As part of the program each year for our Lunchtime Rumours Feast fundraiser, a short video kicks off the event which demonstrates the impact of various services provided by CPS. This year the concept was simple; one of our Therapeutic Services workers relating the journey of one of their most challenging and ultimately most rewarding clients. This is a must-watch. An inspiring story, beautifully told.Read the story
Last Friday's Lunchtime Rumours Feast at the beautiful Plaza Ballroom was again a tremendous afternoon of food, fun and fundraising for the thousands of vulnerable children and families CPS supports each year. In fact the event has raised a phenomenal figure in the order of $185,000. The 11th instalment begun on an emotional note with a video of a CPS worker relating her experiences working with and basically turning the life around of a young boy who'd been rejected by his mother, not to mention the other traumas he'd experienced. There were few dry eyes in the house until renowned horse trainer David Hayes shared some very amusing anecdotes with 3AW Breakfast host and CPS patron Ross Stevenson. The story of taking a call from the Queen (whose wilful horse he was struggling with) and her sense of humour was the standout. Sticking to a theme, Daryl Braithwaite entered the stage with a stirring rendition of 'Horses', among other well known tracks. Ross's chat with crime reporter John 'Sly' Silvester was poignant as he discussed Victoria's mushrooming prison population and the difference early intervention and better correctional programs would make to our society, relating back to the boy in the video and what his alternate path would likely have been. Along with 'Sly' and Ross, the rest of the 3AW team - John Burns, Jon Anderson and Peter Ford - provided their 'gold, silver and bronze' medal performances in their fields of expertise, which proved an entertaining exercise. Auctioneer Steve Abbott from Jellis Craig maintained the momentum of the day before the raffle and stumps were drawn and guests kicked onto the after party, as is the (long) Lunchtime Rumours Feast tradition. Many of the 450 guests dug deep, and we thank them wholeheartedly. CPS also wishes to thank organisers Elaine Marriner, Margaret Robinson and Leonie McNicol, in addition to the many sponsors* who donated their wares and prizes to make the event the success that it was. [gallery columns="4" size="medium" ids="1174,1148,1163,1156,1161,1168,1152,1180,1149,1150,1162,1154,1155,1157,1165,1164,1166,1167,1151,1158"] * Thanks to Marriner Group, 3AW, De Bortoli Wines, Chanel, Bertocchi, AFL, Orica GreenEDGE, Racing Victoria, Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Footy Show, Mitchelton Wines, The Good Guys Bayswater, Royal Brunei Airlines, Luv-a-duck, Jasnor, Kieser, Feathertop, Miss Louise, Bambra Press, European, Essteele, Mercedes-Benz Berwick, Formula 1, The Westin Melbourne, Koko Black, Jellis Craig, HPR Healthy Communication, Bakka Design, Allen & Unwin, The Pancake Parlour, Crown, Circa, Cricket Australia, Sony Music, Calendar Cheese Company and Sheraton Hotel Melbourne.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.