LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN SHINES IN SUPPORT OF SYFS YOUTH AND FAMILY AWARDS

Posted 21 October 2019
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 - 

MAJOR SPONSOR

Illawarra Toyota

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Commonwealth Bank

Piruse

Internetrix

Virtual It

GOLD SPONSORS

AST

BMS

Cardno

SILVER SPONSORS

The Albion Park Rail Neighbourhood Centre

The Byrnes/McMahon Families

The St George Illawarra Dragons

Kells Lawyers

Martin Merrett One Agency Real Estate

Illawarra Youth Housing

The Gaggin Family

John and Jenny Murray

Nowra Carpet Court

Nowra Chemicals

N R Wallace Inspections

Convenient Chemist Wollongong

MJReilly

BRONZE SPONSOR

Gerry Traill

 

We would also like to thank and acknowledge the following businesses who donated prizes for our raffle -

 

Portico 

Wave Surf Boards

St George Illawarra Dragons

The Illawarra Hawks

Beauty by Beck

Figtree Travel

Virtual IT

Win Sports and Entertainment Centre

Wollongong Bike Hub

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant