Donations help Angels at Work fund tally soar

Associate Professor Irwin Pakula, Director of Nursing general manager Kim Capp, singing angel Graham Wilson and Merrylord Harb-Azar were in good voice at South Coast Private Hospital.  Picture: GREG ELLIS

Associate Professor Irwin Pakula, Director of Nursing general manager Kim Capp, singing angel Graham Wilson and Merrylord Harb-Azar were in good voice at South Coast Private Hospital. Picture: GREG ELLIS

As the Angels at Work tally pushed past $33,000 at the weekend to help the Leukaemia Foundation help local families so does news of some of the most generous angels in the Illawarra.

West Street Psychology's Merrylord Harb-Azar gave $2500 and was directly involved in securing a further $1000 donation from South Coast Private Hospital.

Director of Nursing general manager Kim Capp and medical superintendent Associate Professor Irwin Pakula did it because they and the hospital admire the work Mrs Harb-Azar does in the community.

"We are delighted she brought the angels here for such a great cause," Ms Capp said.

Mrs Harb Azar said she decided to support Angels at Work because it was another example of the Illawarra community working together for such a great cause.

"There is so much care shown by this community," she said.

Other large donations came from PCL Finance, David Campbell, Lou Niceski, of Elders Real Estate Wollongong and Dwyers Mazda.

Meanwhile, Jodie Pyke, of Finance Control, and her husband Jason Pyke, of JPD Surf, travelled to Newcastle at the weekend to paddleboard like an angel at Nobbys Head. And Leukaemia Foundation Illawarra regional manager Nina Field joined Newcastle angels to walk down Hunter Street and through the CBD collecting donations.

A visit to the Kiama Seaside Markets on Sunday led by Nardia Guillaumier, of NEG Photography, was also a success.

Donations are being collected online at everydayhero.com.au/event/angelsatwork until the end of May.

Power of speech

Last Saturday, Wollongong registered nurse Barby Rewers placed third at the annual Toastmasters District 70 International Speech Contest in front of 400 people at Bankstown Sports Club including International Toastmasters president George Yen.

Ms Rewers was representing Toastmaster Southern Division Clubs and competed against nine other top public speakers chosen from more than 300 Toastmasters Clubs in NSW and the ACT.

Ms Rewers is a member of Keira Toastmasters.

Volunteers needed

The City of Wollongong Eisteddfod is in urgent need of volunteers for its 120th eisteddfod from May 31 to July 6 at IPAC. Publicity co-ordinator Lynne Sim said without more help there would be problems running the event this year. Further information on 4261 2989.

Computers donated

Lighthouse Community Computers used National Volunteers Week to provide free refurbished computers to five local neighbourhood centres in the Illawarra, part of its involvement in the Time Banking initiative.

Recruitment law

Wollongong law firm Kells is presenting a seminar on the latest developments in law relating to recruitment on Thursday at Wollongong Golf Club. The seminar, presented by David Potts, will help people to gain a better understanding of the legal side of recruitment.

Business ideas

Internationally-recognised business presenter Rob Salisbury is running a workshop on Wednesday at The Links Shell Cove called "Motivating Your Mind - Inspiring Your Spirit".

On Thursday at Shellharbour Council Chambers, he is delivering a presentation called "How to Out Think, Out Sell and Out Service Your Competition".

Francine Bishop is also giving a presentation on Social Media Marketing Made Easy.

Cardboard creation

KidsFest Shellharbour celebrations continue on Wednesday with the 2528 Projects' cardboard creations activity to build a community in Crew Park, King Street, Warilla.

Children build their ideal place to live from cardboard.

Repeat on cards

Comic Gong was such a huge success at the weekend with 4000 people flocking to Wollongong City Library, Wollongong Town Hall and Art Gallery, the organisers are already planning to do it again.

Bidding via SMS

JCI Illawarra is being innovative with its annual Tea By The Sea fund-raiser for the Cancer Council on Thursday at City Beach Function Centre.

Director Jesy Pinkerton said a silent auction had opened early this year to give people more time to bid.

It is as simple as sending an SMS to 0475 430 341, identifying a lot number, nominating a bid and leaving a name.

Birthday meeting

The ACS South Coast chapter's next free meeting at The Builders Club on May 27 will double as its 10th birthday celebration.

The topic is the future of IT-enabled innovation. Registrations to acs.org.au/nsw.

Charity golf day

The 2014 Legacy Charity Golf Day is planned for Friday, May 30 at the Grange Golf Club, Kembla Grange.

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