Our new web address...

www.ForsightFoundation.org.au
This will be Forsight Foundations new website address.... We apologise for any confusion caused by this unexpected change to our website address. All is up and running smoothly after some initial hick-ups.

We will be keeping you up-to-date with the latest news and events as per usual.... and you can still follow us on twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/ForsightAus).

Don't Dis My Ability - Disco Night...

ON 3RD DECEMBER 2011 AT 5PM
A celebration of a Don’t Dis My Ability, a Disco with the theme “Saturday Night Fever” will be held on at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 5pm to 7pm, on the same date that people around the world will be participating in their own special Annual event for Don’t Dis My Ability Week.

Come along and join in the fun. Don’t forget the theme “Saturday Night Fever”.
RSVP: Telephone 9872 9000 or Email forsight@bigpond.com

Forsight Annual General Meeting

ON 26TH OCTOBER 2011 AT 6.30PM

Dear Members and Friends of Forsight,
I am writing this personal Invitation to you to attend the 33rd AGM.

Forsight’s 2011 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October at the Epping RSL & Community Club, Rawson Street, Epping, starting with refreshments at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All welcome to attend. Come and hear all about Forsight’s achievements over the past financial year and our strategies for the future.

“Person-centred Planning for Deafblind Adults living in Community Group Homes” will be discussed on the night, including a Q&A session.

Come and join us. RSVP: Telephone 9872.9000 or Email forsight@bigpond.com

United Way Australia Working Bees

We are currently planning a number of working bees to be coordinated by United Way Australia and our Corporate Partners at our community group homes. Forsight community group homes stand out in the community because they blend in with their neighbours and compete for the best gardens.

We could not achieve this outcome without United Way Australia’s support for which we are very grateful. More on this in the second half of 2011.

Promoting Healthy and Happy Lifestyles

The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institute’s projects are well underway. Five deafblind adults with physical disabilities are to receive new wheelchairs in the very near future funded by the Institute. Read More...

Corporate Partner Projects

The Forsight Foundation, United Way Australia and Corporate Partner Genworth Financial have commenced work on the Sensory Hands-on Cooking Project using Taste, Aroma and Taste at Jacaranda and Illawarra group homes in Glenmore Park, Penrith NSW. Read More...

Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind Awareness Week is celebrated all around the world during the week ending 2nd July 2011.  If you wish to visit the billboard featuring Helen Keller in the Big Apple NY click here

The Forsight Foundation for the Deafblind is celebrating Helen Keller’s birthday also on 2nd July.  A Musical Evening with the theme ‘Mama Mia’ will be enjoyed by 32 deafblind adults with additional disabilities and their support workers at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre at North Rocks, Sydney, Australia.

Corporate Patners Working Bee

United Way Australia. :)
On 30th June, United Way Australia will be coordinating a team of Corporate volunteers to make over the garden and some rooms at Forsight's Illawarra group home at Glenmore Park. Kylie Horsfall, House Manager of Illawarra and her team of staff are getting ready to host the volunteers to give them plenty of refreshments and a healthy lunch. Read More...

Genworth Financial

New President and Chief Executive Ellie Comerford.
A Charity Lunch was enjoyed by organisations supported by Genworth, including Forsight Foundation. Ellie Comerford was warmly welcomed by Trish Wetton and other CEO's with everyone eager to tell Ellie about their organisation's vision and plans for the future. Doug Taylor, CEO of United Way Australia spoke about his recent trip to the US and his visits to benevolent institutions.

Deafblind Awareness Week - 2011

We will be celebrating Helen Keller's birthday in 2011 with a Musical Evening and Dinner to be held at Forsight's Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks on Saturday 2nd July 2011. The theme of the evening will be "Mama Mia" so there will be lots of dancing and ABBA music. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding performers among residents and staff.

Kitchen Make Over for Camellia Group Home

Residents at Camellia group home are thrilled with their new kitchen. A new stove top and oven, dishwasher and new cupboards plus tiled floor have made the kitchen unrecognisable. What an amazing difference. What a difference a donation makes! Image of Camillia Group Home new kitchen.

Special Indoor WheelChairs

Royal Freemason’s Benevolent Institute has donated 5 plastic wheelchairs for the Hands-On Cooking project. If the budding Cooks happen to get covered in flour it won't matter - it will be fun with lots of laughter.
These new wheelchairs will signal to our deafblind adults that cooking classes are about to commence! Delicious flavours, aromas and textures will all be experienced, including the opportunity to eat the end result for afternoon tea or dinner.

Easter Bonnet Parade - 2011

Amanda is pictured here with direct care worker Colleen on her way to the SEE oundation's Easter Bonnet Parade. All Forsight's residents dressed up for this event and had a great time. When Amanda arrived home she was surprised to find that lots of Easter eggs had been delivered to her group home.

