We believe in the importance of being involved in our local community and giving back whenever we can. As a result members from our practice are actively involved with and/or support the following clubs and organisations:
- Haven Amphitheatre
- All Wheel Drive Club of Sydney
- MS 24 Hour Megaswim
- St Ignatius’ College, Riverview
- St Canice’s Kitchen
Both Chris & Sharie are involved in their local community at Castlecrag including the Haven Amphitheatre. There are various events held at the Haven Amphitheatre throughout the year including cabarets, film nights, Shakespeare plays, Children’s plays and the Xmas Carols. All of these events need to be co-ordinated and the local community band together to make this possible. Chris takes an active role as the Treasurer on the Haven Committee which is a sub-committee of Willoughby City Council. It’s great supporting our local community.
Sharie is on the committee for the Friends of Haven which is a community group whose purpose is to create public awareness about the need to rebuild the Haven Amphitheatre state in a way that is suitable for both professional and amateur performers for now and in the futre. Sharie is also involved in organising fundraising events for the Haven Amphitheatre.
Chris is a past President of the All Wheel Drive Club of Sydney Inc and enjoys his voluntary work with the club and the four wheel driving and camping trips during the year. Our family have enjoyed Four Wheel Drive trips to the Victorian High Country over the years. We particularly enjoyed an outback touring trip covering Bourke, Inamminka, Strzelecki Desert, Camerons Corner and Broken Hill.
Chris & Sharie’s son Josh has participated in the MS mega swim each year to raise both awareness and funds for this charity. The 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event. It is one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events. Joshua set up his own webpage and raised funds via a social media campaign. Diagnosis of MS is typically between 20 and 40 years of age, although onset of symptoms may be earlier. Three times more women are affected by MS than men and it is more common in cooler climates. In Australia, over 21,000 people currently have MS however this figure is increasing as diagnosis methods become more advanced. One in 20 Australians will be touched by MS through a family member, colleague or friend who is living with the disease.
Chris and Sharie’s son Joshua attends St Ignatius’ College, Riverview which is a Catholic School for day boys and boarders from year 5-12. It was established by the Jesuits at Lane Cove in Sydney in 1880 and is part of the international network of Jesuit schools begun in Messina, Sicily in 1548.
The aim at Riverview, is to educate students so that they may become young men of competence, conscience and compassion, striving always for excellence in all they do. Jesuit education insists on individual care and concern for each student. At Riverview, they have developed an academic program and pastoral care system, which enables boys to reach their full potential as a person of faith, created and loved by God.
Sharie is actively involved in the school and has volunteered to be the Year 8 Coordinator and will be responsible for planning events for the coming year for 225 Riverview families at the school. Joshua is enjoying both his winter and summer sports, rugby and waterpolo at the school as is also a member of the GPS swim team.