Mandurah Mum’s Cottage funding boost

Mandurah Mum’s Cottage funding boost

MANDURAH’S Mum’s Cottage is a drop-in centre for local women experiencing trauma and difficulties in their domestic life.

The cottage provides a relaxed atmosphere where women know they will be warmly welcomed – not judged – and their stories kept confidential.

But the cottage is self-funded and as such relies on its sponsors to keep the doors open.

Since its inception in 2015 and opening in 2016, the cottage has been dependent on and received community support, both financial and with volunteers.

Founder Kaye Seeber said people had been very generous, as reflected by the most recent donations as the cottage approached its second anniversary.

Most recently, major contributors have included Mandurah Murray Mayday Charity, John and Bella Perry and the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem.

“The Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem is an ancient one founded in the 12th century and it seems appropriate that the Order that used to help widows from the Crusades has found itself awarding its annual donation to the WA Mum’s Cottage,’’ Mrs Seeber said.

The windfall came about because one of Mrs Seeber’s golfing partners is the sister of a member of the Order and every time a story about the work of Mum’s Cottage appeared in the media, she passed it on to her brother.

In due course, two members of the Order interviewed Mrs Seeber and the cottage received a $5000 donation.

Mrs Seeber said it was a great honour to receive it.

“The Order’s history shows a strong sense of duty to the vulnerable and the WA Mum’s Cottage will use that money to further that aim,” she said.

n The latest cottage fundraiser is the postponed Buddy Loren Concert now being held at Halls Head Bowling Club on Wednesday, November 21, at 10.30am.

Tickets cost $25 and include morning tea.