Following on from last year’s successful event, this March, Windgap and South Sydney Juniors invite you to the annual St Patrick’s Day Breakfast. The event includes a traditional Irish breakfast with performances from Currie – Henderson Irish Dancers and lovely Irish tunes from the group Shindig plus there are amazing raffle prizes to be won! To purchase tickets and more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 8337 3616. All proceeds will go towards Windgap services.
Windgap received a Community Building Partnership Grant to build a Therapeutic Memorial Rose Garden at Eastlakes head office. The garden will provide a quiet, reflective space that facilitates the grieving process for the clients and supported employees who have lost close friends and work colleagues. We would like to thank Ron Hoenig MP for support in the application of the grant. Supported employees are really excited for the Therapeutic Memorial Rose Garden. Watch this space, we will update you on the garden project!
Windgap was invited to 32nd Charity Shield Game where The South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragon played at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 7 February. The Charity Shield is one of the most traditional matches on the NRL calendar each season. Both Clubs support selected charities with the proceeds from the match, as well as highlighting the good work conducted by Souths Cares and the St George Foundation. Some of Windgap’s supported employees were there, to form the guard of honour as the players ran out onto the field ,and to Cheer on their team from the stands ! We would like to thank South Cares for their generosity in providing us with tickets ,and for giving our supported employees a chance to be up close and personal with their Hero’s.
Windgap received a $2000 donation from the proceeds of the ATO Inter-Company Golf Club Tournament. Each year, the Golf Club raises money for charities around Sydney and the club’s secretary, Richard Bloomfield has a longstanding relationship with Windgap and was delighted to be able to make this generous contribution. The money will be put towards Windgap’s new social enterprise Mr. Espresso by Windgap and used specifically for purchasing nationally recognised training and new uniforms.
Windgap’s volunteers Mary and Brian Ford received The Kingsford Smith Community Award from Matt Thistlethwaite MP during the award ceremony at Bowen Library. Mary and Brian have been volunteering on a weekly basis since the opening of the Transition to Retirement site for 3 years. They have been supporting ‘The Diamonds Choir’ as well as attending to special events such as “Remembrance Day” on the weekends. We would like to congratulate Mary and Brian Ford, and we appreciate their ongoing support.
Windgap and Mr Espresso is now proud partners for an exciting social enterprise that will provide employment opportunities for eager members from Windgap who have been trained at our Eastlakes DSK Hospitality and Learning Centre. Transition to Work’s Tim Lockwood, Laura Cameron and Wai Sing Siu have already started serving delicious coffee and treats at The Mr Espresso by Windgap Café at 522 Bunnerong Road, Matraville. The official launch was on 3 December, on The International Day for People with Disabilities with the attendance of Councillor Brendan Roberts, Minister for Disability Services Hon. John Ajaka, Ron Hoeing, MP., Councillor Murray Matson and Michael Daley MP. With the support of the community and sponsors, Mr Espresso by Windgap will bring inclusion and meaningful employment opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.
The “Making Airwaves” project, now in its 3rd year, is a partnership between Windgap Foundation and Eastside Radio 89.7 FM in Paddington. “Making Airwaves” is an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to learn radio presentation and production skills, creating their own radio show. You can now link to the ‘Voices of the Tiger’ podcast by clicking on the right button
After 40 years of working for the Windgap Foundation Victor is now enjoying retirement through participating in the Transition to Retirement program. Victor enjoys singing and is a member of The Diamond’s choir. He is also an accomplished painter and has received several awards for his work which have been shown at art exhibitions across the Eastern Suburbs. Victor spends his weekends with his partner Michelle and supporting his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs. For more, click here.
Transition to Retirement site held its first ‘Senior Christmas Concert’ at Botany Town Hall. During the event, ‘The Diamond’s Choir’ sang five of their favourite Christmas Carols. Local seniors of Botany and Matt Thistlethwaite MP attended the event.
Windgap Warriors’ final soccer game was held with Multicultural Respite Service (MRS) at Jellicoe Park. Thanks to Pagewood Botany Football Club, Windgap had a chance to bring home a trophy which was presented by Matt Thistlethwaite, MP. Thanks to our volunteer coaches: Tarek and Roy, The Warriors started to be professionally trained on Mondays all year round. The aim is to improve their skills and confidence to play with other teams and to continue on great success stories like these! Special thanks goes to George Lundy and Pagewood Football Club, Paul Graham, volunteers Roy and Tarek, Multicultural Respite Service (MRS), Special Olympics, Matt Thistlethwaite MP, and all staff and volunteers for their on going help and support.
Windgap held a disco at Eastlakes Sports Centre. The night was enjoyed by many. Half of the centre was turned into a disco and favourite tunes were played by our in house DJ Brendon. During the night, Windgap Warriors Soccer Team received their trophies given by our former board member Paul Graham. We would like to thank all the volunteers and staff members who participated in training, soccer games and supported the Windgap Warriors Team and those helped and organised the disco night.
Getting involved in events such as our Gala Ball is a great way to support Windgap Foundation. All proceeds go towards our Transition to Retirement initiative to enable our supported employees to enjoy retirement with dignity! Windgap’s Annual Gala Ball was a great success this year with over 350 people attending. The night included many highlights: a Kath & Kim tribute by “Leave it to Diva” which included many hilarious moments, Special guest speakers Gerry Harvey and Katie Page had the crowd enthralled , Stump the Guru with Max Hitchins was a hit ,plus a phantom race call of the Windgap cup from Matt Hill which saw the winning table donate their $2000 winnings back to Windgap, the new Royal Randwick racecourse Venue & its food on the night were outstanding, then we finished the night with Live music from “The Enormous Horns” who kept us on our feet till the very end. For more information and photos from the night click here.
Windgap’s Yearbook celebrates 60 years of Windgap and 30 years of Residential Services. Click below to view the yearbook. To purchase, call us on 02 8337 3646.
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