On 28th July 2014, members of Lending A Hand with some parishioners provided breakfast for the motor bike riders taking part in the annual Ride for Justice that the Homicide Victims Support Group organise each year, to focus attention on people whose lives have been impacted by homicide. A large number of riders took part in this event that leaves from Ivory House in the grounds of Garrawarra Private Hospital near Waterfall, and they travel in convoy to Sydney accompanied by police escort. Prior to them leaving the Lending A Hand group provided a BBQ breakfast of egg and bacon or sausage sandwiches with tea or coffee.
It is an impressive site to see a hundred or more motor cyclists taking off with the accompanying noise of their vehicles. This is the 2nd time that Lending A Hand has catered for this event as we were invited back this year.
Later this year, Lending A Hand will be inviting parishioners to take part in a working bee at Ivory and Ebony House. Similar to our commitment to provide food for the less well-off in the Kings Cross area at the St. Canice’s kitchen, the working bee is an opportunity for us as a parish to share our time in assisting worthwhile causes. Those who attended this event last year commented that they got more out of the day than the effort they made. It is an enjoyable event socialising with other parishioners whilst providing a significant benefit to a worthwhile cause which has some difficulty attracting support from other areas.
Ivory and Ebony House provide accommodation for people that have been affected by homicide. They are able to be accommodated at times when a homicide occurs at a location away from the scene or, when attending court, particularly for those who do not live in Sydney, have a place to stay while in Sydney.