Home' Hunter Its People : June 2010 Contents 12 THE HERALD Thursday, June 24, 2010
Pasher Bulker June Long
Weekend storms -- Newcastle
Permanent coordinates relief fund
expands into Mid
opens our 50th
branch in Forster
named Australian Home
Lender of the Year at the
AFR Smart Investor Awards
Charitable Foundation has
benefited over 150 charities
to the tune of $5 million
Financed $1billion worth
of loans to members in
named Building Society
of the Year^ for second
year running 2009
2004 2005 2006 Expands into New England
and Northern Rivers
with disability, every week helping 250 families facing
hard times in the local community with food and utility
vouchers, clothing and referrals.
Shevels has been the CEO of Samaritans for 19 years and
has worked in the welfare sector since 1970, graduating
from La Trobe University with a degree in social work
and working in welfare in Melbourne and Sydney before
joining Samaritans in 1991, when it was a small agency with
about 10 staff and 100 volunteers.
A Hunter woman born and bred, it has been a long road
of service to the people of the region that has led Forsythe
to her position of executive officer of Kidsafe Hunter.
The road has taken her from fostering children at
Christmas to adopting her own, spending 15 years as a
Pink Lady volunteer, gaining a Diploma of Social Welfare,
teaching a refugee family to speak English, spending
10 years on the national management committee of
NAPCAM (National Association for Child Abuse and
Neglect), helping initiate Child Protection Week in the
Hunter, being a child development officer in family
day care, gaining a degree in social welfare at Newcastle
University at night, joining the steering committee to set
up Kidsafe Hunter and working on the committee and as a
volunteer before becoming executive officer in 1994.
The basic aim of Kidsafe Hunter is to make Hunter
children safe, and its major goal is to establish a Child
Safety Education Centre at John Hunter Hospital, a
project that Forsythe feels is burdened by a lack of political
will to provide funds to make it a reality.
Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a home away from
home for seriously ill or injured children and their
families, and Ross Bingham is the CEO of RMH, Newcastle
and Tamworth, while his wife Rohan handles events and
public relations for RMH Newcastle.
The couple, Newcastle born and bred, met at
McDonald's Mayfield in 1980 when they both worked
there, married in 1984 and now have four children.
They were involved in fundraising for Newcastle's RMH
and volunteered when it opened in 1991, and in 1996 Ross
started full time as CEO after 17 years in the McDonald's
system as restaurant manager and in marketing. His wife
joined him full time in 2008.
Ross is on the board of St Philip's Christian College
Newcastle, is a member of the Fundraising Institute of
Australia and Newcastle Business Chamber.
Rohan's first job was at McDonald's at Mayfield and she
worked at the Greater Building Society and Advance Bank,
A former Lady Mayoress of Newcastle, McNaughton has
been involved in community service since the age of 12,
playing her piano accordion at charity concerts.
She still plays the accordion to entertain at nursing
homes at least three times a week, and her work was
recognised when the 2007-08 Newcastle telephone
directory, with its theme ''champions of our community'',
had a cover photograph of her with her accordion at
Nobbys Beach. As well as working as a volunteer at Ronald
McDonald House she is the house patron, and patron of
the John Hunter Children's Hospital, Kid's Club, Hunter
Breast Cancer, Foster Grandparents at Stockton, and both
patron and committee member of the Red Kite Child
She serves on the committee of Hunter Carers and is
a ''children's champion'' of the Kaleidoscope Hunter
Children's Health Network.
She is also the ''Ship's Lady'' for the HMAS Newcastle,
the frigate she launched in the city in 1992, and has a
considerable interest in the ship's charity, the Hunter
Orthopaedic School, for which the ship bought a bus last
year by raising $50,000 in three months.
As well as being chairman of the board of Newcastle
Permanent, Slater is chairman of the Newcastle Permanent
Community Foundation, the trustee of the Newcastle
Permanent Charitable Foundation.
The foundation was launched in 2004 to provide
community funding for regions including the Hunter,
Central Coast, Mid-North Coast, New England and
Northern Rivers, with around $1 million a year available.
More than $5 million in grants have already been given.
Slater also chairs a clean energy company, Corkys
Carbon and Combustion Pty Limited, and serves on
the boards of the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter,
Corporate Internet Business Information Systems Pty Ltd
and Denis Veitch and Associates Pty Ltd.
He has more than 40 years involvement with surf life saving.
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