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A Message from the Co-Founders

In recent times the phrase, “Tara is a values-driven organisation”, finds itself in our hearts and on our lips with astonishing frequency. Or perhaps it’s not so astonishing! After all, vision, values & ethos are the de facto focus of interest for the founders, (co-founders), of an organisation such as ours.

The vision and values which drive all action at Tara, while simultaneously creating and sustaining its ethos of service, care, compassion and respect for all, emanate from our Vision Statement, (see p 2 opposite).
We invite you, to take time to read and ponder on this foundational statement and make it your very own. You might even embark on a journey of exploring and discovering for yourself how the values underpinning the Vision Statement continue to inspire all services offered at Tara!

News of the death of that extraordinary visionary Stephen Hawking made world headlines as we were writing this word of greeting for the Summer 2018 Brochure (prepared, produced and soon to be delivered under the sure-footed guidance of the Centre’s dedicated CEO, Margaret Spencer).

Diagnosed at the age of 22 with Motor Neuron Disease and, “given 2 years to live”, Hawking went on for a further 54 years to explore and elucidate the mysteries of the entire universe in a language which succeeded in engaging not only the greatest scientists of our day, but equally effectively “the man and woman on the street” – you and me!

The passing of a man of such indomitable courage and compelling vision put the spotlight fairly and squarely on the mysteries of the universe and triggered in us a resonance with Tara’s Vision Statement and in particular with its last line – “educate towards a deep, active and enlightened awareness of this amazing universe….”!

We invite you to consider with us the witness of Hawking’s life, whereby he transcended the limitations of his severe physical condition through engaging with the “bigger picture” – the mysteries of the very universe itself. We believe that bears eloquent testimony to the inherent capacity of vision to empower all of us to grapple with, and mightily overcome, even the most daunting challenges life can throw across our path. We will give the last word on this to Stephen Hawking:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see
and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
And however difficult life may seem,
there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Mary DalyMaura Twohig