Those who gave up their time to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Gabriel Foundation last Thursday evening, were certainly not disappointed.
The Foundation was established in 1980 to provide assistance and support to advance the education of young women at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and the evening was a celebration to honour its successes, without which the realisation of a number of significant buildings, scholarships, and activities would simply not have been possible.
Principal, Mrs Anna Owen, shared her vision and her dream for the future of CGGS.
“It’s a big dream – but the impact from its realisation will transform young lives,” Mrs Owen said.
The guests were then treated to a timeline of the Foundation’s journey by its current Chairman, Mr David Holmesby.
The extraordinary talent of our music students was showcased throughout the event, laying down delightful memories for the guests. Two outstanding moments were the Vote of Thanks to the Gabriel Foundation by brave-hearted Centenary Scholar, Isobel Eley (Year 7) and the guest speaker address by Harriet Farlow (2012), who left everyone in the room immediately wondering what on earth they had been doing with their lives. As MC and ‘old girl’, Lyndal Curtis (1984) remarked, “Sure glad you got your life’s seven careers out of the way before your 30s!”
Noted in the crowd were Peter Henson, Sophia and Jim Notaras, Margaret and Greg Cornwell, Dr Olivia Murphy, Louise Hodgman, Ailsa Curtis, Dorothy Roberts, Jennifer Muir OAM, Doug and Barbara Lennie, The Right Reverend Dr Mark Short and Dr Monica Short.
Thank you to all who attended this momentous occasion and for your ongoing support of the Gabriel Foundation and the School.
Photo at top: Chair of the Gabriel Foundation, Mr David Holmesby, with guest speaker, Harriet Farlow (2012).