Horse­power of a dif­fer­ent kind to pro­mote polo

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Denise S. Cahill

THERE was no wip­ing the smile off Steve Mum­mery’s face last week as he drove a brand-new Bent­ley con­vert­ible GTC V8 S through Kings Park talk­ing about this year’s Polo in the Val­ley.

The Telethon chief ex­ec­u­tive said it was the first – and pos­si­bly last – time he would drive a $600,000 car.

“It feels mag­nif­i­cent… you can feel the rum­ble of the V8 with the roof down and I’m just dy­ing to plant my foot,” Mr Mum­mery said.

Bent­ley is the new nam­ing rights

spon­sor of the 2017 Polo in the Val­ley, ini­ti­ated by the Pren­diville fam­ily, which has raised more than $700,000 for Telethon and Youth Fo­cus over the past seven years.

Mr Mum­mery, of West Leed­erville, said the money was dis­trib­uted be­tween Youth Fo­cus and more than 40 char­i­ties un­der Telethon.

“Most im­por­tantly, it’s kept in WA,” he said.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Kalaf said money raised each year at Polo in the Val­ley made a huge dif­fer­ence to ther­apy ser­vices avail­able to 12- to 25-year-olds.

“But there’s more than just the fundrais­ing,” Ms Kalaf, of Mt Law­ley, said.

“What the Pren­divilles and the Polo in the Val­ley do is raise aware­ness.

“The Pren­divilles have a gen­uine fo­cus on youth and young peo­ple and recog­nise that the work we do makes a dif­fer­ence now and al­lows us to make in­ter­gen­er­a­tional change so we can cre­ate re­silient adults and par­ents for the fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d465630

Telethon Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Mum­mery and Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Kalaf.

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