Ballandean Estate shows a Big Heart
In these current financial times it is difficult for charities to raise funds for their continued valuable work, but having a long term and committed partner like Ballandean Estate Wines has proved to be invaluable to the Mater Hospital.
Supporting the Mater Hospitals fundraising event, the Rendezvous with Romance, has been a priority for Ballandean Estate Wines for over 15 years. “It is the least we can do” says co-owner of the vineyard Mary Puglisi.
“Our oldest grandson Steven was born at the Mater Hospital almost 17 years ago and he was very premmy - only 695gms. If it wasn’t for the staff and facilities at this hospital we just wouldn’t have him.” Mary recalls.
A new relationship with the Mater Hospital began shortly after, with funds from the first Opera in the Vineyard – held at Ballandean Estate (every May) going to the neonatology unit to support the doctors and nurses and other families.
Angelo and Mary Puglisi decided the following year that Ballandean Estate would also be able to assist with fundraising and have supported the Rendezvous with Romance by supplying the wines for the dinner ever since.
“If you are in a position to help where you can, you should – you never know when you might need the facilities for yourself or your family” says Mary “Just like we did all those years ago”.
Robyn Henderson and Mary Puglisi from Ballandean Estate Wines with Sister Angela Mary Doyle and member of Board of Directors of the Mater Foundation Mrs Betty McGrath and Mr McGrath at the 2009 Rendezvous
For more information regarding events at Ballandean Estate Wines, please contact the winery direct or check out our website http://www.ballandeanestate.com/.