• 13/12/2012 /  Children's Fund, News

    A big love-filled thank you to everyone for your generous support!

    We have filled all available spaces for our end of year gathering. Our apologies that we could not meet demand for places this time. We will have other enjoyable social events to look forward to in the new year.

    We have also had a very strong response to supporting the event from those unable to attend, with donations for the hamper prize as well as monetary contributions.

    As our hamper prizes are growing, we would like to open the invitation to those unable to attend the evening to purchase tickets for prizes which include items ranging from sweets and wine to your very own personal trainer with nutritional support to help get you fit in the new year.

    Tickets are available for $5 each or 3 tickets for $10.  Please contact Nathalie here to arrange purchase of tickets, payment for which can be made to:

    The Karuna Foundation Children’s Fund 

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    BSB: 062217
    Account Number: 0090 7091

    Thank you all again for your wonderful support and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • 04/12/2012 /  Children's Fund, News

    Shinju Restaurant

    Our end of year gathering is fast approaching and set for Sunday 16th December 2012!

    It will be a great opportunity to enjoy great company and food, as well as to raise funds for the Karuna Foundation Children’s Fund.

    The funds raised from the evening will go towards the Fukushima Project to give respite to children affected by the Fukushima Disaster. This project is is set to become a reality in 2013 and more details can be found here.

    We have organised a very healthy 13 course Japanese Teppanyaki banquet for the evening and it’s going to be both fun and delicious! Our meals will be masterfully cooked in front of us by entertaining Teppanyaki chefs.  We have also organised some light entertainment for you all on the evening so it is set to be a very fun night!

    Shinju Restaurant Cuisine

    Date: Sunday 16th December 2012

    Place: Shinju Japanese Restaurant 51 Berry St North Sydney NSW 2060
    Time: 7 pm
    Price: $70 (includes donation to the Fukushima Project and a raffle ticket for hamper prizes)
    Theme: Japan
    RSVP: Places for this dinner are limited due to the venue. RSVP as soon as possible to Karina here or phone 0413 869 433.

     

  • 30/11/2012 /  Children's Fund

    Dear Karuna Friends,

    We are currently putting together an exciting raffle prize for our Christmas fundraiser!

    Any donations for the hampers would be greatly appreciated (for example food items, household items, gift vouchers etc) which could be used in a Raffle prize on that day.

    There will be a collection box for these items at the next Meditation meetings on the 4th or 6th of December, or for other arrangements please contact Nathalie on 0403 725 386. Bring an item and be entered in the raffle.

    Proceeds from the evening and the raffle prize will go towards the Fukushima Project. Details for the project can be found here at our new website.

    Details to come shortly regarding our Christmas Gathering on the 16th of December! So stay tuned and please keep this date in your diary!

    Warm wishes,
    Karuna Foundation Children’s Fund Fundraising Committee

  • 30/11/2012 /  Children's Fund, News

    Come visit our new website, now live at  The Karuna Fukushima Project. Read the latest news about Karuna’s Fukushima Children Australia Respite Care Program planned for August 2013 and how you can get involved. Tell us what you think by contacting Nara here or by phone on 02 9929 8643.  Feel free to e-mail or phone to express your interest!

  • 12/11/2012 /  Children's Fund

    Dear Karuna Foundation  Children’s Fund Members and Karuna Friends,

    This is to let you know that our AGM will be held as follows:

    Date: Tuesday 27th November
    Time: 8:30 pm (after meditation meeting)
    Venue: 150 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

    This is an excellent opportunity to hear about our achievements, thanks to your ongoing support.

    There will be an update on our exciting new activity for 2013 and beyond, the Fukushima disaster children’s respite project.

    An agenda and nominations for positions  will follow.

    If you have any queries, or to RSVP, please contact our Chair, Karina at karina [at] thekarunafoundation [dot] org [dot] au

    Sincerely,

     

    Rob & Coni (Co-Secretaries)

     

  • 03/11/2012 /  Children's Fund

    The warmer weather is approaching and we think that it is time for some fun social events!

    Our first dinner together was a big success with a great time had by all who attended, and we were able to raise much needed funds to improve the heating at the Karuna Centre. Thank you so much to all who attended!!

    Our next social gathering will be held next Friday the 9th at a Cafe in North Sydney which one of our members has recently opened up.

    Date: Friday 9th November

    Time: 6:30PM
    Place: Passeggio Espresso Bar (Mark’s Cafe) 121 Walker St North Sydney
    Price: $35 for a special menu that Mark is organising for us which includes hot and cold beverages (optional additional $5 donation to Karuna Foundation Children’s Fund)

    In addition to this event, we are in the process of finalising details for our end of year gathering which is set to be held in the evening of Sunday December 16th. Please save the date! More details to come!

    Please reply to Karina here as soon as possible so we have an idea of how many to expect.

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Best Regards,

    The Karuna Fundraising Team

  • 25/05/2012 /  Children's Fund, News

    Dear Karuna friends,

    We’re heading into winter and it’s sure getting chilli!

    You are invited to join us in creating a little warmth with some delicious Thai cuisine and great company next Sunday 3rd June. This dinner will be the first of a few events we hope to host through the year in order for us to catch up and reflect on the many fun and meaningful times shared over the years, as well as raising some funds for Karuna. Friends and family are most welcome as always!

    All proceeds raised from this dinner will be used towards improving heating facilities at the Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba, a cause close to all of our hearts!  

    Details are:

    Date: Sunday June 3rd

    Time: 6: 30PM

    Location: Simple and Irresistible Thai Restaurant, 283 Miller St North Sydney.

    Cost: $40PP (Includes $10 donation).

