9th May 2016- Photo's are available

Photo's from Avenir de l'espoir are NOW available for viewing at Click the Avenir de l'espoir link at the top of the page. Enjoy all the gorgeous photos.

29th April 2016- Avenir de l'espoir Event

On Behalf of The Shire Society Events Committee we would like to thank everyone who attended 2016 Avenir de l'espoir (future of hope) Charity Dinner for the Sydney Children's Hospital foundation.

 The evening was a great success with support of everyone in the room with our end result an amazing $206,000 which will buy two state of the art lighting systems with cameras for two operating theatres plus, two x high definition paediatric gastroscopes as well as camera and monitor for delicate ear operations.

 Dr Guy Henry, Paediatric Surgeon explained, “the heart of a newborn baby is the size of a 20 cent piece, so it's critical our surgeons have superior lighting when operating on such small and

delicate organs. The state-of-the-art lighting system will also help train and educate the next generation of paediatric surgeons about complex operations for babies and children.”

With help of everyone in the room we had 426 guests attending. Our special guests Manu from My Kitchen Rules was made very welcomed by all, I hope everyone got their selfie.

We also had Carl Reisley and his five piece band entertained us which saw many of you up and dancing to make a magical event.

Our fabulous MC's for the evening were Natarsha Belling from Chanel 10 and Ben Fordham from 2GB who entertained us all with their cheeky banter.
Exciting news for Mandy Neale from Probuild winning the Volkswagen Golf and Tony Nikitaras winning the Jayco Swift touring Camper.

Our evening would not have been as successful without the loyal Event sponsors, product sponsors and all attendees.

Probuild Construction, Sutherland Volkswagen, Forming Circles Global, Sydney Renderers & Painting, Sydney Jayco & Versatile, we would like to thank you and we look forward to your partnership for 2017.

 We would also like to mention all our Product prizes were 100% donated and we thank our wonderful product sponsors sincerely for their support. Especially our Diamond product sponsors- Whitesmiths, Hilton Global, LEVENDI & Tasting Venue.

 Photographs of  the evening will be available for viewing on May 8th at  

Once again we thank each and everyone of you. 

Event sponsors, Manu, Natarsha Belling and Committee. 

18th March 2016 - Versatile sign on as a Silver Event Sponsor

It is with great pleasure that we announce Versatile as a Silver Event Sponsor for the Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner on 29 April 2016. 
Absolute Tiling Solutions as a market leader is founded predominantly on their ability to provide superior tiling solutions at especially competitive prices without compromise in quality. With proven experience working in commercial, retail and corporate settings they will refabricate the client’s vision within their plans and budget, while retain the assurance of consistency, quality and safety. They can also assist in the design and costing of floor to ceiling space and provide services for the construction, redecoration, refit, renovation, and refurbishment of a commercial and corporate interior.  Each of their valued clients are assigned either a Project Manager and/or Job Site Manager who will control all supply and fixing tasks for the specific project at hand. Absolute Tiling Solutions know this contributes greatly to eliminate the risk of communication errors and/or mismanagement that can be associated with separate job contracts, importantly gives their clients ‘’peace of mind’’ needing only to deal with one party direct.   

We would like to thank Versatile for supporting our 2016 dinner.

11th March 2016 - Jayco Sydney donate a Camper Trailer worth over $20,000

It is with great pleasure we announce Jayco Sydney as a Gold Event Sponsor. Jayco have kindly donated 
a Swift Touring Camper Trailer, valued at $20,200.  The trailer will be raffled at our 2016 dinner on 29 April. Raffle tickets are now on sale for $100 each. Only 200 tickets to be sold! If you'd like to purchase a raffle ticket prior to the event please contact Katie at:

We would like to thank Jayco for their on going support. 


5th March 2016 - Our Special Guest for our 2016 dinner is celebrity chef Manu 

We are pleased to announce Manu Feildel will be attending the Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner on 29 April 2016.  Manu is one of the most popular personalities on Australian television as co-host of the long-running Channel 7 series My Kitchen Rules. Manu has been a feature on Australian television for over a decade. His appearances include Channel Ten’s Ready Steady Cook, The Circle, Sunrise, Channel7’s Morning Show, 9am with David & Kim and co-hosting the series Boys Weekend. In 2011 Manu won the 11th series of Dancing with the Stars showing he has an array of skills outside the kitchen as well. Thanks Manu for your support.

15th January 2016 - Sutherland Volkswagen donate a VW Golf worth over $26,000

Sutherland Volkswagen have donated a Volkswagen MY16 Golf 92TSI manual valued at $26,290. The vehicle will be raffled 
at our 2016 dinner on 29 April.  Raffle tickets are now on sale for $100 each. Only 300 tickets to be sold! If you'd like to purchase a raffle ticket prior to the event please contact Katie at:

We would like to thank Sutherland Volkswagen for their on going support. 


