Todd Winther of Youngcare
GNK Foundation helping others to help free young people stuck in nursing homes
“Anthony opened our eyes to the struggle of young Australians to find the right place to call home.” -- Fayad-Lee Fayad
“We want you to be advocates to tell the story …” Anthony Ryan, CEO of Youngcare
Sydney - M E Times Int'l: Media celebrities Karl Stefanovic and Sylvia Jeffreys hosted the George Naim Khattar Foundation’s charity Gala Dinner recently held at Le Montage in support of the GNK Foundation to help raise funds for their favourite charity, Youngcare, for whom they are both passionate Ambassadors. Entertainer Ricki-Lee Coulter performed at the gala.
EACH year the Board of the George Naim Khattar Foundation select a charity or community project that will change lives with the injection of much needed funds. In 2018, the GNK Foundation will proudly support Youngcare’s High Care Grants Programme.
Fayad Fayad, President of the GNK Foundation
Youngcare recognises that too many young Australians with high care needs are being left behind; living in institutionalized housing like aged care and hospital rooms. It is an issue that spans the corners of the country and yet is so close to home. 28,000 young people are seeking a suitable place to call "home".
The GNK Foundation aims to raise vital funds for Youngcare’s High Care Grants program to assist in providing suitable housing and grants to ensure all young people with high care needs can remain at home with their loved ones or transition into their very own home.
Anthony Ryan, CEO of Youngcare
A glittering black tie event, the GNK Foundation Gala is renowned for bringing together Sydney’s business and community leaders who pay tribute to the humanitarian spirit of George Naim Khattar, former director of Dyldam. The Gala is proudly sponsored by event partner BETTA Home Living and foundation partner Arab Bank Australia and foundation sponsors Nader Jewellers, Dyldam and James Estate Wines. Corporate table sponsors were Beijing Capital Land, C&A Surveyors, Merc Capital, Micorp Holdings, Ocean Point Properties, Preston Hire, Property Investors Alliance and Servcorp.
Fr. Superior Louis Ferkh, Joe Khattar AM, Heather and Philip Ruddock
In attendance were many notable people including Fayad-Lee Fayad, Board of Directors. His Excellency Charbel Macaron, Consul General of Lebanon Republic, and Mrs Macaron, The Honourable John Ajaka, President of the Legislative Council of NSW, Ms. Julia Finn MP, representing the Honourable Luke Foley MP, Leader of the Opposition in NSW, Monsignor Marcellino Youssef,, representing His Eminence, Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay, Doctor Geoffrey Lee MP, member for the seat of Parramatta, The Honourable Phillip Ruddock, Special Envoy for Human Rights, and the Mayor of Hornsby Council, The Honourable Kerry Chickarovski,, NSW Youngcare Ambassador, Mr Tony Gleeson, representing Mr Trevor Evans MP, Federal Member for Brisbane, Mr Michael Rizk, representing his eminence Bishop Robert Rabbat, Father Superior Louis Ferkh, of St Charbel Monastery and College, Joseph Rizk, CEO of Arab Bank Australia, Brother Patrick Howlett, Father Antoine Tohme and Mr Anthon Ryan, CEO of Youngcare.
Fayad Fayad, President of the GNK,
Joe Rizk CEO of Arab Bank Australia and Karl Stefanovic
Fayad-Lee Fayad spoke at the gala pointing out that every year, the board of the GNK Foundation faces the daunting task of selecting one of Australia’s 54,000 registered charities, to become the recipient of the next, Gala fundraising efforts. The GNK Foundation has so far contributed, one million, two hundred and eighty five thousand dollars. Youngcare deserves all our support as, the 2018 beneficiary of the Welcome Home Gala. Anthony Ryan, CEO of Youngcare Australia struck a nerve with the Board and what he was describing is exactly something George Naim Khattar believed in. A big thank you was given to all companies and individuals who have donated items to tonight’s silent and live auctions.
Like many other members of the community, we were unaware of the plight of young Australians with high care needs. If serious illness or traumatic injury befalls you, the doctors will not release you from hospital, to return to your family home, unless it has been improved for high care needs. So in most cases forcing young individuals to find a place in a nursing home.
Joe Khattar AM, HE Charbel Macaron and Mrs Joelle Macaron
Anthony opened our eyes to the struggle of young Australians to find the right place to call home. We have the opportunity to free some of these young people from nursing homes, where the average age is 82 years. To give them the chance to live with dignity; either back at home or in specialised independent living.
Fayad thanked Mr Joe Khattar, for his years of dedication as President of the GNK Foundation for his unrivalled dedication that has positioned the foundation at the forefront of giving.
Mr Anthony Ryan said: "Around about 200 families have been impacted by physical injuries or conditions such as cerebral palsy. I think the best way to talk about this and I have said this once before a conversation with channel 9 it is really important to me.
Celebrities including Karl Stefanovic and Sylvia Jeffreys
Tonight you are able to allow young people to stay in their own homes, to stay in their suburbs, to stay in their mum’s and dad’s; that is absolutely adherent to their needs as an individual that wants to have choice. Tonight please be generous.
We are currently -- and I hope you understand this about a system in Australia -- at breaking point. We want you to be advocates to tell the story that there are young people in nursing homes in your suburbs that need to get out."
Heath Fayad, Joe Khattar, Leo Fayad
Karl Stefanovic with Joe Rizk and sons
Sylvia Jeffreys (centre), Karl Stefanovic and guests
Remon Fayad, Elie Maroun, Tony Azar, Johnny Hawi
Sylvia Jeffreys (centre), Bernadette Moussa and Lauren Pethybridge