Friday, August 12th, 2011

A team of ten runners will be participating in the 2011 New York City Marathon to raise funds in support of the work that Catherine House does in ‘educating women out of homelessness’.

The Catherine House team members will be pounding the streets this winter in preparation for the gruelling 42km New York Marathon on November the 6th this year.

The team is comprised of the Assistant Director, a Case Worker, a Board member who is also a Sister of Mercy, the husband of the Chair of the Trust, family of Catherine House employees and Supporters from around Australia and they all have their very own strong reasons for participating.

The Director of Catherine House, Madge McGuire said “it is very difficult to secure a place in the New York Marathon, let alone for ten people as this is a much sought after, prestigious event. We are very grateful to have ten applications accepted and are amazed at the support we have received from our own staff as well as supporters not just from South Australia but Sydney and Queensland as well.”

“Each runner will be paying for their accommodation, flights and marathon entry fees as well as committing to raise a minimum of $2,000 each” she said.
”It is anticipated that the target of $20,000 will be exceeded and every dollar donated will go directly to support Sagarmatha which is the Education and Employment Centre for ‘educating women out of homelessness’.”

At the same time, Madge McGuire has been invited to speak at a coffee morning in the Australian Consulate to the ‘Australian Women in New York’ (AWNY) group on Wednesday 9 November, about the work of Catherine House. AWNY is a ‘dynamic group of expatriate women of all ages and backgrounds’ that was formed in 1999. Women in the group are also intending to ‘take to the streets’ with Catherine House placards, to cheer on the runners…!

Visit the ‘Everyday Heroes’ website to donate

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Catherine House

Established by the South Australian Sisters of Mercy back in 1988, Catherine House is the only provider of supported accommodation in SA for women over 21 years, unaccompanied by children, who are affected by homelessness for reasons other than domestic violence.

Over 700 women a year enter the doors of its emergency program and over 1,000 women a year across all program areas. Women come to Catherine House from across the whole social spectrum; clear evidence that homelessness defies class and social distinction in our community. Mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, relationship and family breakdown, domestic violence happen in every suburb, in every street.

Catherine House has a holistic approach to the work it does. They not only deal with the immediate problems and issues that have led a client to homelessness, but also look with her at how she can create a more sustainable, satisfying future. Solving women’s homelessness, through improved self?sufficiency, is their key purpose.

In 2006 Catherine House formally launched its Education and Employment Centre, Sagarmatha. The strategic aim of Sagarmatha is to ‘educate women out of homelessness’. Since its inception it has assisted 15?25 women each year into employment, with more going onto formal job training and study. Since February this year 9 women have secured employment, 2 are shortlisted for positions, 2 are in work experience and 36 are in higher education placements.

Madge McGuire
P: 08 8232 2282


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