Somerville House Foundation Fundraising Lunch - Celebrations and Supporting Scholarships

Well done to Somerville House Foundation who managed to squeeze in the Foundation Fundraising Lunch on Friday 30th July, just before our recent lockdown.

Held in the Frangipani room at the Emporium Hotel guests were treated to a three course lunch and the opportunity to connect with fellow Somerville House community while successfully fundraising for future scholarships at Somerville House.

MC duties were conducted by Steve Haddan, comedian and previous on-air presenter and sports journalist with Channel 9, who explained the many entertaining links he shares with Somerville House. Inspirational Old Girl Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM CF (Class of 1957) was keynote speaker and very generously donated two incredible prizes to the Auction list. Featured first in the action was a "Studio Visit with Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM CF". The studio visit invites ten guests to the home and sculputre studio of Rhyl to see the pattern for a large private commission, presently taking place in the studio and an opportunity to learn about the sculptural process including drinks and canapes. Second on the auction list featured "Blue Bird" cast bronze sculpture by Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM CF.  Rhyl spoke very passionately about the choice of the blue bird as a focus for her sculpture. Bidding was very competitive on both items and congratulations to the winning biddersl. Please see our earlier articles on Dr Rhyl Hinwood for further information about Rhyl's successful career written by Madeleine Webber (Class of 2020) HERE and the announcement of the ABC series featuring Rhyl HERE

Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM CF

Dominque Layt (Foundation Chair and Old Girl, Class of 1987) stated of the lunch "We were extremely fortunate to be able to hold our annual scholarships fundraising lunch for the Somerville House Foundation on Friday 30th July 2021. As with most events in 2020 our lunch was cancelled and opportunities to fundraise were essentially non-existent. The Foundation committed $500,000 to Somerville's Covid Bursary Fund last year which has continued into 2021 to enable families to continue their daughter's education." 

"This year's Foundation Fundraising Lunch was well supported by the Somerville Community in both the raffle and auction items donated as well as through the purchase of tickets and bidding on auction items. We raised more than $66,000 towards scholarships for girls who would otherwise not be able to afford a Somerville education. Our main speaker this year was old girl Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM CF who also generously donated one of her beautiful pieces, which was hotly bid on, along with a studio experience for 10 people; which a group of old girls (including me) successfully bid on. We are all extremely excited and looking forward to seeing Rhyl's latest creation and learning about how she works."

"There is something special about being an old girl and current parent and seeing the link in giving now to what will be there for future Somerville girls. During my time at school we did swimming training at Musgrave Park and practiced relay changeovers in the 25 yard pool. Every year we heard there was going to be a new 50 metre pool built but it didn't happen until after I graduated. My daughter has since been able to enjoy the pool, and so much more, that was only a dream during my time. The Foundation is now turning its attention to a capital campaign to support the "Heritage Heart" project. We are "selling" bricks and pavers so everyone has an opportunity to leave their mark at the school and show the legacy and links for future generations (" 

"For those unaware, the Foundation made a significant change to its Constitution over the last year which means any donations made to the Somerville House Foundation will absolutely only ever go to Somerville House. The events of 2017 and beyond raised a lot of concerns from the Somerville community and many members and donors shared their concerns that funds could end up at one of the other PMSA schools. Please rest assured that these changes protect those funds along with the independent Directors of the Foundation who are all focused on Somerville House."

"The Foundation has a long history with the Old Girls Association having been established by key members of the OGA, Principal Sam Seymour and members of the Somerville Community 37 years ago. We are truly thankful for the support received from old girls and the OGA and the Fundraising Lunch is not only a way to raise funds but more importantly to engage, catch up and connect with our Somerville friends."

Many old girls were in attendence at the lunch enjoying the opportunity to catch up and support Somerville House. Many old girls chose to continue catching up afterwards at the Rooftop bar. The lunch is held on an annual basis and we look forward to seeing many more familiar faces at the 2022 lunch. See below photos capturing some of the action. Full photo gallery can be seen HERE.  


Dominique Layt (Foundation Chair, Class of 1987) and Linda Mackenzie (Moy) (Class of 1987)

Lucinda Swindle (Sexton) (Class of 1991), Miriam Musgrave (Bauer) (Class of 1990), Leslie McBride (Jaques) (Class of 1991) and Kerry Parker (Martin) (Class of 1991)

Peta Tilse (Mandikos) (Class of 1990), Catherine Singleton (Toogood) (Class of 1991), and Dana Hobbs (Buckenham) (Class of 1991)

Anne Lutteral (Grierson) (Class of 1988) Rebecca Bauer (Class of 1988) and Michael Skerl

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