L'Arche Genesaret Afternoon Tea with Patron Lady CosgroveShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Afternoon tea at Government House with their patron Lady Cosgrove was a special treat for a group of people who make the concept of L’Arche Genesaret work so well. Founded by Swiss born Canadian Jean Vanier, philosopher, theologian, humanist and man of great compassion, the Canberra community of L’Arche residents are a happy and fulfilled group with varying degrees of intellectual abilities and overflowing with a love of life and for those who care for them in this world wide network of communities.
It is a special tradition established in 1987 for the Governor General’s spouse to be the patron of the organisation and Lady Cosgrove embraced it in her inimitable way as the current spouse, opening our favourite vice-regal residence for this annual afternoon tea and meet and greet, with, to the delight of all the invited, the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove popping along for the occasion.
Meeting the residents over the years I have slowly learnt about them as individuals and was charmed by Catharine Carter who loves a photo opportunity with any one and especially her friends whose tale of her excursion to Parliament House to meet with Mal Brough and Jenny Macklin to thank them and discuss the NDIS. How proud she was, how humbling her excitement for this scheme. We must ensure it is comprehensively implemented.