Samantha Quinney Takes Part in RACQs Careflight HUET Demonstration

Samantha QuinneyA couple of weeks ago, Lawyer Samantha Quinney who is also the President Elect of the Brisbane Airport Rotary Club, volunteered to take part in the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training demonstration at RACQ Careflight’s training centre at Aviation Australia.

Sam and a few other volunteers went through a pre-briefing involving the intended procedures, which were to include a simple submersion in the helicopter simulator, a submersion with a complete inversion of the simulator, and a submersion whilst blindfolded.

“The whole experience was extremely exhilarating and it was not until you are actually inside the helicopter, being submersed, holding your breath and then turning upside down, do you realise and appreciate the invaluable training provided by the RACQ Careflight team” said Sam.

“The procedure to open the door and get of your seat becomes an automatic process. I would certainly volunteer to do it again. I’m so proud that our Rotary club can support such a great cause.”

Slater & Gordon named the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team

As part of the Slater & Gordon Group we are very excited to share this fantastic news with you all, “Slater and Gordon join Australian Olympic Team as the Official Law Firm”.

This is very exciting for the entire Slater & Gordon Group which will see the long-term partnership support the Australian Olympic Team from Rio Olympics in 2016 through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Hayden Stephens, senior executive has said “We are a proud Australian company and welcome the opportunity to support Australian athletes from all backgrounds to compete and excel on the world stage.”

You can read more about this exciting partnership on the Australian Olympic Committee website.

Coast community bands together for good cause

Article written by Fresh PR & Marketing

More than 560 members of the Sunshine Coast community will once again come together for the annual Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch on Friday September 19, raising funds to purchase an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) for the Gastroenterology Service to help fight cancer in our local hospitals.

Guests will revel in an afternoon of entertainment and fundraising at the Caloundra Events Centre with popular television personalities Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta, leading Australian hairstylist Joh Bailey and one of Australian’s favourite sons, Rob Mills.

Rob first came to the nation’s attention more than a decade ago as a finalist on the first series of Australian Idol, but has since been a star of stage and screen with roles in Legally Blonde, Grease, Young Talent Time and also raising $40,000 for The Reach Foundation on Channel Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice.

In addition to the great entertainment, the Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch, sponsored by Coastline BMW amongst others, will see over 100 auction items go under the hammer and organising committee chairman Travis Schultz said guests have the opportunity to take home a wide variety of coveted auction items.

“Thanks to the Coast community’s generosity we last year raised over $150,000 in less than four hours,” Mr Schultz said.

“This year’s list includes everything from holiday packages, VIP seating at major events, artwork and advertising packages so our guests are sure to find something special they would like to bid on.”

Some of the major auction items going under the hammer on the day include an overseas holiday package valued at $20,000 donated by Go Transit, an Australian Open tennis package in the ANZ Marquee in Melbourne, 100 bottles of wine from Travis Schultz’s private cellar, BMW Drive Package on Phillip Island, a Joh Bailey Experience including lunch with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, bilateral laser eye surgery by Laser Sight, advertising packages from Hot 91.1, Zinc 96.1, Go Transit and the Sunshine Coast Daily, artworks by Raelean Hall, Miles Allen and Kendall and TV ad production by Sound Images.

Lisa Rowe, CEO of Wishlist said the Sunshine Coast community is always so generous not only in supporting the event on the day but when it came to donating auction items.

“The equipment purchased through this year’s funds will mean Sunshine Coast residents will no longer have to travel to Brisbane for an accurate diagnosis of the ‘staging’ of an illness related to pancreatic, biliary, oesophageal and rectal cancer patients,” Ms Rowe said.

“The event, which is so professionally organised by Travis and his committee, has consistently delivered amazing results, with each year’s fundraising efforts outdoing the last and making such a difference to the lives of the Sunshine Coast community.”

Last year’s event saw guests raise funds for the ongoing implementation of the diversional therapy program within Nambour Hospital’s children’s ward, bringing in Delta dogs, music therapists and yoga therapists to help brighten the day of kids spending time in hospital.

This year’s Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch has sold out months ahead of the event and aims to match the funds raised in previous years.

“We are looking forward to another great event and hope that the Sunshine Coast Community continues their generosity for such a worthy cause,” Mr Schultz said.
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Second Annual Wine Makers Masterclass

On Thursday 10th July, we held our Wine Makers Masterclass in support of SunnyKids. Our major sponsors for the day were Think Office Technology and glassware sponsors was Riedel. The event had close to 200 guests in attendance and 7 wine makers from Australia’s First Families of Wine. We were very privileged to be able to listen to some of Australia’s best Wine Makers including Mitchell Taylor of Taylors Wines, Ross Brown of Brown Brothers, Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s Wines, Darren DeBortoli of DeBortoli, Adrian Gett of McWilliams, Mark Baily of Howard Park Wines and Toby Porter of d’Arenberg. It was a great afternoon with a live auction and raffle. The event raised over $35,000 for SunnyKids. Thank you to everyone who attended on the day we hope you all had a fabulous time. More photos on our Facebook page ->

Wine Makers Masterclass

Sixth Annual Wine Symposium

On Friday 11th July, we held our sixth annual wine symposium at the Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast. We had 300 guests in attendance along with20 wine makers and or representatives showcasing their wines on the night. The event was a great success with many of our guests commenting on the exceptional quality of wines they tasted. A huge thank you to Mask Events, Ginger Blue, Mick Agars, Barry Alsoop, Sunshine Carriages, Bragg Signs, Perry’s Hire, and all staff involved the Innovation Centre. More photos can be found on our Facebook page Wine Symposium Album.

