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Perhaps we are just a cynic at heart -- we are not selfish but we rarely donate to organisations in a fund drive or a specialised drive of any type. We learned the hard way during the 9/11 aftermath  that most of the donated funds rarely reach the intended recipients -- the people really needing the financial support. Most go to the organisation administering the drive. 


Yet, when we received this email from Lee-Ann Kelly, owner of Windsor's award winning Peruvian Sterling Silver & GiftShop on George Street, we were moved. We think you will be also. Lee-Ann assures us that all donations (100 %) will reach this family to build a very modest house. Thus far $550 has been donated -- Read her email and give it some thought. You can donate through GoFundme

  • Oh, yes, if you prefer to make a cash donation, stop by Nine 50 in Windsor.

Now read Lee-Ann's letter below:



Hi Pat,

One Of Our Sponsor Children Needs Urgent Help. 

As Many Of You Know My Husband And I Sponsor 6 Children In Lima Peru Through The Compassion Child Sponsorship Program. We Have Been Very Fortunate To Meet The Children And Their Families On Several Occasions While Visiting Peru On Business. I Have Developed Very Strong Relationships With These Children And Their Families. While All Our Sponsor Children Have Great Need On My Recent Visit To Peru April/ May 2016 It Became Very Apparent To Me That Francis And Her Family Urgently Need Assistance.

Francis' Mother Is The Only Provider For The Family. She Works Cleaning A School And She Earns USD 150.00 From March To December. During Summer Vacations, The Mom Looks For Jobs Such As Doing Laundry Or As Maid. The Mother Recently Received A Small Piece Of Land From A Family Member (Valued At Approx $200US)  To Which She Holds The Title. They Are Currently Living In A Single Roomed Plywood Shanty They Put Up Themselves. Their Home Has No Separate Rooms For Sleeping Or Cooking And No Water, Power Or Toilet Facilities. The Family Have Been Assisted With Immediate Food And Bedding.

I Requested The Situation Be Fully Assessed By Compassion and For Information On The Costing To Build A Home For Francis And Her Family. The Costing Is As Follows :

A Prefabricated House With Divisions For The Bedrooms, Kitchen And Bathroom.  US700

1 Sink And 1 Toilet - US 150 
1 Door - US 40.00 
3 Plywood - US 35.00 
Strips - US 90.00 
Nails - US 2.00 
Thick Sand - US 25.00 
3 Backs Of Cement - US 30.00 
Total Cost For Toilet: US 372.00 

Total Approximately $1500AU

Once The Funds Have Been Raised The Construction Of The Home Will Take 3 Weeks To Complete. Any Additional Funds Raised Will Provide Additional Assistance To This Family.



Francis Is Turning 13 Years Old On The 31st Of July This Year.  What An Incredible Gift For Her And Her Family. I Have Set Up A GoFund Me Page on which you can place an Online Donation Or Alternatively You Can Donate With Cash In The Shop.

This Is Something Nine50 Customers Can Collectively Contribute To. This Act of Generosity And Kindness Will Have A Huge Impact For This Single Mother And Her Two Beautiful Daughters. This Is A Family I Love With All My Heart And Together We Can Significantly Impact Their Lives.

Any And All Donations Will Help Us Collectively Reach The Goal. 

Thank you For Your Help And I Look Forward To Sending Photos Of Francis' New Home In The Coming Months.

Lee-Ann Kelly






Address: Shop 2, Lachlan Court, 100 George Street
Phone: 0411 156 048
Hours: Open daily 8am to 4pm

In this pocket-sized corner of Lachlan Court, Sue Keirouz - a charming chef and a friendly spirit - has created an unusual and delightful ambience with vintage art, unusual pillows and miscellaneous china tea cups. But, we're here to talk about food and Sue has won the tastebuds and the tummies of Windsor-ites in a short period. Think international and think Aussie.


While Lebanese cuisine is at the heart of her menu, great salads of the Australian variety such as Caesar with chicken breast or grilled Haloumi with asparagus and avocado are also available.


Recently we sampled Sue's traditional Lebanese breakfast - lightly scrambled eggs served with a slowly-simmered dish of slender sausage, red capsicum and Lebanese flat beans. Steaming hot, this bold breakfast was delivered upon an iron serving dish and served with Lebanese bread. Think bold for breakfast!




For dessert, it's homemade - rich and heavenly - and there are so many choices. We finish off our breakfast with a Wild Berry Frost - a wonderful combination of boysenberry, black current and strawberry - a concoction to write home about. (Editor's note: If you BYOB, the staff will mix it.) On this rainy Sunday at a nearby table, a birthday celebration brings forth, along with a luscious dessert plate, the entire staff to sing and to clap.



Suez Kitchen is welcoming with an oh-so-friendly staff. Sue is most often at the range -- she loves to cook -- but she loves to chat with customers! 

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