$80,000 for respite centre

June 12, 2014 by Ayal Tusia
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The soon-to-be constructed Adult and Children Respite Centre in Melbourne’s Caulfield Caulfield, has received a funding boost after an extraordinary show of support at the Friends of Montefiore Annual Brunch.



The brunch at Leonda by The Yarra was sponsored by The Pratt Foundation, raised more than $80,000 by those who attended.

Keynote speaker Dr Susan Alberti is thanked by Nicole Silberberg.

Keynote speaker Dr Susan Alberti is thanked by Nicole Silberberg.

The money raised will be put towards a purpose-built children’s playground in the new respite centre.


Lynne Samuel, Delysia Pahoff and Jill Goldberg

Keynote speaker Dr Susan Alberti AO, one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, shared tales of struggles and success and how personal tragedy drove her passion for medical research, particularly diabetes research.

Also speaking at the event was Michelle Feiglin, whose son Zalman utilises Jewish Care’s respite services. Describing respite as a “lifeline for families”, she said respite enabled quality time with other children and grandchildren, and the chance to attend simchas and social events, prepare for holidays or just sleep in.

President Mike Debinski said the playground would allow parents and carers to take time out knowing that children were in a safe, supported environment that was also fun and stimulating.

“This project is going to change lives. And this playground is going to make life even better for those who need it most,” Mr Debinski said.

Mr Debinski thanked the Friends of Montefiore committee headed by Delysia Pahoff OAM for supporting such an important cause.

He said: “This playground will be a designated space where children can release energy, work their muscles and gross motor skills, interact with each other, make new friendships, build self-confidence and independence.”

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