From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow, and there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.
The added stress placed on dads and their families during this time is almost impossible for others to comprehend.The birth of a premature or sick newborn is an overwhelming and traumatic experience for families. Their lives are personally changed and significantly influenced by their experience.In times like these a family needs support.
There is a substantial range of help services available to mothers but only limited services for dads. Those affected by these traumatic events equate to about 5% of fathers in the Australia every year. (Based on 2007 ABS Statistics). The role and expectations for a father during this time are entirely different from those of a mother. Fathers go through the same experience as their wives yet there is little recognition that there needs to be help and support provided for men, and most men will never ask for it. A father does not have much time to himself and every dad deals with this type of situation differently when his world has been turned upside down.That’s where Pillars of Strength can help.
Our organisation stems from the experiences of one dad who lost his infant son and decided to put in place support-mechanisms for dads where previously nothing had existed. Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance in-hospital for dads throughout these periods of intense distress.
It’s worth noting the provision of Pillars of Strength services is not intended to be a counselling service, rather a peer support service and provision of respite and assistance.
Gary is currently the General Manager of a charity addressing unmet social need in the community. He has been a consumer representative to the NSW Health Neonatal subcommittee and has worked in the corporate and not for profit environment for the last 20 years in the areas of marketing, operations and management. His previous work experience also includes working on Olympic Games and a FIFA World Cup. He is a bereaved dad, who lost his son after two days in the NICU.
Daniel is an investor of small and medium-sized companies. His company Hanro specialises in growing businesses in the sectors sport, entertainment, and leisure. His primary investments are the 16 year old Red Leaf, a global learning and development company that uses adventure simulations, and the start up Pistol Shrimp, a video culture training company. He manages the business affairs of sports players and coaches, and is a coach of junior netball and basketball. He has worked extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia. Dan is a brother-in-law to a bereaved dad.
Adam Awty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Institute of Victoria. Adam is an experienced membership association and not-for-profit executive who has extensive leadership, finance and company secretariat experience and serves on a number of Boards and Audit Committees. He has held a number of senior roles at CPA Australia including interim Chief Executive. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Certified Practising Accountant. He is a bereaved dad, who lost his daughter at just under twenty weeks gestation
Scott is a partner at PwC specialising in providing assurance and advisory services to clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He is also People & Operations Leader for a business unit of 200 professionals. Scott also served as Chairman and Treasurer of ICAEW Sydney Inc, a group established to provide relevant networking opportunities for members of the institute in NSW. He is the best mate of a bereaved dad.
Scott has 27 years experience in the property development and construction industries – providing design, project management and advisory services to both Private and Public sector clients.
Scott has worked for national and international management firms, project home builders and real estate developers. This experience provided the grounding for his current role as Principal of Lennon Project Management since 2014.
He focuses on structure, collaboration, shared-benefits and continual improvement. Scott is also a close friend to a bereaved dad.
Julia has more than 30 years experience in commercial and not-for profit fields, working independently and with leading Australian and international organisations.
She has worked in large and small organisations through leadership of teams across many disciplines and industries, including: healthcare; non-profit; sports; construction; telecommunications; distribution; financial services and the defence sector.
Julia was Director of Systems and Programmes & CIO at Cable and Wireless Optus and a Non-Executive Director of Medibank Private. She has worked across Australia and NZ, Asia, UK, Europe and the USA. Julia is a bereaved mum and had another child in the NICU.
A big thanks to all of our donors and valuable supporters who have assisted us with our Time Out and In Hospital Support programs.
We’d love to have the opportunity to thank you as well in the very near future! If you would like to discuss any ways you can help or contribute to the progress of Pillars of Strength we would be delighted to hear from you.
PO Box 93
Ryde NSW 1680
ABN: 19 152 298 934 | CFN: 22064
Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance for dads throughout these periods of intense distress.
Pillars of Strength aims to provide funding and other support to reduce immediate stressors by helping to meet day to day expenses for families during times of their child’s severe illness or even loss of life during prolonged hospitalisation.
From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow.And there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.
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