Cancer Council of Victoria

‘Team Katrina’ has raised nearly $60,000 to date in the Relay for Life events held at Akoonah Park, Berwick. This has enabled The Katrina Wakeling Research Award into the causes of Ovarian Cancer to now be well established and continued in Katrina’s name. ‘Team Katrina’ is now registered for the 2018 event on the 02nd/03rd March. Please support this worthy cause by registering with our team or making a donation. Visit www.relayforlife.org.au and go to ‘Casey relay for life’ to locate ‘Team Katrina’.

Youth Mental Health

* A grant was provided to enable two local school teachers to attend an ‘ASSIST‘ workshop. The workshop focuses on helping educate adults on some of the challenges they face, when tackling these issues, and also providesinsight into programs that are available which can assist with, and help teenagers who are battling mental health issues. The ‘ASSIST‘ program is run by Windermere Child and Family Services.

K’Sparkle was also able to help St Francis Xavier College in Beaconsfield with a grant to meet some of the costs associated with holding a ‘Fun Day’ for staff and students following the tragic and unexpected loss of one of their students.

Room To Read

We are continuing to support the amazing work of ‘Room to Read’ – having provided funds for the building of a library in Nepal and for the support of 10 years of education for two girls in nepal the funds from 2013 film night are committed to the K’Sparkle efforts in Tanzania.

Genazzano fcj College

Katrina’s success in receiving the Premier’s award for Physical Education as a year 12 student continues to be recognised in the school honouring her memory with the annual Katrina Wakeling (Hastings) Physical Education prize to a final year student who excels in this subject.

Visy Health and Safety Awards 

As an integral part of the company’s national safety week in early October, Visy Chief Operating Officer John Wheeler recently announced the three winners of the ‘Katrina Wakeling Health and Safety Awards’ created in honour of Katrina’s contribution to workplace Health and Safety practices and policies when she was an employee of the company. ‘Speaking up for Safe Production’ is the message behind the awards which are now embedded in company policy due largely to the initiatives and dedication shown by Katrina in her role as National Health and Safety Manager.

Ian Harmer, Visy General Manager Advisory Services HSE & ER said: ‘The HSE Leader Awards have been created in honour of Katrina Wakeling. .. she was a leader within the HSE space and was driven to making a difference at Visy. Her beliefs and strategies around HSE culture, teams, leadership and the importance of people set her apart and were the foundations of her success as a HSE professional. …through these awards, Visy aims to encourage staff to contribute to improving site safety and environmental performance by speaking up to identify and raise issues in the workplace.’