Bethany celebrating 150 years.

It’s not every day we get to celebrate a 150th birthday, but this month that’s exactly what one Geelong organisation did. Bethany Community Support is celebrating 150 years of service to the local community.

Bethany Krystine Val Grant and Gary cutting cake (002)

On 1 May 1868, Bethany first opened its doors in Hamlyn Heights as the Geelong Female Refuge. Today, Bethany Community Support operates from the very same site as a leading not-for-profit community services organisation supporting women, men, children and families.

In her 150 years, Bethany has witnessed a changing landscape, experienced prosperity, hardship and survived against all odds. Our organisation has survived because we have evolved, adapting our services to meet the needs of the community.

On Tuesday 1 May 2018, Bethany staff, board members, life members, volunteers and service users celebrated the 150th birthday with a special luncheon.

Pictured cutting the birthday cake are two of Bethany’s longest serving supporters: Val Hannah and Gary Bruce.  Val is a Bethany Life Governor, who has fundraised for Bethany through her local dance school every year for the past 56 years. Gary is Bethany’s longest-serving volunteer. Also pictured are current board member, Krystine Canny-Smith, and CEO, Grant Boyd.

The luncheon is one of many celebrations happening this year as part of the 150th Anniversary – stay tuned for more information!

Story: Cayley Cowlishaw Photo: Krystine, Val, Grant and Gary cutting the cake, thanks to SVDC Photography.