& Events


140th Anniversary Reception at Government House

- April 13, 2015

Last Wednesday we proudly celebrated The Infants’ Home’s 140th Anniversary with an official reception at Government House. We welcomed many distinguished quests and supporters to this special event, including guests of honour His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley, The Infants’ Home Patron.

See the full photo album of this event on our Facebook page here.

Celebrating our Milestone with Honored Guests and Friends

Guests arrived to the sounds of beautiful music provided by The Subway Strings String Quartet, and enjoyed drinks and canapés within the historic surrounds of Sydney’s Government House.


(L) One of the beautiful interiors at Government House; (R) CEO Anita Kumar with Board President Denise Taylor, and Directors Chris Grundy and Leah Fricke

The speaker schedule included a welcome address by The Infants’ Home’s President Denise Taylor, and speeches delivered by our Patron Mrs Hurley, parent Andy Davenport and key speaker Jane Caro. Each spoke eloquently about the importance of early childhood education and care and the work we do with children and families, especially those who have complex challenges in their lives.


From left: President Denise Taylor, The Infants' Home's Patron Mrs Linda Hurley, CEO Anita Kumar 

Andy, whose son Harry has profound developmental delays, recounted his family’s special journey with us as we worked with them to help Harry grow, thrive and become the confident  boy he is today.


(L) Anita and parent Andy Davenport; (R) Presenting a bouquet to Mrs Hurley 

Finally, CEO Anita Kumar delivered a speech highlighting the history of our organisation, and the intrinsic role we have played in helping families and children, especially those who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged, to experience positive life outcomes.

Anita said, "Over the past 140 years, The Infants’ Home may have changed the services it provides, the way we collaborate and our language, but our commitment to our vision of providing each child every opportunity is as strong as ever."


(L) From left: Key speaker Jane Caro with Anita and The Infants' Home staff members Joan Wilson and Nicole Azzopardi. (R) From left: The Infants' Home staff John Shen, Nicky Roditis and Anne-Marie Byrne with The Governor of New South Wales' Aid.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Anita took the opportunity to thank the many people who support our work every day, including our friends, donors and benefactors as well as The Infants’ Home’s Board and staff. She also thanked his Excellency, Governor of News South Wales David Hurley and our new Patron Mrs Linda Hurley for helping us to celebrate this special milestone, and event sponsors Wests Ashfield Leagues and Club Ashfield for their long term support of our organisation.


(L) The Infants' Home staff members and Board with His Excellency, Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley; (R) Wests Ashfield Leagues Board Directors (from left): Mike Bailey (Chairman), Rick Wade, Dennis Burgess and Russell Smith (Deputy Chairman)

We look forward to the next 140 years as we continue to work with and within our community to realise our ongoing mission to give ‘each child every opportunity’. 

The full photo album of this event is available on our Facebook page here.

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