    What you can expect: A selection of tempting entrees (Spring rolls, curry puffs, stay chicken and more) and mains (Chicken curry, massaman curry or delicious Pad Thai), steamed rice and a drink of your choice.

    The restaurant is located next to the North Sydney Oval, corner of Ridge Street. For more information on the venue click here.

    Please RSVP as soon as possible with any dietary requirements (the restaurant is happy to cater for vegetarian and vegan diets with prior notice) to myself (Karina) by email here or by phone on 02 9929 8643. Don’t hesitate to e-mail or phone with any questions! Looking forward to seeing you all soon and sharing some warmth!

    Best Regards,

    Karina, Viviane, Nathalie and Chris (The new Karuna fundraising sub-committee)

  • 13/04/2011 /  Children's Fund

    by Julie

    Where: Phoung Restaurant, 87 Willoughby Rd Crows Nest

     

    When: 7pm, Saturday 30 April 2011

     

    Dear Karuna friends,

    You are invited to a special fundraising dinner to help victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    110313-N-SB672-164 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

     

    Proceeds from the dinner will support relief work by Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK), a Buddhist organisation in Japan that follows similar ideas to those we share in Karuna.

    RKK has members living in the tsunami zone. Like the other survivors they have lost much yet have organised themselves to help the other destitute people in their areas. They work together to distribute hot meals and blankets brought in by other RKK people from outside the zone of destruction.

    U.S. Marine Capt. Vieet Rajan speaks with Japanese Tsumani survivors at a displacement camp, Watariha Elementary School

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan (March 23, 2011) U.S. Marine Capt. from Humanitarian Disaster Relief Force speaks with Japanese Tsumani survivors at a displacement camp, Watariha Elementary School (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Steve Acuff/Released)

     

    If you’d like to support these vital relief activities and get together with your Karuna friends for a fun and delicious Vietnamese meal, please rsvp by Monday 25 April by emailing Julie here.

    ATSUGI, Japan. Local volunteers collect food, water, relief supplies donations in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in disaster affected (U.S navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ben Farone Released)

    ATSUGI, Japan. Local volunteers collect food, water, relief supplies donations in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in disaster affected areas (U.S navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ben Farone Released)

     

    Please let us know numbers attending and any preferences for vegetarian dishes – a menu will be sent around closer to the date.

    Friends and family more than welcome !!

    Any questions, please email Julie or phone 0403 794 756.

    If you can’t make it on the night, but would still like to show your support, please send a cheque, payable to “The Buddhist Society”, to P.O. Box 89 North Sydney 2059.

    Or you can make a direct transfer (Account Details: The Buddhist Society of NSW. BSB number 082-401 Account number 50-947-4276) Please add the explanation “For the tsunami appeal”).

    Many thanks,

    Julie

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami that impacted this Japanese fishing port. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

  • 03/04/2011 /  Children's Fund

     

    by Malcolm

     

    MINAMISANRIKU, JAPAN (March 20, 2011) (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Armando Gonzales/Released)

     

    In the past week, the media spotlight has been taken off the Japanese tsunami story and as a sensational news item it has largely faded from our TV screens. But in the real world of the people still living in the devastated zone, the emergency situation continues to be as serious as before.

    The total of confirmed dead and missing is now twenty eight thousand people. Among the thousands of survivors are a great number of elderly folk and young children, who no longer have families to care for them, nor homes to return to. For these vulnerable people the crisis is ongoing. They are existing mostly in crowded conditions in schools and in other public buildings that survived the disaster and they are depending for their basic needs on visits from emergency aid teams.

    A Mickey Mouse doll lies in tatters among rubble and debris

    A Mickey Mouse doll lies in tatters among rubble and debris (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

     

    Among these visiting teams carrying out relief work in the devastated zone are volunteers from Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK), a Buddhist organisation in Japan that follows similar ideas to those that we share in Karuna. As many of you know, in the past, RKK has been very generous to Karuna, having contributed hugely to the development of our facilities in the Blue Mountains, and at one time sponsoring our Chernobyl radiation affected children’s project.

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

     

    RKK has members living in the tsunami zone. Like the other survivors they too have lost much yet, although greatly in need themselves, they have organised themselves to help the other destitute people in their areas. They work together to distribute hot meals and blankets brought in by other RKK people from outside the zone of destruction. We have started a fund to support the RKK relief activities. If you would like to help out with a modest contribution to the fund it would be hugely appreciated by us and by our friends working in the devastated area. A contribution can be sent to us by mail at this address:

    P.O. Box 89 North Sydney 2059.

    Please make your cheque payable to “The Buddhist Society“.

    Alternatively you might like to make a direct transfer to the account (Details: The Buddhist Society of NSW. BSB number 082-401 Account number 50-947-4276) Please add the explanation “For the tsunami appeal”.

    As another alternative you might drop a contribution in the collection box which is now sitting in front of the statue of Buddha at Walker St. We will keep the appeal open for three weeks and then send the accumulated amount to the special RKK tsunami account operating in the Mizuho Bank in Tokyo.

    Many thanks,

    Malcolm

    Donated supplies fill a hangar prior to being airlifted to areas in Japan affected by the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    ATSUGI, Japan (March 15, 2011) Donated supplies fill a hangar prior to being airlifted to areas in Japan affected by the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jonathan Kulp/Released)

     

     

     

  • 20/10/2009 /  Children's Fund

    Dear Friends of Karuna,

    Just a brief reminder that the Karuna Foundation Children’s Fund AGM is on the Thursday 29th October at 7:00 pm at our North Sydney Buddhist Centre.

    All Karuna friends are welcome.

    Please note that this is not our usual Thursday meditation evening (it is in the alternate week) and the meeting will commence at 7 pm.

    Look forward to seeing you there,

    Best regards,

    Robert