At the start of 2007, Tania and Warren Hayes pledged their support and became Honorary Custodians of an outstanding Sydney based charity named – Sir Roden Cutler Charities.

Later that same year, Tania was taken by surprise when honoured with the prestigious ‘Lady Cutler Carer of the Year Award’.

And in 2008, Tania was invited to join the Board of Sir Roden Cutler Charities.

The organisation was named after Sir Roden Cutler who passed away in 2002. Sir Roden Cutler was awarded a Victoria Cross for bravery in World War II and, among other outstanding achievements, was NSW’s longest serving Governor (1966-1981). In 1998, Sir Roden was acclaimed as one of Australia’s ‘100 National Living Treasures’. He was renowned for always doing what had to be done to look after those in need.

Sir Roden Cutler Charities evolved from the Kings Cross Rotary Club 1990s ‘Home and Away’ project, which provided emergency transport for the young, the elderly and the disabled needing to get to and from vital medical appointments. It is now a widely recognised and respected charity, providing the neediest in Australia with:

- financial and material assistance through the Special Circumstances Grants Scheme (up to 100 grants per year)
- transport assistance through the Pick Me Up Service (up to 100 trips per week)
- personal assistance through the Caring for Carers Program (on an ongoing basis).

It is also known as the Charity that helps other charities. In 2007 more than fifty charitable causes in communities all around New South Wales received donations through the Special Circumstances Grants Scheme. The number of recipient charities in New South Wales will increase in 2008, and expansion on a national basis is planned for the coming years.

The Charity’s staff and volunteers feel proud and privileged to follow Sir Roden’s example of serving his fellow Australians and helping out when there is no one else who can.

The Charity bestows the following annual awards:

- the Sir Roden Cutler Medal, presented to a person in the community who has made a
  continuously outstanding personal contribution to a charitable cause or causes.

- the Lady Cutler Carer’s Award, presented to a carer in the community whose devotion
 and dedication to the person or persons cared  for is uniquely demonstrable; even in the environment
 common to all carers, and who perform amazing deeds in always difficult, and very often the most
 heart-wrenching and overwhelming of circumstances.

- the Sir Roden Cutler Charities Achiever of the Year, presented to a person with a disability who has
 triumphed in their chosen field of endeavour.

Since coming on board, Tania and Warren have played an active part in the charities special events. They have travelled across New South Wales with the Sir Roden Cutler Charities Wheelchair Roll Tour, which visits 100 country towns across NSW over six months, providing financial assistance to people in need.

And in 2008, Warren and Tania travelled around Australia speaking in State Parliaments along the way, to create awareness for the Charity and to launch the Charities ‘Search for A Carers Story’ in 2008.

The Charity relies overwhelmingly on the generosity of the corporate sector and private donations. To join our ever-expanding group of generous benefactors, please phone us on 1300 Sir Roden (1300 747763), email us at or visit our website at

In addition to their time, Tania and Warren have pledged to donate to the charity 10% from the royalties of their book – Love Has No Limits to help out those in need.

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