Stewart House Creates Cherished Childhood Memories

Stewart House is one of the oldest children’s charities in NSW. Established in 1931 during the height of the Great Depression, their home has always been on Carrington Parade, Curl Curl Beach.

Stewart House functioned initially as a public health hospital, providing respite for disadvantaged children who could not access medical treatment. They would also receive new clothing and shoes and were fed three nutritious meals per day.

Today, the vision has evolved and more broadly looks to change the lives of children living in difficult circumstances. Every year up to 1,700 children from across 2,200 NSW public schools will come for a 12-day stay at Stewart House. They engage in a health and wellbeing program that gives these children the tools, support and positive experiences that enables them to better cope with their situation and thus start to thrive and build a positive future for themselves.

Your Club has been steadfastly committed to Stewart House for over a decade, providing over $120,000 in total support in this time, in order to annually fund 10 disadvantaged children who are enrolled in public schools on the Northern Beaches to attend a 12-day break at Stewart House. These children are nominated to attend by their school principal, who they believe they would benefit from the Program and a break from their current situation.

“We are proud to partner with another Northern Beaches icon and strong supporter of community – Dee Why RSL. The Club for many years has supported the work of Stewart House and by doing so has enabled children in need from local schools to access the Stewart House integrated health and wellbeing program,” said Graeme Philpotts, CEO of Stewart House.

During their stay at Stewart House, all children receive dental, optometric and audiometric screening, medical assessment and necessary referrals. They also learn about caring for themselves and establishing routines and go on excursions around Sydney including the zoo, a ferry ride, local parks and beaches.

Of their recent stays, children have said, “I’ve learnt so many things, I would really love to come back. Thank you to everyone who helped me through.”

“I had a great time at Stewart House because the staff always looked after us and took us places where we wouldn’t have gone, so thank you.”

Today Stewart House still receives messages from past students who attended Stewart House in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, who say that coming to Stewart House was one of their happiest childhood memories.

Graeme added, “Dee Why RSL’s promise of a broad scope of community engagement is fulfilled in its support to Stewart House, thus ensuring that those children who are most in need, get the break they deserve.”

To find out more, visit stewarthouse.org.au.