Inspired by Lady Mary Caughey, the Laura Fergusson Women’s Committee began in 1965 as a group of dedicated volunteers whose goal was to establish an accommodation facility for young people with disabilities. At that time there were no residential facilities available for young people with disabilities. As a result, many of them remained in hospitals without skilled supervision or access to appropriate rehabilitation services. Some were consigned to rest homes for the elderly. Ongoing lobbying by members of the Women’s Committee led to support from many community leaders and this in turn resulted in Lady Laura Fergusson, the wife of the then Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson, giving her name to a new Trust dedicated to assisting young disabled persons.
In the years that followed its formation, the Women’s Committee has become Laura Fergusson’s main fundraising body. The members of the Women’s Committee have continued their work by organising and supporting many fundraising events. These events range from the very popular Race Night, held annually at the Alexandra Park Raceway, to fashion shows and bridge nights. The uniting theme is the combination of fun and friendship in support of a worthy cause. The quality of these fundraising events is always first class and those who come along have the opportunity to enjoy great hospitality, meet good people and be entertained. As at 2017 the Women’s Committee has raised in excess of $4,500,000 in support of Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation.
Presidents of the Women’s Committee:
|Lady Mary Caughey||1966-1970|
|Lady Joyce Fisher||1972-1973|