Cham­pion of char­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

NED­LANDS not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA has won the 2016 Tel­stra WA Char­ity Award.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was es­tab­lished in 1976, won the award at the 2016 Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards held at Crown on Fri­day night.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Barker said win­ning the award “felt ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic” and was “very hum­bling”.

“Any one of the four char­i­ties who were fi­nal­ists could have won,” he said

“It’s won­der­ful for par­ents of kids who have cys­tic fi­bro­sis to have aware­ness and recog­ni­tion of this kind.”

Mr Barker said he hoped the award would lead to more fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We are seek­ing pri­vate part­ners at the mo­ment, so we hope this will be a boost for aware­ness and fundrais­ing into re­search for cys­tic fi­bro­sis,” he said.

The awards, which are in their 24th year, cel­e­brate the achieve­ments and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit of Aus­tralia’s small and medium busi­nesses.

Su­bi­aco-based Peo­pleSense won the 2016 Tel­stra WA Small Busi­ness Award and went on to win the 2016 Tel­stra WA Busi­ness of the Year.

Peo­pleSense is a psy­cho­log­i­cal con­sul­tancy pro­vid­ing in­jury man­age­ment and preven­tion, as well as em­ployee as­sis­tance pro­grams.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Anya Stephens said the ob­jec­tive of the busi­ness was to get em­ploy­ees back to work in the best con­di­tions.

“Our driver is to en­sure that the pop­u­la­tion of Aus­tralia can have ac­cess to the high­est qual­ity treat­ment to im­prove their func­tion­al­ity and em­ploy­ment out­comes,” she said.

Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards Am­bas­sador Andy El­lis said the win­ners of the awards demon­strated in­no­va­tion, com­pet­i­tive­ness and strong fi­nan­cial per­for­mance.

“The win­ners of the 2016 Tel­stra WA Busi­ness Awards are bril­liant busi­nesses who in­no­vate, push bound­aries and in­spire oth­ers. They are cel­e­brated for be­ing bold and dis­rup­tive. They are of­ten at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy, and are al­ways look­ing for new ideas and ways of do­ing things,” he said.

“Peo­pleSense is a very im­pres­sive com­pany with a strong busi­ness model with good growth po­ten­tial.”

Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Barker ac­cept­ing the WA Char­ity Award.

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