1st January 2016 - Advanced state-of-the-art lighting system to be purchased with funds raised at the 2016 Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner 

The Shire Society Events is aiming to raise $200,000 from the Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner on Friday 29 April 2016.  The money raised will purchase an advanced lighting system, with in built cameras, urgently required for two operating theatres. The heart of a newborn baby is the size of a 20 cent piece, so it's critical surgeons have superior lighting when operating on such small and delicate organs.  The Department of General Surgery at Randwick operates on over 530 sick or injured children each month.  The new state-of-the-art system improves lighting by giving the surgery team a compact, lighter system that is easy to manoeuvre for the best possible angle, and reduces shadows that exist with the current system.  Infection control is improved as the panel is easy-to-clean and sterilise, and ongoings costs are reduced as the lighting is twice as efficient as the current light source.  The new lighting system will help train and educate the next generation of paediatric surgeons about complex operations for babies and children.


11th December 2015 - Natasha Belling and Ben Fordham to MC our 2016 Avenir de l’espoir dinner

The Shire Society Events are pleased to announce Natasha Belling and Ben Fordham will co-host our 2016 Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner.

Natarsha Belling is a Channel 10 national newsreader and regularly appears on ’The Project’ and ’Studio 10'. This is the second time Natasha has hosted our dinner.

Ben Fordham is a radio and television personality.  He hosts Sydney Live at 2GB, Sydney's No. 1 rating radio station.  Ben had lengthy stints as a reporter with A Current Affair and the Today Show on the Nine Network


30th November 2015 - Natasha Belling and Dr Guy Henry sign on as Ambassadors

The Shire Society Events are privileged to announce Natarsha Belling and Dr Guy Henry as our very first Ambassadors.

Natarsha Belling is one of the most recognised and popular presenters on Australian Television.  After reading her first international news bulletin at just 21, Natarsha now has more than a decade of experience reporting and breaking some of the biggest international and national news stories. Her passion for news, her warmth and sincerity have seen Natarsha develop into one of the country’s most highly regarded newsreaders. Natarsha is now the face of Network Ten’s high rating Weekend News. Natarsha’s admirable talent and diversity have seen the National News Presenter step up her appearances on 'The Project' and ‘Studio 10’. Like her passion for journalism, Natarsha is also passionate about supporting those in need. As a mother of two young sons, Natarsha has stepped up her commitment to a number of prestigious charities.  Natarsha is also an ambassador for The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation.

Dr Guy Henry is a specialist Paediatric Surgeon who has been practicing in Sydney for over 10 years.  He is based at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick, and also consults and operates in the Sutherland Shire and on the lower North Shore.  Dr Henry operates at The Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick, Prince of Wales Private Hospital Randwick, Kareena Private Hospital Miranda and The Sutherland Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is heavily involved in the activities of the college having served on the NSW State Committee for 8 years. He is presently an Examiner in Paediatric Surgery. He is also a member of the Australian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, International Paediatric Endosurgery Group and the Australian Medical Association.


1st October 2015 - The Sydney Children’s Hospital purchases $135,000 Laser Machine with the money raised at the 2015 Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) charity dinner

The Shire Society Events are proud to announce the money raised at the  2015 Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner was used to purchase a $135,000 laser machine for the Vascular Birthmarks Clinic, at The Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.

The clinic is one of the leading multi-disciplinary teams in Australia for children with vascular malformations.  The dedicated team from this specialist clinic treat children with prominent and extensive vascular malformations, or birthmarks.  The treatment corrects or reduce these highly visible marks, which are usually on the face. Sadly, the children they look after are prone to frequent questioning and even bullying about their visible birthmarks. 

The Shire Society Events committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, supporters, guests and volunteers, without whom this would not have been possible.

7th September 2015
- Forming Circles Global have signed for 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce Forming Circles back as a Gold Sponsor for 2016. However, this year Forming Circle has changed and gone Global.  We would like to extend our congratulations to Renata Cooper, a visionary entrepreneur and angel investor creating opportunities for market disruptors. She is one of Australia’s foremost female angel investors helping transform innovative ideas into business realities.

FCG is a unique angel investment and mentoring organisation that predominantly invests in women-led technology startups. It is a strong advocate for the financial empowerment of women through sustained action such as education, collaboration, mentorship, grants and investments that support the growth of ideas, innovation and economic opportunities. 

Started by Renata Cooper, FCG is funded by the Forming Circles Fund, which encourages entrepreneurship and economic growth through intuitive investments in startups, small businesses and communities. FCG is focused on building The Founders Circle of entrepreneurs through meaningful collaborations that helps companies in their endeavour to achieve successful exits.

