Hills District Independent JUNE 2017 #24 - Page 5

local life Warren Mundine inspires next generation of Hills leaders Young leaders from Hawkesbury and The Hills were left inspired meeting highly respected and influential businessman and Indigenous advocate, Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO, as part of the first 2017 Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme mentoring dinner last month. Mr Mundine met with the Year 12 students at The Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill where he shared valuable lessons and stories from his life and career. Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet, who coordinates the Programme, said it was fantastic to have role models like Mr Mundine taking the time to speak to and mentor student leaders. “Successful leaders in our community can do so much to inspire our young people, and I know that meeting Warren and hearing what he had to say will make a lasting impression on the students,” Mr Perrottet said. Gilroy Catholic College student Sienna Archer said the night was a fantastic opportunity to be able to hear from and ask Mr Mundine questions. “He had an incredibly insightful message into what it means to be a leader,” Miss Archer said. “It’s amazing how someone who is so busy and has achieved so much can be so humble and I’m grateful he took the time to come speak to us.” Mr Perrottet committed to running the Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme in 2017 following the success of last year’s Programme. The pr ogram provides opportunities for high school students to develop strong leadership skills through a series of mentoring events with Australian leaders, culminating in a week-long service project as an alternative to ‘Schoolies Week’. This year, students in the program will travel to Uluru-Ayers Rock to do service work and learn alongside students and staff at Nyangatjatjara College. The next mentoring event in the program will feature Suncorp CEO and former managing director of Microsoft, Pip Marlow. parkrun turns 2! Leadership Programme participants representing the Hills with Dominic Perrottet, MP and Warren Mundine, AO. The volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun and have been instrumental in it’s success at The Ponds. Photo: Kathryn Johnston Every week – rain, hail or shine – bring kids into. Many families also run dedicated residents and visitors to the together.” area turn up to parkrun at The Ponds, Rio and Jun have seen the ready to get healthy and fit. difference in people since the very first On Saturday May 27, The Ponds parkrun. parkrun celebrated their second “The Ponds parkrun has changed birthday and a successful two years the lives of so many parkrunners, with 400 runners turning up to pound joggers or walkers. It has changed how the pavement. they start the weekend focused on Started in 2015 by Rio and Jun fitness, as individuals or with family or Lambino of Stanhope Gardens, The friends,” Rio said. Ponds parkrun began with over 200 “Babies in prams being pushed by runners. The highest number of mum or dad, dogs with their humans, runners turned up in January this families, ultra-marathoners, beginners, year with 546 runners taking to the people of all ages…. it’s fair to say we five kilometre track that winds its way get a broad range of ages and skill! around the parklands behind the Ponds “But most of all, I can say that Community Hub on Riverbank Drive. parkrun has successfully created a Rio stresses that none of this would fantastic community spirit at The be possible without the volunteers who Ponds.” turn up week in and week out to make Happy Birthday from the Hills the event run smoothly and keep keen District Independent!! runners coming back each week. “The volunteers are the lifeblood For more information, go to of parkrun. We awarded the three top www.parkrun.com.au/theponds. volunteers with free car batteries from our sponsor SuperCharge Batteries and ran a raffle for our volunteer group,” Rio said. “We’ve had more than 70 people volunteer since our first birthday! “We often have families volunteering as part of their weekend family activities. It’s a great environment to And they’re off! Photo: Kathryn Johnston 0 $6 ire E r h V SA ou ff y o te r c En S0 : H e od 7 51 at bo WHY HIRE AN EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHER? alid . V orm g f in ok /17 /12 t 1 o 3 Hire professional cameras Easy to use and quality photos Delivery and pickup services to your event Weddings, engagements, parties FUN, INTERACTIVE & AFFORDABLE 0478 777 111 www.diyphotographer.com.au Franchises available THE hills INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au ISSUE 24 // JUNE 2017 5