About Us

The Cornucopia Committee passes 50 years of fundraising to help children of Sydney.

The Committee was founded in 1963 by Wiska Listwan who was passionate and active in hosting fundraising events to raise money to help children. Mrs Listwan was the founding president of The Cornucopia Committee and presided until ill health and in the late 1980’s when Cara Brett Hall OAM took on the presidency of the Committee. In 1989 the Cornucopia Committee directed its fundraising solely for the prevention and treatment of child abuse supporting The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, now known as The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Dorothy Ryan OAM was elected President of the Cornucopia Committee in 2001, having been a member for twenty-seven years, during which time she held a number of positions.

The Cornucopia Committee has donated over $1 million dollars to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead over the years and a further $1 million dollars divided between the child protection units of The Children’s Hospital Randwick, Royal North Shore Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation and CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Service).

The Cornucopia Committee was honoured to have hosted an event at Government House in the presence of Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO. Dr Elisabeth Murphy gave an address and a stark reminder to those in attendance of how important it is that the cycle of child abuse be broken. Unfortunately, increasing more and more is the problem of adult disease (such as obesity) due to long term effects of child abuse. We are so grateful to our supporters and long time sponsors that we are able to continue our support of Sydney Child Protection Units.

Money raised is to help these Child Protection Units make a positive difference to children and their families and to break the cycle of abuse from generation to generation. The Committee funded and sponsored the first Shaken Baby Conference in Sydney 17 years ago highlighting the effects and problems to a child’s brain and development, possible long term problems and disabilities from “Shaking Babies”. The Shaken Baby Conference is now an annual event, reaching 25 countries based on the format of Sydney’s conference.

The Cornucopia Committee is proud to have help fund the Child Protection Therapy Room at The Children’s Hospital Westmead and this year received an Award and recognition from The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children appointing The Cornucopia Committee as a founder of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

This year the Cornucopia Committee held a charity race day at Royal Randwick and will be hosting a luncheon at the Royal Oak, Balmain. We look forward to welcoming all to these events and hope that if you are in a position to provide sponsorship, you would contact us to discuss same.

We were delighted to announce that on Australia Day 2016, Dorothy Ryan, President of the Cornucopia Committee was recognised with the Order of Australia, for her significant contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Following our Race Day in 2019, our much loved President Dorothy Ryan announced her retirement from the Cornucopia Committee after 21 years as President and 30 years as a member. Dorothy left Sydney to be with her family in Perth.

The Cornucopia Committee wishes to acknowledge the support of De Bortoli Wines, QBE, Gaia Resort & Spa, Harding Miller, Manjits at the Wharf, Mark Moran Group – Spirit of Life and Anita McKenzie.