The organisation also supports social enterprises in finding new solutions to social, environmental and economic problems globally.

We would like to thank Renata once again for her on going support. 

Click the image to go to the Forming Circles Website

10th July 2015 - Levendi Jewellery sign on as our Jewellery Sponsor for a second year 

The Australian Diamond Guild Award winning jeweller Levendi are donating up to $10,000 in jewellery for the 2016 Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) dinner.  

Established in 1967, Levendi Jewellers is an internationally renowned, multi-award winning, family owned and operated business. The family’s ongoing dedication, skill and determination to create the finest jewellery has earned the Levendi brand a global reputation.

Thanks Mike Levendi for your generous donation and ongoing support.

Click the image to go to Levendi's Website

8th June 2015 - Katie Potocki presents $165,000 to Scotty Cam live at the Channel 9 Gold Telethon

The 6th annual Gold Telethon was broadcast live on Channel Nine today.  It was a spectacular success, raising over $5 million for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The all-day event saw a host of well-known faces take to the phones to answer calls from the people of NSW and beyond as they made donations to help the sick and injured children treated at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Katie Potocki (our founder) and her son Axel were invited by the Hospital and Channel Nine to attend the Telethon and be interviewed during the live Telethon broadcast.  Katie presented a $165,000 cheque from the funds raised at our 2015 dinner.  Scotty Cam received the cheque on behalf of the Hospital and interviewed Katie and Axel.  Over 763,000 television viewers watched the broadcast. 

th June 2015 - Sponsors Visit at the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. 

Friday saw us at the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick with our event sponsors and product sponsors. We did a tour of the hospital visiting ICU, Emergency,Oncology along with a visit into the Dermatology department where our new Laser Machine will be placed. HUGE thank you to all our Sponsors and Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation staff that have dedicated their time in helping us throughout the year.

The day was a superb way to highlight the need at the Hospital.
We unfortunately had one SSE members missing due to a death in the family and she was missed.

2 June 2015 - Sutherland Volkswagen and Sydney Renderers & Painters have signed for 2016

Sutherland Volkswagen have re-signed as an event sposnor for Avenir de l'espoir.  However for '16' they will be a Platinum Event sponsor. We couldn't be happier then to have these guys back on board.

We also have Sydney Renderers & Painters who were a late addition to our 2015 event but are on the ball this year having signed back up for 2016 moving a level up from Silver to Gold. 

We would like to thank you for the ongoing support. 


1 May 2015 - Avenir de l'espoir (future of hope) Charity Dinner

What an extraordinary night!!!

Avenir de l’espoir was a fantastic evening with 365 people attending this amazing event.

Our fantastic night had Natarsha Belling as MC who did an amazing job and looked beautiful. Alongside her was Ben Mitchell our fabulous auctioneer that drained everyone of their money and gave us some entertainment.

We also had some great special guests of Matt Cooper, Dene Halatau, Keith Galloway, Lyndsey Rice and Dr Susan Adams.

Matt Cooper was a great sport with auctioning himself off. The winner having a photo with him with his shirt off. There were some very happy ladies in the room and that WON. 

Our phenomenal Event Sponsors gave over $100,000 between them (How awesome is that!)  

Our Event Sponsors for the night were:

Platinum - Probuild

Gold - Forming Circles

Gold - Volkswagen Sutherland

Silver - Sydney Renderers and Painters

These guys saw the potential and had faith in what we were doing and jumped on board so thank you.

To all the guest of the event, thank you for the effort and generous spending to help us reach our target for the Dermatology - Vascular Birthmark Clinic. Without everyone in the room we couldn’t have bought this much needed machine to help children.

To the committee of The Shire Society Events. You all have done an outstanding job in raising this extraordinary amount for the Hospital. We have all dedicated our hearts, a lot of time and effort to create the perfect event.

Rodney Brown and Fiona Spence I thank you for giving your all to this worthwhile cause and BRING ON 2016.

Thank you everyone.  

3 February 2015 - 'Special Guests - Matt Cooper and Shannan Taylor'

We are happy to announce Matt Cooper and Shannan Taylor will be attending the Avenir de l'espoir (Future of Hope) charity dinner.  Matt Copper is an ex St George Illawarra NRL player and Dancing with the Stars contestant.  Shannan Taylor is a 3 times World WBF Champion Boxer.  

The committee would like to thank Matt and Shannan for their support of this important event.

27 November 2014 - 'Sutherland Volkswagen sign on as a Gold Sponsor'

I am extremly excited to announce that Volkswagen Sutherland have signed as a Gold Sponsor of Avenir de l'espoir.