Genworth Hands-On Sensory Cooking Project

This latest project funded by Genworth Financial is one of the most exciting we have received funding for. Two group home kitchens will be upgraded to make them fully wheelchair accessible for deafblind adults to participate in cooking classes using the senses of touch, aroma and taste. Hands-on will get a new meaning - getting involved in kneading bread and pastry on a floured board will be just one of the hands-on experiences we will offer.

United Way project at Camellia Group Home, Villawood

A long time coming... well worth the wait.
Thank you to Hawker de Havilland for their generous donation in 2009 through United Way Sydney from everyone at Forsight Foundation. Read More...

Royal Freemason's Benevolent Institution of NSW

Health and Wellbeing Grant.
We were thrilled to receive a sizable donation towards this project in 2010/2011.  Our thanks go out to Alex Shaw, CEO and members of the Board of RFBI for their generosity and the support given to our deafblind adults with additional disabilities. Read More...

Mother's Day High Tea and Raffle

Being held on the 4th May 2011
Forsight Foundation has had a long and happy association with the Beecroft Inner Wheel Club.  Once again the members have decided to support Forsight Foundation by making us joint beneficiaries of their latest fundraiser.  We will talk with the members before deciding how we will spend this donation.  Last year members donation was put towards the purchase of a new KIA Carnival mini bus for Forsight’s Amber group home at Baulkham Hills. Read More...

More on Camellia...

Camellia Garden Make-Over
United Way conducted a working bee involving volunteers from Zurich Insurance to upgrade the garden at Camellia a few years ago and the outcome of this working bee is still being enjoyed by the residents and staff members. The shrubs and plants have now matured and compliment the property.

United Way Sydney - Hawker De Havilland Project

Camellia Capital Works
The Forsight Foundation is grateful to United Way Sydney for their support to sustain our most important asset - our Group Homes. Read More...

Public Holidays - 2011

Public Holidays 2011 (New South Wales).
Good Friday - Friday 22nd April 2011.
Easter Saturday - Saturday 23rd April 2011.
Easter Sunday - Sunday 24th April 2011.
Easter Monday - Monday 26th April 2011.

ANZAC Day - Sunday 25th April 2011. ANZAC Day Holiday Tuesday 27th April
Queen’s Birthday - Monday 13th June 2011.
Labour Day - Monday 3rd October 2011.

Christmas Gift Giving...

We have put together a few pictures of our 2010 Christmas gift giving party, which was kindly sponsored by Genworth Financial Team. Take a look.

A Visit to Muru Mittigar

On 1st March 2011 five members of District 9680 Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Texas and Oklahoma in the United States visited us. Our Forsight bus was used to take the team on a day trip to the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Educational Centre in Penrith New South Wales, Australia. Rotarian from Carlingford Club, Gary Hayman was our driver. At Muru Mittigar the team learned how to play the didgeridoo and to throw a boomerang so that it came back, then enjoyed a typical Aussie lunch.   Thank you to all at Muru Mittigar, everyone had a great time there.

The following day GSE Team Member Brad spent a vocational visit with Larry West Pest Services. Brad enjoyed comparing notes with Larry about his Pest Services Company in Oklahoma. We have posted a few snap shots of their visit HERE!

Royal Freemasons' Donation

I am pleased to let you know that a donation has been received from the Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution for three projects that I submitted applications for recently.

The projects include:
1.
One customised wheelchair for Natalie Sheedy at Illawarra group home.
2.
Five plastic wheelchairs for recreational indoor and outdoor use for Natalie Shedy, Coral Wilson, Nolan Frazer, Steven Bartman and Amanda Swanson.
3.
Specialised Exercise Equipment to set up a Mobile Gym to enable residents to trial items of equipent for suitablity and then keep them for an agreed length of time before trying out something else.

Our thanks go out to the Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution for their generous donation.
Trish Wetton.

Group Home Backyard Blitz

In 2011 we are already busy planning more working bees with Ross Liddle, Corporate Volunteering Manager, United Way Australia and their Corporate Partners. Read More...

Pines Group Home Working Bee

December 2010 was a busy time for those of us at the Pines Group Home make over. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped make this a very successful day. Many thanks to United Way Australia and Nicholas Rainey and his team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank, Marrickville Branch.

Here are a few photographs, showing all the action on the day.

Our Fancy Dress Disco was a huge success!

Thank you to the staff members who supported our resident’s participation in this event. Fun was had by all when Residents and staff all dressed up to a “Rock n Roll” theme and enjoyed dancing to good music followed by a scrumptious supper during “Don't DIS my Ability Week” in December 2010.

This party was advertised on the ADHC website and was so well attended and popular that we are going to hold it again next year to celebrate Disability Week. See a couple of pictures from our party held on the 2nd December 2010.

Blooming Great...

Group Home Support Centre
Forsight Foundation Group Home Support Centre looks splendid when the Jacaranda tree is in full bloom.

The attached image was taken during the middle of November last year. Click on the image to view more detail.