Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Denise S. Cahill - editor

THE long list of in­di­vid­u­als, foun­da­tions and com­pa­nies that have helped fund and sup­port Youth Fo­cus over the past 21 years reads like a fam­ily. There’s the fam­ily of WA Gover­nors, in­clud­ing Ken Michael, Mal­colm McCusker and Kerry San­der­son; Terry Evans, the brother of chief ex­ec­u­tive Jenny Allen and Chiu Chi and Mei Wen from the Hawai­ian group who spon­sor the an­nual Ride for Youth. Then there’s the fam­ily of schools such as Methodist and Pres­by­te­rian ladies’ col­leges and Perth Mod­ern School that shared their mu­si­cal tal­ent to help the non-profit celebrate its 21st birth­day last week. Then Brooke Chap­man en­gaged the au­di­ence with her story of how Youth Fo­cus helped her through dark times in her life. When she had a brain tu­mour re­moved, it was Youth Fo­cus co-founder Peter Fitz­patrick by her side of­fer­ing words of sup­port as well as other mem­bers of the non-profit’s fam­ily. Although there were 250 at the 21st birth­day, they were all part of the Youth Fo­cus fam­ily in some way.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.