Sunshine Coast Ladies Midweek Tennis Association Inc

Carol Morris' Annual Charity Day 8th Feb raises over $1000

10 February 2012 |

The seventh annual Ladies Charity Tennis Day was  a very successful day. It was held at Kawana Tennis Club on Wednesday February 8th 2012. Carol Morris, charity day organiser, expressed her appreciation for the generosity of Kawana Tennis Club for the donation of the use of the courts for the day.

The Charity chosen to benefit from the $1010 raised on the day was The Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Morning tea & fruit was served by the capable kitchen staff. Thank you to Joan Grayson, Carol Blacklaw & Karen Morris who donate their time every year.

The tennis players played 3 sets of tennis followed by a delicious ham & salad lunch, tea & coffee was also available. A raffle was conducted & first prize a Sunbeam Brushed Stainless Steel Deep Fryer (donated by Betta Stores Kawana Central), was won by Pauline Cronin, second prize a bottle of Bacardi (donated also) was won by Leanne Cremin. Lucky door prize was won by ticket 84. Guessing the ANZAC Biscuits in the jar (67) was won by Claire Hickey (66). Money tree Numbers 1st was won by Joan Grayson $25 & 2nd was won by Carol Morris $10 both ladies donated their prizes to the charity of the day.  A Cent Sale was conducted & everyone went home with a prize. Carol added her thanks to Lenards Chicken Shop at Kawana for their generous donation of 2 vouchers, Michel’s Patisserie also at Kawana for their donation of 2 vouchers these were used for tennis prizes.

It was also pleasing to have Local Member Jarrod Bleijie MP attend for the second year. Jarrod made a donation to Carol of a painting painted by his wife Sally to be used for a raffle at next years Charity Tennis Day.

Winners of Division 1 & 2 was Viv Richardson & Aki Lepper both on 19 games from a possible 24, second was Carolyn Bates with 17 games, Esme Graham on 16 games was 3rd & Sue Rheinberger with 15 games came in next.. Division 3 & $ winner was Margaret Cawthorne on 19 points, Maree Hooley won second prize with 16 games & third was a three way tie with Larraine Jessep, Jan Williams & Michelle Macaree on 15 games. Even though it was humid the sun was absent for most of the play. 

The Guest Speaker for the day was Mrs Joanne Millar from Brisbane a niece of Dr Catherine Hamlin. Joanne visits Ethiopia regularly with shawls, rugs & even people who want to see first hand what happens there. Joanne relayed some very interesting facts & stories about the work done by her Aunt Dr Catherine Hamlin in Ethiopia.

Joanne gave a presentation accompanied with pictures which gave all attendees a better understanding of the country & its people. There are two books available that tell Dr Catherine Hamlin’s journey & work. The first is an autobiography titled “Hospital by the River” the second is titled Catherine’s Gift. More information can be obtained from the web site

This Hospital was established by Australian trained Dr Catherine Hamlin & her late husband Dr Reg Hamlin. Dr Reg Hamlin was in charge of Crown Street Women’s Hospital in Sydney. They met there when Dr Reg interviewed Dr Catherine for a position on his medical team there. They travelled to New Zealand & finally to Ethiopia in 1959 to work there.

While working in the Government Hospital Dr Catherine & Dr Reg Hamlin witnessed a large number of women who attended their clinics with an Obstetric Fistula. They decided to establish The Fistula Hospital & in 1975 it was opened.This has grown now from 1 main hospitals in Addis Ababa & now have 5 smaller hospitals which enables patients to be treated nearer to their homes.

When a woman in labour experiences difficulties & has no medical trained person to assist her, she may well have the heart break of a still birth or may be left with an Obstetric Fistula.  Often after this she is incontinent of urine & faeces & “unclean”. Her husband will either divorce her, turn her out or send her back to her parents. They may love her but cannot endure the smell associated with this problem. She is left ashamed, friendless, unemployable, lives alone & feels hopeless & outcast. This is until she hears about The Fistula Hospital. Since Dr Catherine & her late husband Dr Reg Hamlin have been in Ethiopia the hospitals treat 2400 patients with this problem every year. They have a 93% success rate & Dr Catherine says about each patient, ” we are giving a beautiful young woman a new life”. Each woman treated there is given a new dress to go home in as a sign of the beginning of a new life

The Fistula Hospital is self funded, as the Ethiopian Government is not financial enough to assist the hospital with funding. They rely on donations from around the world to keep doing this essential work.  In the past 2 years they have begun to train Midwives from remote villages & the first of these went back to their areas late in 2011. The second intake commences early in 2012.

Players donated $90 worth of beads to be given to the Ethiopian women to make necklaces or bracelets as part of their recovery process. The tennis ladies attached short notes with good wishes, letting patients know they are thought of on the Sunshine Coast.

At the close Carol also offered her thanks to the association who kindly loaned the Data Projector & screen for the day.

In closing Lina Pisasale, President of the Sunshine Coast Ladies Mid Week Tennis Association Committee thanked Carol for organising the day & for all the work she so freely gives. Lina also thanked all who attended.