Cape Hope Foundation
On Friday May 10, more than 200 generous souls gathered in the sparkling showrooms of JMC Launceston to help raise money for St Giles and other Northern charities.
The evening was the annual cocktail gala of the Cape Hope Foundation.
The foundation was established in 2012 with the ambition to fund prudent programs for the betterment of our community.
Last year the Foundation donated $26,000 towards completition of St Giles Outdoor Therapy Garden.
The group chose to support St Giles projects again in 2013.
How St Giles Began
A public meeting in Launceston on December 13, 1937 formed the Society for the Care of Crippled Children - Launceston.
Within six months the group had raised $24,000, bought an orchard at Amy Road, Newstead and changed the society's name to
(The Patron Saint of Cripples and Blacksmiths)
Among the group, were doctors John Ramsay, Clifford Craig and Lach Hardy-Wilson who undertook a survey that identified a great need for care and support for all children with disability.
By December 1938, St Giles founders determined to meet the ongoing needs of these children wherever it was identified.
"It must be remembered that this work will not be finished in a few years, but is one which will have to be continued indefinitely ..''
AE Wyett and Tom Room, Annual Report, December 1938