Who We Work With
- In memory of Katrina’s contribution as a senior Health and Safety manager with this national organisation, Visy in 2013 introduced the annual Katrina Wakeling Safety Awards to enshrine in company culture the legacy she left behind to improve safety standards in the workplace from the base upwards.
The Katrina Sparkle Fund committee would like to acknowledge this honour and thank senior management for their commitment to, and support of, this wonderful Award which keeps Katrina very much alive in our hearts and minds as a true leader in her professional career.
- The magnificent ‘School on the Hill’ in Kew where Katrina spent four very happy and inspiring years culminating in her being awarded the Premier’s Prize for Physical Education.
The Katrina’s Sparkle Fund continues to make a grant annually to the recipient of the Katrina Wakeling Physical Education Award.
We also are indebted to the School Council for its decision to confer the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumnae Award (posthumous) on Katrina who now joins a list of remarkable women whose careers and accomplishments serve as an inspiration to all the girls currently attending ‘Gen’.
- The Community Bubs Program supports families to ensure babies thrive and develop in a safe and supportive environment. The Community Bubs Program provides intensive outreach to individuals from their final trimester to the child one year of age, as well as enhancing community development with community houses and community education. The partnership that has been developed with Ksafekids will enhance our goal. By educating and empowering parents with the knowledge of Basic First Aid we are creating change, connecting communities and ensuring that children and infants are developing safely in a supportive environment.
- Katrina was a hard working member of the Peninsula Relay For Life committee in 2008 since which time ‘Team Katrina’ has been entered every year in the City of Casey Relay For Life event – the largest and most successful in Victoria.
Whilst the KSparkle committee is proud to have raised in excess of $35,000 for the Cancer Council, we are even more thrilled to have brought together hundreds of supporters at each event and sustained an annual Research Grant in Katrina’s name through the fund raising efforts of our team.
- Inspired by the work of John Wood (‘Leaving Microsoft To Change The World”), the KSparkle Fund is committed to helping this global not for profit organisation in its amazing journey to ensure that every child in the developing world has the opportunity to learn to read and attend school.
An annual Film Night is held on 9. August (the day between the birthdays of Katrina and her son Lewis) to raise funds which are directed to assist the plight of children in Nepal. Also supporters of KSparkle undertook a trek to Mt Kilimanjarro in 2014 that helped raise $15,000 for similarly damaged and underprivileged children in Tanzania.
- Katrina was born at the St John of God Hospital in Berwick and it was with genuine delight and pride that the KSparkle Fund was invited to donate the funds in excess of $11,000 for a magnificent Fish Tank bearing her name that has become a centre piece in the main Reception area of the new Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the town.
The Katrina Sparkle Fund will continue to fund raise for the Hospital by holding further events in the future.