Volkswagen have signed on to support our event in donating a fantastic VW POLO. Lee Matenga the Principle of Volkswagen Sutherland is a fantastic advocate for the Sutherland Shire after having sat with Lee and chatting, I find out he is involved with many other supporting roles for events and we should be very lucky to have him in our area. Lee has put a lot of faith in us that we can reach and exceed our target of $100,000. The Volkswagen POLO has been donated with all the money raised from the car will go directly to the Sydney Children's Hospital. 

I would like to thank you sincerely from all of us from The Shire Society Events.

21 November 2014 - 'Forming Circles sign on as a Gold Sponsor'

We are excited to welcome Forming Circles as one of our Gold Sponsors.

Today I got to meet Renata Cooper over a lovely high tea with fellow committee member Fiona Spence. I was surprised how down to earth Renata is as she is an extraordinary business women and a huge advocate for women.  We sat for an hour and more just chatting about life until we all realised the time had gone, then we got down to business. It didn't take to much convincing Renata that the Gold package was for her when she just said Yes, Yes I'll take that one. Renata is investing a lot in us. Her belief in us and support that we will hit our target for the hospital of $100,000 is incredible.

Forming Circles is a unique Australian organisation that is committed to providing opportunities for Australian individuals and groups in areas of small business, education, arts, innovation, and charitable projects.  Founded by Renata Cooper at the end of 2011 it was incorporated as an ethical and social investment company. Forming Circles provides a creative platform that through inspiration, education, collaborative partnerships and financial help can turn ideas into a reality.

Thank you Renata, and Forming Circles, for supporting the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation.

12 November 2014 - 'Probuild sign on as a Platinum Sponsor'

The Shire Society Events are pleased to announce Probuild as our first Platinum Sponsor for our 2015 Avenir de L'espoir (Future of Hope) dinner.

Probuild is a dynamic national construction company with a proud history spanning close to 30 years. Innovation, commitment and experience underpin their reputation as a leader in construction. Probuild’s core strength lies with its people, who are dedicated to teamwork and delivering excellence to their clients. They deliver high quality projects on time and within budget, with a strong focus on safety and the environment. Their track record for delivering quality outcomes is one of the reasons they have grown to become one of Australia’s largest and most successful construction companies. Probuild are currently delivering 40 developments nationally reaching from residential, commercial and retail projects to hotels and sporting facilities.

Thank you PROBUILD for your support

9 November 2014 - 'Natarsha Belling, Channel 10 newsreader, signs on as MC for Avenir de l'espoir'

The beautiful Natarsha Belling will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2015 Avenir de l'espoir (Future of Hope) Charity Dinner.  Natarsha is one of the most recognised and popular presenters on Australian Television.  She is the face of Network Ten’s high rating weekend news and also fronts the innovative 9am news bulletin.  Natarsha has more than a decade of experience reporting and breaking some of the nation’s biggest stories.  Her passion for news, her warmth and sincerity have seen Natarsha develop into one of the country’s most highly regarded newsreaders.

Like her passion for journalism, Natarsha is also passionate about supporting those in need. As a mother of two young sons, Natarsha has stepped up her commitment to a number of prestigious charities.  She is on the Women’s Advisory Board for the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, is an Ambassador for the Royal Hospital for Women, Alzheimer’s Australia, The Cancer Council and the Bonnie Babes Foundation.

Natarsha is a sought after MC, with a wealth of experience. She has hosted a number of prestigious events from International Women’s Day at Parliament House in Canberra to Australia Day Celebrations with a crowd of around 200,000 in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

The committee would like to thank Natarsha for supporting the Avenir de l'espoir (Future of Hope) Charity Dinner.

October 29th 2014 - 'Champion for Children'

This evening my father Rodney and myself from The Shire Society Events were invited to attend 'Champions for Children' at Taronga Zoo in the Harbour view ballroom.

What a spectacular venue to celebrate and induct into the hall of champions the amazing associations that have raised over 1 million dollars for Sydney Children's hospital foundation to
During the evening we got to meet some of the spectacular wildlife with the zoo keepers, I even held a shingle back lizard which was an experience in its self.  I have to say I feel very privileged and honoured to have been invited to 'Champions for Children' and to have met these amazing people which have given me the extra drive and inspiration to meet that target of 1 million dollars so we also can be inducted to hall of Champions.  Even if only our efforts effect one child of the 78,000 children that pass through the hospital each year receives the gift of hope. 

We are definitely on the right track to achieving our goal as we have made the 'Together we make a difference Annual report magazine for 2014. We even received our own award. 

Everyday families experience a roller-coaster ride of emotions:
Laughter, Sadness, Determination, Uncertainty, Pain, Dedication
But everyday there is HOPE
Thank you for the gift of HOPE


Katie Potocki