Wine Symposium 2014

Run Sunshine Coast 2014

What a great morning we had at Run Australia Sunshine Coast yesterday. Held at Kawana, the event had over 2,000 registrations and raised over $136,570 for the Wishlist Foundation to support child development on the Sunshine Coast. Our team had over 30 entrants in all three categories: 12km Run, 6km Run and 6km Walk. Well done to all involved and we look forward to participating again next year.

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Conquering the Hills

On the 22nd December, Travis Schultz, along with a number of other cycling enthusiasts participated in The Buderim 9 Challenge Ride. The ride is an annual 75km community cycling event covering nine hills around Buderim in 3 hrs. The challenge supports Queenslanders with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the ride:

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Wishlist Spring Gala Luncheon 2011

Over $100K raised for Wishlist

In an impressive display of generosity, 550 of the Sunshine Coast’s most high profile business people raised over $100K for a worthy cause with the support of Samantha Armytage, Damien Leith and a fully charged Justice Crew on Friday, September 16.

 The Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch which is supported by Coastline BMW, has become one of the Coast’s most glamorous and well-supported events.  Guests bid on over 100 auction items during the course of the afternoon to raise funds for the Sunshine Coast Koping (SCKoping) program.  The camps delivered by the program produce fantastic results for Sunshine Coast children who are affected by a parent or sibling who has a mental health or drug and alcohol condition.
Lisa Rowe, manager of Wishlist, was amazed at the generosity of those attending and believes the impact these camps have on children affected by these difficult situations should not be underestimated.
“We have kids saying these camps saved their lives when they find themselves in such desperate circumstances they have nowhere to turn.  The camps see children aged between 9 to 18 years enjoy a respite from situations which are often very confronting and all-consuming.  They provide a strong therapeutic component to help develop the children’s coping skills and resilience,” said Lisa.
Many believed last year’s appearance of Jennifer Hawkins at the event could not be trumped but the combination of Justice Crew’s awe-inspiring performance and the incredible set by Damien Leith, the committee appeared to achieve just that.
“We had so many guests commenting that this was the best year we’ve had, so the pressure is already on for next year!  Thankfully we have a group of creative and dedicated people led by the fantastic chair of the organising committee, Travis Schultz who are already thinking about 2012,” said Lisa Rowe, Manager of Wishlist.
The lunch was hosted by Samantha Armytage and local radio jock, Todd Widdicombe and this year’s Fashions on the Field saw an impressive display of the Coast’s most stylish.  The best dressed awards were presented to Cath Brown and James Curnow who each took home an impressive T.W. Steel watch valued at over $850 and kindly donated by Oro Diamonds and Gold.
Major auction items included a full wrap on a Sunshine Coast bus for four months donated by Go Transit which raised $11,500, the Hot 91.1 and Zinc 96.1 advertising package which went for $9,250, the exclusive Barossa and Eden Valley Premium Wine Tasting Experience donated by Think Office Equipment which went for $8,000 and the 102 bottles of wine from Travis Schultz’s personal cellar which raised $7,500.

Quest 100 Charity Ride – 2011

The inaugural Quest 100 Charity Ride was held over the weekend of the 18 and 19 June 2011 and was the brainchild of Michael Callow, Partner at Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers.

The idea started to take shape late in 2010 when Rick Chapman (Go Transit) and Michael participated in the Gympie to Maroochydore leg of a charity ride that stretched from Cairns to Sydney. Scott Gilbertson (who joined us on our ride) and David Bonne raised over $200,000 by cycling 3,000km in 30 days for C2C for Kids.
This experience inspired Michael to do something on a smaller scale and with the help of Travis Schultz, Michael Shadforth, Rick Chapman and Mark O’Neil the Quest 100 Charity Ride was born. The boys gained the support of Quest Community Newspapers, Go Transit, Qld Advertising, Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers, Poole’s Insurance Brokers, Pro Cycles and Garry Crick Auto who helped make the idea become a reality.
In what was an incredible effort, the riders (a group of 38 men and one woman) raised in excess of $50,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Qld.
The ride stared from Tanawha Convenience and headed for Noosa via Chevallum, Palmwoods, Woombye, Nambour, Cooroy and Pomona. They returned to Tanawha the following day via the David Low Way and clocked up approximately 170km over the weekend.
Michael Callow said  “This is an outstanding result. Our original target was $20,000 as this is the first year we have run the event, but the community has really supported us and helped us to reach $50,000. We are so pleased to be able to raise funds to help such a worthwhile charity”.
The weekend proved to be a great start to what will now become an annual event.  Next years ride is planned for the weekend of 16th & 17th June 2012.