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Gidget House Official Opening and Open Day in PND Awareness Week

An inspired and diverse community has supported us to get to this point and it is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase what your support has helped to achieve. All our friends and supporters are invited to visit Gidget House, 34 McLaren St North Sydney on Thursday 21 November between 10am-2pm.  You will have the opportunity to meet the Gidget team and celebrate our shared journey. Gidget House will open by taking enquiries and providing resources.  Clinical services will be commencing in the new year.

Nearly there!


We have pulled up carpets, cleaned, dusted and painted, rewired, re-carpeted and furnished Gidget House. It's very exciting.
 
The realisation of Gidget House has been made possible through the generous donations of time, money, products and expertise of many …
Special Thanks to:
  • Libby Bowditch for her vision, sourcing and interior design expertise  
  • Don Durie and John Hepburn and the painting team from Lindfield Rotary Club for the hours of consultation, professional direction and hands on painting, 
  • Bunnings Artarmon, Kennards Artarmon and Dulux for supplying the paint and painting equipment
  • Jason Bonnici and the team from from Bonn Electrics 
  • Cavalier Carpets who donated the carpet. 
  • Herbert Smith Freehils for legal Work
  • JBA for development application advice
  • The women and men of the Gidget board and committee for their personal muscle power and for supplying their children for child labour and their friends and family members who could pull up carpets, clean, had painting expertise, constructed all sorts of furniture and had a big  car to take a few serious loads of big rubbish to the tip. Thanks also for the coffees and wonderful food that was supplied to keep us all going!The Gidget Foundation will soon be able to facilitate a new and much needed service to support mothers, fathers and families on the North Shore of Sydney.




Jane Holmberg is to be the Practice Manager at Gidget House. Look out for her at the Official Opening and Open Day!
(see picture of Jane below)


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!


Gidget CEO Catherine Knox wins CALI award

CALI stands for: Community, Action, Leadership and Inspiration

The CALI Award is awarded to inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change. The CALI Awards bring you every day heroes, who are making the world a better place. Winners are selected for their leadership in creating positive change for people or the world around us.

CALI Award recipients are willing to do what it takes to make a difference and we think should be celebrated for what they are – modern day heroes.

Conference Presentations from the Gidget Foundation

Marce Conference, Melbourne 
10-12 October 2013

Emotional Wellbeing Program @ North Shore Private Hospital funded through a grant from the nib foundation

Dr Jane Kohlhoff, a researcher funded through Karitane to work with the Gidget Foundation presented a paper on this program at the Marce conference. Jane presented an interesting and insightful paper that highlighted the success and challenges of the program along with some interesting data.  Her presentation inspired discussion and much ongoing interest.This program at NSPH is running alongside similar programs that are operating within the public hospital system around Australia. Antenatal mental health screening is recommended for all pregnant women by the Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Practice Guidelines (2011)

The Gidget Foundation together with PANDA sponsored the conference breakfast. Speakers included MasterChef Australia finalist Samira El Khafir, PANDA CEO Belinda Horton, From the Heart WA President Judi Barrett-Lennard and Cathie Knox from the Gidget Foundation.The 6 perinatal mental health consumer organisations from across Australia were represented and a booklet outlining activities of this group was provided to the  clinicians and researchers in attendance. Copies of this booklet are available from the Gidget Foundation..
 
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Meeting  7-11 September 2013
Presentations on perinatal mental health were given by Catherine Knox and Dr Vijay Roach. This conference included a unique session on perinatal mental health.
 
Australian Society for Psychological Obstetrics and Gynaecology Annual Scientific Meeting 3-4 August 2013
Emotional Wellbeing Program presented by Carol Himmelhoch, midwife at North Shore Private Hospital

Postnatal Depression Awareness Week
17-23 November 2013

Help raise awareness and reduce stigma

Around 1 in 6 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and early parenthood. Please support the Gidget Foundation in whatever way you can in our work. We'd love to see you at one of the events listed below!


Gidget Foundation will be hard at work during PND Awareness Week!

Other Awareness Week activities that the Gidget will be involved with include:

MONDAY 18th November
10am Talks, Treats and Tea @ Narrabeen Tramshed Sponsored by Sydney North Shore and Beaches Medicare Local. Guest Speaker Cathie Knox

WEDNESDAY 20th November
10am Talks, Treats and Tea @ Lane Cove Library Sponsored by Sydney North Shore and Beaches Medicare Local. Guest Speaker Cathie Knox   
5.30pm  Official opening of Gidget House

THURSDAY 21st  November
10am-2pm Gidget House Open Day

SATURDAY 23rd November
9.30am  Bumps and Bubs Wellness Walk @ Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Sponsored by Northern Sydney Medicare Local. Guest speaker Dr Vijay Roach

Ladies who love to lunch

Winners of our Ladies' Lunch Raffle 'Ultimate Girls' Day Out' enjoy their day on the Harbour 
Ten lucky ladies enjoyed a lovely day being primped and pampered with professional hair and makeup and then whisked away to enjoy a one hour cruise on Sydney Harbour, sipping champagne and taking in the views en route to Manly Cove. They then lunched at Hugos Manly. 'The Gidget Team treated us to an amazing day of fun in the name of an important cause.  We all felt lucky to be on the harbour, and then to enjoy lunch at Hugo's.  I must say we all felt extra glamorous after the hair and makeup! Kindly donated by Hugos Manly and Shortys Liquor Merchants

Gidget Ladies' Lunch

Friday 26th July 2013
Doltone House, Hyde Park

WOW! Our 2013 Gidget Ladies’ lunch was a resounding success.

At the beautiful new Doltone House venue Hyde Park, just under 500 women and 4 men shared lots of laughter, a few tears and generously opened their wallets to help raise over $74,000. These funds will be directed towards supporting our next major project, the implementation of a referral centre, ‘Gidget House’. This initiative will provide a range of professional support services for families dealing with the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression.

Our passionate supporters laughed and cried and were ‘proud’ to be a part of the Gidget Foundation family. Our guest speaker Mary Coustas was extraordinary, very emotional and raw, eloquent and touching, but ultimately uplifting. We thank her for her strength to tell her story and are reminded about how precious and fragile life can be.

‘Gidget House’ marks the beginning of the next phase of the Gidget Foundation. We have overwhelming support from people who want to see us succeed. The roar in the room at Friday’s event confirmed that! A big thank you to everyone!




Spring Ladies' Luncheon

Thursday 26th September 2013
The Glenmore Hotel, The Rocks

The Glenmore Hotel at The Rocks hosted a Spring ladies lunch with the proceeds going to the Gidget Foundation. The ladies enjoyed champagne and jugs of Pimms whilst taking in the million dollar views! The speakers for the day were our brilliant CEO Catherine Knox and the incredibly captivating Vashti Whitfield. Over $3000 was raised on the day. A great day had by all and a big thank you to The Glenmore!


Upcoming Seminar

Gidget Foundation supports 'Career After Kids' upcoming seminar 
Tuesday 19th November 2013 (10-11.30am)

Level 22
275 Kent Street, Westpac Plaza
Sydney NSW 2000
For more information and bookings:
http://www.careerafterkids.com.au/

Thank you!

Thank you to the ongoing support from PwC, Herbert Smith Freehills and nib foundation.


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