Lauren Parker is an accomplished swimmer, surf lifesaver and triathlete. In April 2017 Lauren was training for the Ironman Australia Triathlon when a freak accident occurred – both tyres on her bike blew. Lauren suffered horrific injuries.
On April 7, 2018 – less than a year later, she did the unthinkable, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal in the women's para-triathlon on the Gold Coast.
Edward is an executive and a significant leader within the Australian automotive industry. He has worked with more than 16 automotive manufacturers in senior leadership roles leading automotive retail dealerships and dealer groups across Australia.
Edward is currently the divisional head for the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Division of AP Eagers Ltd. the second largest automotive public company in Australia. His passion is organisational vision and strategy, leading and implementing change, family to public company business transition, people development and has a keen interest in digital technologies.
For more than 21-years, the Chief Executive Officer of Westpac Rescure Helicopter Service, Richard Jones OAM has established himself as one of the most valued members of the Northern NSW community. Richard is highly regarded for his outstanding leadership and skills, helping make it possible to build the service into one of the most reputable and respected emergency service networks in Australia.
At the helm of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services, Richard has overseen many significant changes that have included several major upgrades to helicopter technology, the establishment of a permanent base at Tamworth to compliment that at Newcastle and catastrophic damage to the Newcastle base during major storms in 2007.
Richard is one of the most recognised and respected citizens in the region. His equally sincere appreciation of a major financial corporate partnership and a small donation from a child is testimony to his understanding of the community in which he lives and works.
DARA's Van friends: Gary and Donna
DARA's Van provides hospitality and friendship to the marginalised in our community - the homeless, socially isolated, financially stressed and all who are vulnerable.
Two of our valued friends, Gary and Donna, from the Nelson Bay site will discuss the importance of DARA's Van and Orange Sky Laundry Services to the context of their lives. The friendship provided by volunteers has been an important anchor in their lives.