It’s been a while since I’ve done a post – have been settling into Blackbaud Pacific – very excited about working for an organisation that does such great work for Not For Profits.
In April last year I took up the role as Chairman of the Formation Organising Committee for what has become the KURINGGAI CHASE. Barry Easy OAM, who started the local Special Olympics movement in Australia, had a vision to create a local Fun Run & Walk that would bring together the community connections that had developed around the grass roots Special Olympics program on the North Shore of Sydney – I quickly shared his vision.
The inaugural event is being held on the 17th March 2013 in the streets surrounding Golden Jubilee Field in North Wahroonga – only 8 weeks away.
My daughter Kate has benefited greatly from Special Olympics- I don’t need to explain the benefits of involvement in sport and I believe the impact on self-esteem, confidence and friendships is often amplified for those with special needs.
The event directly supports the grass roots work of Special Olympics in our local region:
- 250 athletes participating weekly in 12 sports across 40 locations
- 365 students participating over the course of the year in a weekly motor skills program
- We help connect and achieve positive outcomes in 7 special schools, 3 special needs units in mainstream schools and 7 private schools that provide student volunteers (who gain so much from their involvement they keep coming back)
- The schools program is critical in providing encouragement and belief, to the kids and parents/carers alike, that people with an intellectual disability CAN participate and CAN benefit from sport
The program costs over $300,000 to run – 2 sports coordinators, 88 coaches and 170 volunteers all run by a professional volunteer committee – ALL funding is self-generated by the region. Administration represent less than 4% of our costs and represents the stationary, internet etc. required for our sport coordinators to work from their home offices.
So… how can you help us.
- Just Liking KURINGGAI CHASE on Facebook would be brilliant – we need as many likes as possible to provide great returns to our sponsors – KURINGGAI CHASE Facebook Page
- Register and participate in the event, form a team, offer to volunteer – www.kuringgaichase.com.au
- Spread the word and encourage others to participate
- Come along to the Community Carnival after the event to show support for our Sponsors & Supporters
- Support the “Sydney Simmo’s” through the Everyday Hero Team site – www.kuringgaichase.com.au/sydney_simmos
Our objective is to get to $70,000 funds raised. This would put this event on the map to be a major event on the local calendar for many years to come – and providing so many great community connections.
All the best and thanks for reading this far!