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Healing Hearts Foundation (Wound Up 2013-14)

Details Directorate: Community

Project Leader: Gary Redmond, Liz Pattison et al


Documented: N/A (where? Website?)

Project Team: 3-7 (Heirisson Past Presidents as Trustees of the Foundation)

Total Hours pa: N/A (??)

Member Involvement: various members on specific tasks and events etc

Approved: ?? 199#

Status: Wound Up 2013-14


Description Spearheaded by bereaved father and Western Australian Rotarian, Gary Redmond, the Healing Hearts Foundation directed funds raised towards creating individualised symbolic tributes to help heal hearts in communities touched by tragedy.


Drawing on the network and values of Rotary International, the Healing Hearts Foundation built connections, offered solace and encouragement and helped families create symbolic memorials to provide places of hope and comfort to those touched by the tragedy of losing a child too soon.


The first memorial project was a magnificent boomerang inspired memorial park in Switzerland, created and dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Interlaken tragedy.


Heirisson’s role and criticality to success


The Foundation (a separate not-for-profit organisation initiated by Heirisson’s PP Gary Redmond, and incorporated in Western Australia) was largely created and directed by Heirisson’s members. The Trustees of the Foundation were primarily Past Presidents of Heirisson Rotary Club.


Many club members actively support the foundation, its projects and activities to help people grieving the loss of a child.


Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance? Initially the Trustees worked with authorities in Interlaken. Later, for the Place of Reflection the Foundation worked in collaboration with Compassionate Friends, Lotterywest, Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority, and others


What difference will the Project/Program make? The Foundation offered a global connection of hearts and ongoing encouragement for bereaved parents, siblings, families and friends suffering the loss of a child.


Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) The Foundation subsequently championed A Place of Reflection in Kings Park, in collaboration with the PoR Consortium. (Check out the PoR website above for details.)


With the completion of Phase 2 of the Place of Reflection, HHF was wound back into the Rotary Club of Heirisson. Club members continue to have input to Phase 3 of the Place of Reflection’s evolution and growth.



Updated: 2015-01