A small beginning

In 1993 Rev Dr Ian Mavor, a Uniting Church Minister married Deirdre Hanna, an Anglican Chaplain and their lives were together Rev Dr Ian Mavorchanged.  In October they gathered a few friends together to talk about the need for a hospice, and thus began a journey to serve the Gold Coast and beyond, in caring for the dying and the children. That dream was to become Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. As well as Hopewell Hospice, they  developed  Paradise Kids Gold Coast, Paradise Kids Brisbane, Paradise Kids Mobile Response Team, Hopewell Education Services, Hopewell Outreach Services and Simply Divine Café. Ian’s whole life was his vocation, and he was deeply influenced by the work of the great philosopher Ken Wilber. Ian’s background in Education allowed him to develop a curriculum of life that honoured the All Level All Quadrant model of Ken Wilber.

Ian died in 2015 from liver cancer 6 months from his diagnosis. Ian lived fully until his death in the hospice he created, and the Foundation’s mission is to honour his legacy and keep his Integral Vision alive.

Many stories were told by those who loved Ian and still miss him greatly. Part of the grief process is to feel all the feelings associated with death and telling stories is a way to heal through accepting the reality that the beloved person has gone from this life. Telling stories allows us to feel all the pain and memories associated with what has been lost, and also to remember and celebrate with gladness the good times of a life lived to the full. Our final task is to adjust to a life without Ian’s physical body and yet with an overwhelming sense of his Spirit still present. READ STORIES OF IAN HERE

Our Mission: To relieve poverty, suffering and distress for the poor, the sick, the dying , the children and the bereaved, by continuing the life-work and legacy of Rev. Dr Ian Mavor (OAM) who established Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. including Hopewell Hospice, Hopewell Education Services, including Grief Counselling, Palliative Care and Suicide Prevention Education, and Paradise Kids Counselling Centre and Holiday House for children grieving or living with a terminal illness, and The Living Well Centre for educating the community in Integral preventative health care

Charitable purposes and powers

6. Objects

1) To relieve poverty, suffering and distress for the poor, the sick, the dying and the bereaved, by continuing the life-work and legacy of Rev. Dr Ian Mavor (OAM) who established Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. including Hopewell Hospice, Hopewell Education Services, including Grief Counselling, Palliative Care and Suicide Prevention Education, and Paradise Kids Counselling Centre and Holiday House for children grieving or living with a terminal illness, and The Living Well Centre for educating the community in preventative health care;

2) To fund raise for a dedicated hospice bed in Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. for the poor and the homeless who are dying and have no private health cover;

3) To fund raise and provide direct counselling services and emotional support to children living with the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness and their siblings and parents;

4) To provide grief counselling services and educational support groups of core life skills and other welfare assistance to rehabilitate women and children in need who have symptoms of PTSD and who have been traumatised by domestic violence, imprisonment, suicide, or the death of a parent or partner through natural disasters, war, or murder;

5) To provide vocal therapy to reduce symptoms of trauma in children. To provide scholarships to disadvantage children who have promising singing voices and who cannot afford the fees due to family break-up, death , poverty or imprisonment to help them overcome and work through their trauma through vocal therapy classes.

6) To provide grief counselling services and education for better-parenting groups to adults in need who are financially, emotionally and physically disadvantaged  by  suicide, or imprisonment, on rehabilitation programs, on probation or parole or are undergoing rehabilitation for addiction or domestic violence. This preventative health care will help participants in programs from reoffending;

7) To provide education and core life-skills and preventative health care strategies to help children and young people overcome the adversity caused by poverty, such as that resulting from the imprisonment or death of a parent, or have been in multiple foster homes and are suffering from PTSD;

8) To provide support groups, education and counselling to adults in need who are financially emotionally and physically disadvantaged by grand-parenting, for reasons such as the death or imprisonment or in recovery from addictions of their adult children, and who need life skills and support groups to bring up their grandchildren;

9) To educate the public in suicide intervention and prevention and provide support groups to those who are bereaved through a suicide, murder or other traumatic experience;

10) To provide music therapy for dying patients in Hopewell Hospice as music therapy has been shown to result in a more pain free and peaceful death;

11) To provide direct spiritual and pastoral support to the dying and educate others in how to provide spiritual and pastoral support to dying  people  in hospice  and their family members;

12) To provide support groups for disadvantaged and impoverished adults and children with PTSD from domestic violence. To educate the public about the necessity for Domestic Violence support groups after a death, imprisonment, divorce, natural disaster or other traumatic losses, as a preventative health care measure;

13) To support and educate and provide direct counselling and accommodation for impoverished adults and children with life-limiting illnesses from rural Queensland and other parts of Australia dealing with helplessness and disadvantage  due to drought, fire or floods or other disasters.

7.  Powers

Subject to clause 8, the company has the following powers, which may only be used to carry out its purpose(s) set out in clause 6:

      1. the powers of an individual, and
      2. all the powers of a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act.

8. Not-for-profit

8.1 The company must not distribute any income or assets directly or indirectly to its members, except as provided in clauses 8.2 and 69.

DGR Statement: ‘ If the organisation is wound up or its endorsement as a deductible gift recipient is revoked (whichever comes first) any surplus of the following assets shall be transferred to another organisation with similar objects, which is charitable at law, to which income tax deductible gifts can be made:

  • Gifts of money or property for the principal purpose of the organisation;
  • Contributions made in relation to an eligible fundraising event held for the principal purpose of the organisation;
    • Money received by the organisation because of such gifts and contributions’