On Thursday 2nd February 2023 the formal opening of Grace’s Place took place bringing to fruition the wonderful dream of our remarkable club member Martha Jabour OAM, who heads up the Homicide Victims Support Group. This development will now be able to house and care for up to 24 children and their families who have suffered the tragedy of losing a family member to homicide. The day was especially poignant as it was the 37th anniversary of the murder of Anita Cobby. It was the resilience and determination of her parents, Grace and Gary Lynch, to begin the long journey of finding hope from such evil circumstances. Martha’s vision has been instrumental in realising this hope and dream.
The Carlingford Club support was represented at the opening by Pamela and Bob Lawrance, John Davidson, Ellen Harvison, Mike and Carol Morgan together with former club members and Presidents Joy Pogson and Trish Wetton.

The significance and recognition of this achievement was evident by the presence of our NSW Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC·who formally opened the building. Also present was the Police Commissioner Karen Webb, as well as representatives of our Prime Minister and State Premier, Opposition Leader Chris Minns who spoke on the day, and numerous other dignitaries. The singing of ‘Amazing Grace’ followed by the playing of the bagpipes by a Knox College student, was especially moving and a reminder of the tragedies experienced by so many present that day, but also the hope than lies ahead for all. We all moved through the beautiful buildings and rooms to see how the place will support the children and families, and we also enjoyed coffee and refreshments and caught up with other Rotary friends present as well as congratulating Martha.
Carol and Mike Morgan
(Photo - Pam Lawrence and her hobby horse donated to Grace's Place).