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Changing lives through love at Wesley Doves

4 May 2016 Wesley Mission news

Like birds of a feather women flocked to the beautiful Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building yesterday for our annual Wesley Doves luncheon. Gathered together to raise money for Wesley Disability Services, attendees also heard from author and motivational speaker, Jen Hardwood, and Wesley Mission foster parent, Anne Wind.

Wesley Doves patron and wife of our CEO, Carol Garner, welcomed the crowds to the Tea Room and set the scene for the afternoon.

“We’re here today to raise money for people in need but we’re also here to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy a wonderful meal” she said.

Before lunch was served, however, Carol introduced Jen Harwood to the stage. With almost two decades of experience as a business coach, Jen is a recognised motivational speaker, author and international business judge and mentor. Bringing energy to the room immediately, Jen brought eight volunteers to the stage to form the Great Eight and to highlight the core message behind The Greatness Principle .


“No-one becomes great and stays great by themselves” she said.

Jen continued to share the importance of building relationships and supporting each other to achieve our goals. A message that was reinforced after lunch by Wesley Mission foster carer, Anne Wind.

With her own children having moved out of home, Anne wanted to fulfil her desire of becoming a foster carer. Something her husband and herself couldn’t do alone.


“We couldn’t have done it without Wesley Mission, they helped my dream come true”

The inspirational event was rounded off as Anne shared the joys and challenges of fostering children with special needs and the winners of the silent auction were announced.