LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN SHINES IN SUPPORT OF SYFS YOUTH AND FAMILY AWARDS
The Annual SYFS Youth and Family Awards were held last Thursday at the Warilla Centre, in recognition of the many young people and family members who had made great strides in overcoming personal obstacles to improve their quality of life over the last year.
With over 300 people in attendance, the guest list included Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury, Mayor of Shellharbour Marianne Saliba, NSW Parliamentary Shadow Minister for Health, Housing and Homelessness Ryan Park and the Minister for Disabilities, Community Services and Justice, the Honourable Gareth Ward who was glowing in his support of the work that SYFS continue to do in assisting young people and families including those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged and in advocating for social justice and equality.
The Illawarra's two National Sporting Clubs where also well represented with former Dragon and Rugby League International, Matt Cooper in attendance along with former Hawks player and current Defensive Coach Tyson Demos.
While it was the Award Winners themselves who were undoubtedly the stars of the evening, the Illawarra and South Coast Business and Sporting communities are also to be commended for their support and sponsorship of the Event which saw over 100 awards and gifts distributed to deserving recipients, along with close to $20,000 in funds being raised from the major raffle which this year featured a record prize pool of 10 fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses.
It can be easy to overlook the hugely positive impact this Awards Event has on the young people SYFS works with and their families, but the smiles, joy and tears of happiness where there for all to see on the night. Quite simply it wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of the event sponsors and raffle prize donors who this year supported the Awards in record numbers.
SYFS would once again like to thank and acknowledge the following Event Sponsors -
The Albion Park Rail Neighbourhood Centre
The Byrnes/McMahon Families
The St George Illawarra Dragons
Martin Merrett One Agency Real Estate
Illawarra Youth Housing
The Gaggin Family
John and Jenny Murray
Nowra Carpet Court
N R Wallace Inspections
Convenient Chemist Wollongong
We would also like to thank and acknowledge the following businesses who donated prizes for our raffle -
Wave Surf Boards
St George Illawarra Dragons
The Illawarra Hawks
Beauty by Beck
Win Sports and Entertainment Centre
Wollongong Bike Hub
Lagoon Seafood Restaurant