Anita Cobby's legacy will live on at Grace's Place



By Patrick Fahy Feb. 5, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Thirty years may have passed since her gruesome murder, but it is clear that Blacktown has never forgotten Anita Cobby.

It was evident at Blacktown Workers Club on Tuesday night, where more than 700 people turned out for her 30th anniversary memorial dinner.

All the proceeds from the dinner went to Grace’s Place, a residential trauma centre for young people and their families affected by homicide.

Grace’s Place is named in honour of Anita’s mother, Grace Lynch, and is the vision of Homicide Victims Support Group executive director, Martha Jabour.

Ms Jabour said approximately $170,000 was raised from the dinner, for the project, which will cost an estimated $2.8 million.

“What we’re talking about will be a world first, no one has done something like this before,” she said.

“It will be residential and could look after the children of homicide victims, no matter where they are from in NSW, and for as long as they need to be there.”

Ms Jabour worked closely with Grace and Gary Lynch until their death’s.

“I made a promise to them that Anita would never be forgotten,” she said.

“Grace was my mentor, I knew if we did something that it had to be named in her honour.”

Ms Jabour said Grace and Gary would be thrilled to see Grace’s Place come to fruition.

“They were such humble people, they gave so much.

“I wish they were here to see it, but I know they’re looking over us and guiding us every step of the way.”