Our connection with Warrah
As a company, Di Jones has had a long association with charitable causes. Inspired by personal experience of Di and Bill Jones, the Matthew Jones Foundation was established 9 years ago to support Warrah Special School. Read on to find out more about Warrah and it's connection with Di Jones.
The only son of Bill and Di and brother to Kim, Matthew was born in 1973 with mental and physical disabilities that required high cost specialist care. Already highly motivated to support not only Matthew but others families with similar needs, Di Jones was relentless in establishing the most nurturing environment possible for Matthew right up until his unexpected death in 2008.
From Di Jones’ motivation to give back to the community came the association with Warrah. Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation in Sydney's North West providing services to adults and children with disabilities and Warrah Special School educates children with disabilities aged 5-18 years. The main campus in Dural is set on 30 acres (12 ha) and is an environmental haven. The services they provide include Residential and Day Services for adults with intellectual and other disabilities who need support in their home, work, social and community life.
Where Warrah started
In 1965 a small group of friends formed the Warrah Trust, and the founders, Karl and Hannelor Kaltenbach, started preparing the educational and vocational programs utilising the principles of Rudolf Steiner’s Curative Education and Social Therapy. Karl and a small group of teenagers with disabilities began to clear the land at 20 Harris Road in Dural in preparation for a biodynamic vegetable garden. During that time Warrah Society was formed, and four years later with financial assistance from the State and Commonwealth, the first residential cottages were built on the Dural campus.
Matthew Jones lived and thrived at Warrah as a loved and loving member of the Warrah family from the age of 7. His warmth and big-hearted personality touched everyone he came into contact with. The Jones family were very involved with school and Bill Jones was a member on the Board of Directors member for many years.
The team at Di Jones will continue to honour Matthew’s memory and support Warrah along with other families who face a similar challenge with a special needs child. The schools’ goal is to make a difference to the lives of special needs students by ensuring they have a quality of life as enriching and varied as Matthew did.