Article written by Michael Hughes Foundation
Extract: MHF Life, 2nd Edition, 2019
Publishing Partner: Access News
The Michael Hughes Foundation was awarded Excellence in Social Enterprises at the 2019 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13, 2019.
This is the second time the Foundation has taken out the award, first winning in 2018 to recognise the hard work and dedication of all Directors, Executive Team, Patrons, Ambassadors and Volunteers.
We are proud of this achievement as we have grown to a medium sized organisation in only 5 years, working first and foremost in Parramatta and Western Sydney. Further this award recognises our high standards of corporate governance, administration and financial management by our community leaders.
In comparison to other organisations, our Foundation is still considered small and localised, but our growth and successes to date represent the credibility of our team, our understanding of the health issue, our community collaborations and a passion to affect positive change.
Cardiac arrest affects over 30,000 Australians every year and of that number, less than 9% will survive. There are many individuals and organisations working on this issue and there are many challenges around recognising cardiac arrest; confidence of individuals to respond; use, maintenance and mapping of defibrillators; and most importantly how we activate the community to respond when events occur.
There is no easy fix or solutions to this issue. By staying local and working with a primary purpose to make Parramatta and Western Sydney Heart safe Communities, we are making tangible contributions being recognised throughout New South Wales and Australia.
The Michael Hughes Foundation further won the Excellence in Social Enterprise award at the NSW Chamber Awards in November 2019 (now Business Australia).