Second WSABE Win for MHF

Second WSABE Win for MHF

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).

The Whittley Club of NSW Inc obtained a defibrillator through NSW Office of Sport grant program.  The assistance I received from Julie and the organisation was fantastic!  MHF helped guide me through the necessary paperwork and provided our members with thorough training in the use of the equipment.

- Narelle Baglin, Treasurer, Whittley Club NSW Inc.

Our CPR refresher course was great, and Kevin is just awesome! I don’t think we would want anyone else but Kevin from now on, we feel spoilt!

- Baber Rasheed, Community First Step, Fairfield

I just completed my HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course. It was the best first aid training I have ever done. Charnan is a fantastic trainer with such a wealth of experience.

- Karen Hope, General Manager People, Culture and Youth Programs, PCYC NSW

Since 2016, Stellar Learning has used Michael Hughes Foundation for all our first aid training. Our trainer Kevin is amazing… Not only does he do First Aid courses, he is a paramedic and very hands on. Kevin explains things in an easy manner and helps everyone throughout the course. I would recommend him and the Foundation to any business wanting to host a first aid course.

- Liv Taylor, Stellar Learning Group

Thank you MHF! Your first aid and CPR training were fantastic. We love your presenters because they always make the training so interesting for our staff by sharing real life knowledge and experience. Keep up the great work.

- Michelle Hanley, Risk Manager & State Member Protection Officer, Football NSW

The impact on each parent that has attended this course is immeasurable. The participants now have the skills to be able to stay calm and administer First Aid if faced with an emergency. This training has also enabled the participants to update skills for work or to help secure employment.

- Catherine Gregory, Hilltop Road Public School
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