Mount Gambier Homes
The Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation
Our Foundation was formed out of a desire to provide a caring, 'forever home' for people living with a disability in the community.
As with all Ryder-Cheshire homes our guiding philosophy is the relief of suffering without discrimination.
The Mount Gambier homes are leased to ParaQuadSA and managed by their service provider HomeCare+.
What we've achieved so far
The Foundation has built and maintains two homes: Ryder and Cheshire.
Each home accommodates five residents who have studio-style rooms with ensuites, shared living areas and alfresco spaces.
Discussions have commenced for a possible third complex.
Some of the messages from members of the extended Ryder-Cheshire family who have sent condolences to Jerry's family:
'What a huge loss. I’m so sad.'
'He was wonderful man and a great supporter of Ryder-Cheshire. His wisdom and experience will be missed.'
Vale Dr Jerry Leech AM28 November 2023
Members of the extended Ryder-Cheshire family have paid tribute to Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation Vice-President Jerry Leech who died on Sunday, November 26.
"We have lost a great humanitarian and a wonderful man who has left a huge legacy that his family can be enormously proud of," said Foundation President Matthew Dixon.
"We will miss his challenging intellect, energy and can-do attitude and most of all we will miss his friendship," he said.
Jerry was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his significant service to the forestry industry, tertiary education and the community. Read the citation.
He was Treasurer of our Foundation from 2003 until recently, and was instrumental in securing and administering a Building Better Regions Fund grant of about $500,000 which enabled development of our second home, Cheshire.
He also arranged a Rotary International Global Grant for the purchase of a GeneXpert analysis machine to test for Multi-Drug Resistant TB for the Ryder-Cheshire home Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste.
Matthew Dixon returned as President10 November 2023
Matthew Dixon will lead the Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation for a sixth year after being re-elected unopposed as President at the 2023 AGM.
Matthew Dixon returned as President for sixth year.