I was delighted on Saturday night to attending the Windgap Foundation "Diamonds Are Forever" Gala Ball to celebrate their 60th year. Held at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel the evening was an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the wonderful services Windgap has been providing to people in the Eastern Suburbs with intellectual disabilities.
As the Windgap Foundation itself describes "....it is a not for profit organisation, providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, including supported employment, supported accommodation, training, community access and community participation. Celebrating its 60th year of operation, Windgap has established an outstanding reputation as a quality disability service provider in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and prides itself on its values of ‘caring, integrity, independence, innovation and empowerment’. It is Windgap’s mission to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities by supporting them in reaching their full potential and raising community awareness as to their needs and aspirations.”
The ball had the fabulous support of so many people in the community but I particularly wish to thank the generosity of Botany Bay City Council represented by Mayor Ben Keneally and Mayoress Hon. Kristina Keneally and councillors, Randwick City Council represented by Mayor Tony Bowen and Mayoress Kate Smith and councillors. Both councils have been tremendous supporters of Windgap since its inception. In fact Mayor Tony Bowen's father, the late Hon. Lionel Bowen was instramental in Windgap's establishment 60 years ago.
I extend my warmest congratulations on this special birthday to the many clients and their families who access services provided by Windgap and to CEO, Mr Serhat Oguz, and his staff my sincere thanks for the important contribution you make to our community.