Hi there, it’s Garry Conner, father of 4 and retired CEO of Kilsyth Basketball. My role as father and husband is special to me as was my role of CEO which involved ensuring that around 1,100 Domestic Basketball teams get to play basketball each week. In doing the math, that’s approximately 5,000 children, 3,000 adults participating in this great sport or more than 5,000 families connected to our Association.
Over the past 12 months I was presented with some significant statistics around how many families fall victim to “family violence”, which quite frankly horrified me. It is with this in mind that I have signed up to support the great not-for-profit organisation Windermere in their passionate cause to “End Family Violence”.
So, in my true style, I have jumped in to get totally involved to both raise awareness and much needed funds for what could easily be for the benefit of some or many of the families within my community.
This commitment has me embarking on a significant personal journey. That being to raise a minimum of $3,000 as my fundraising goal directly to support the “End of Family Violence” which is specifically aligned to me trekking, what is thought to be the most difficult trek in the world, Kokoda Track in October 2018. The track is 96 kilometers of mountainous jungle of Papua New Guinea’s most remote regions.
“Wow” was my first thought and now I am thinking how my daily routine will indeed be stretched to not only get Kokoda fit but to carefully connect with my wonderful and generous family, friends and connections to support my fundraising goal.
Apart from personally paying the travel costs of this incredible adventure, I have kicked off my “fund raising” with my own contribution of $100. It would indeed be amazing if you too could generously contribute to help inspire me.
Your funds can help ensure children and families are safe from violence.
Thank you so much.