. I am determined that we as individuals and as a community must support women for whom mental illness impairs their experience of mothering. On International Women’s Day, on behalf of the Gidget Foundation, we express our admiration, appreciation and love for the women in our lives and wish them happiness today and beyond. Dr Vijay Roach.

Surfhour Challenge

A fundraiser for the Gidget Foundation is happening in March - please get involved! To participate in the SurfHour Challenge you simply need to be willing to dedicate an hour of your time in the water during the month of March at your local beach. You can be any age (kids are welcome to register). You don't have to be a great surfer. You don't even need a surfboard. Any form of wave riding is encouraged - surfing, stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, body surfing, surf life saving, nippers and paddling. You can also choose to set yourself a challenge to make it more exciting. 
You can take part in the Surfhour Challenge in your own time at your own local beach and there are some great prizes to be won including Go Pros, a surfboard, surf lessons, surfing magazines, movie tickets etc. 
Find out more about the event, how to register or make a donation by clicking through to the website
The idea is to get wet, have fun but surf with a PURPOSE - one hour, on one day. Get sponsored, or make a donation... make your surf count!

Career After Kids

The Gidget Foundation is excited to be partnering with Career After Kids to run seminars for women and men who are planning their parental leave or planning a return to the workforce after the birth of a baby.  The seminars are supported by Westpac and provide advice and support for parents. Included are topics such as flexible work arrangements, career goals, life balance and wellbeing needs.  Career After Kids presenters Emma Walsh, Director, mums@work and Jennifer Beard, Principal, Polaris Coaching bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their seminars.  Emotional wellbeing is also extremely important to consider at this time and insights and advice are provided by Gidget Foundation CEO, Catherine Knox.    
Upcoming Seminars are scheduled for: Melbourne 26 March & Adelaide 27 March 2013
For more information please contact or phone (02) 9967 8377

Donations to the Gidget Foundation
You can now donate online to the Gidget Foundation. Donate now to 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 depression. We really appreciate every bit of support!


Woman of the Year Award: Catherine Knox, Gidget Foundation CEO

Gidget Foundation CEO has been awarded Woman of the Year for the Davidson electorate for her work in the area of perinatal anxiety and depression.  This award recognizes Catherine’s passion to improve awareness, education, services and resources in the area of perinatal mental health. Catherine has been privileged to work with some wonderful and talented people which has enabled the implementation of the Emotional Wellbeing Program at North Shore Private Hospital.  This program has been made possible through a grant from the nib foundation.  This program has also highlighted the need to establish Gidget House, a service to support women and families impacted by perinatal anxiety and depression.

 ‘This award reflects all the work being done by the special women and men associated with the Gidget Foundation.  It also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to promote the projects that are made possible through collaboration with many different organisations.’

The Women of the Year Award has been established by the NSW government in order to recognize the work of women across the state.  An awards ceremony will be held to coincide with International Women’s Day at NSW Parliament House and will be hosted by Pru Goward, Minister for Women.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date! Gidget Ladies Lunch 26th July 
Our eagerly awaited next Ladies Lunch will be held on Friday 26th July. Venue to be confirmed shortly.  Please save the date and watch this space!

Gidget Corporate Lunch - November 2013 
Our biennial Gidget Corporate Lunch will be held in November to coincide with Postnatal Depression Week. Venue: NSW Parliament House. Watch this space for more details!

Expert on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression to visit Warrane College

Dr Vijay Roach, Chairman of the Gidget Foundation which promotes awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression among women and their families, will be the guest speaker at Warrane College’s formal dinner on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.

Dr Roach, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, became involved in spreading information about the condition after his own wife, Ms Catherine Knox, went undiagnosed with it for two years while she and their family “suffered terribly” as a result. Twenty years later, Ms Knox is now Gidget Foundation CEO and Dr Roach also spends a great deal of time spreading the word about the condition. He says he once spoke at a Rugby pub lunch where “400 unsuspecting men were duped into listening to his story on the pretext of a free beer and the Bledisloe Cup!”

Among those whom the Gidget Foundation is seeking to reach through events like its annual Postnatal Depression Week are lawyers, business people and corporates.

According to the foundation, the reason for targeting this group of people is that perinatal anxiety and depression is not simply a new mother’s issue. The foundation points out that fathers often “suffer mental health changes with a new baby and men are often deeply affected if their spouse is unwell”.

The foundation believes that the implications for employers, business and the wider society is both enormous and unrecognised. “Any positive change in the way that new parents experience new parenthood is beneficial to everyone,” the Foundation points out.

Dr Roach will speak in the College’s Main Common Room, University of New South Wales after formal dinner at approximately 7.15 pm.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters particularly those who have generously donated funds through 'EveryDayHero' and 'Go Fundraise'. Brilliant!


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