The Shire Society Events

The Shire Society Events holds an exclusive annual fundraising dinner Avenir de l’espoir (Future of Hope) with all profits going to Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Randwick.  The funds raised help the Hospital care for more than 78,000 critically ill and injured children each year.  

Our 5th annual dinner was held on Friday 29th April 2016 at Doltone House Sylvania Waters.  The Avenir de L’espoir (Future of Hope) event was an elegant dinner.  We had 426 people that attended the event and raised over $206,000. Our 2016 dinner was proudly sponsorsed by Probuild, Sutherland Volkswagen, Forming Circles Global, Sydney Renderers & Painting, Jayco Sydney and Versatile.
Manu Fetildel, co-host of My Kitchen Rules joined us on the evening and truly showed his character and wonderful personality. Carl Riseley, Australia's 'Swing King’, performed and created a opportunity for dancing and singing. Our MCs for the dinner were Natarsha Belling (Channel 10 National Newsreader) and Ben Fordham (2GB radio commentator and Channel Nine reporter).

The money raised purchased two advanced lighting system, with in built cameras, urgently required for two operating theatres. Two high definition paediatric gastroscopes along with a camera and monitor for delicate ear operations.

Dr Guy Henry- Head of Paediatric surgery at the Sydney Children's Hospital explained 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 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.

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2016 dinner and we look forward to 2017. 

Our 4th annual dinner was held on Friday 1st May 2015 at Doltone House Sylvania Waters.  The Avenir de L’espoir (Future of Hope) event was an elegant candlelight dinner with Natarsha Belling as our MC for the evening with 368 people attending the event and raised $165,000 for the Dermatology - Vascular Birthmarks Clinic. We purchased a laser machine for the department. The Vascular Birthmarks Clinic is one of the leading multidisciplinary 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 treated to correct 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 is a registered name to facilitate the running of fund raising events on behalf of The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.  The committee consists of Katie Potocki (founder), Fiona Spence and Rodney Brown. 

The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick has played a major role in Katie Potocki’s life over the last 5 years. Her son Axel had emergency surgery at two weeks old resulting in him going in and out of hospital until he was three. Katie also has three year old twin daughters, Ivy and Zara, that were born premature leaving them unwell having surgery, or tests done, each month from birth until now. If it wasn’t for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick Katie’s children wouldn’t be here today!  Read Axel’s story here


Committee Members

Katie Potocki - Founder (formerly Katie Brown)       

Katie is an elite athlete having trained with both the NSW Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. Between 1999 and 2007 Katie was a professional cyclist representing Australia at an international level, riding with the Dutch, Italian and Australian teams on the European cycling circuit.  Her career highlights were a silver medal at the BMX World Championships, National Champion and Junior World Cup winner.

Katie was on target to participate at the Beijing Olympics, but it didn’t eventuate due to personal injuries sustained in an accident in Germany in 2005, when her team was hit by a motor vehicle. Sadly one of Katie’s team members, Amy Gillett, lost her life in the accident.

After retiring from professional cycling Katie held a number of media roles for Channel 9, Channel 7 and 2GB.  She was also involved in race calling and interviewing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games for the host broadcaster and Asian Games.

Katie is highly regarded in the cycling community and is an Ambassador for the Amy Gillet Ride Safe Foundation, an Ambassador for Bicycle NSW and an Ambassador for the Bowral Classic Oct 23rd 2016.  She enjoys her current role as Head Coach of the Sydney Metro Cycling Academy, strength and conditioning Coach and motivational speaker.  Katie has initiated numerous fund raising activities including Christmas toy drives for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Starlight.


Rodney Brown

Rodney, Katie’s Father, Rodney has 40 years experience in senior management.  He is currently the General Manager of Biomass Technologies, an R&D company. Rodney is also a consultant in the transport industry. Rodney has joined the committee to help his daughter raise much needed funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation as he knows first hand what its like to have a Grandson and Granddaughters needing the life saving service. 

Lorraine Brown

Lorraine, Katie's mother, has over 40 years of fundraising experience however now retired Lorraine, like Rodney has dedicated her time to helping raise much needed funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation. Lorraine knows all too well what the ICU and wards are like in the Children's hospital having spent many awaking hours with her Grandchildren. Lorraine is passionate about raising funds for the much needed equipment on the hospitals wish list. 

Thomas Potocki

Tom, Katie's Husband, is a General Forman at Probuild Constructions. Like Katie, Tom has the drive to make the Sydney Children's Hospital a better facility for the children and parents. "the hospital is a community and we all stick together", "governments provide funds for a good hospital, fundraising provides funds for a great hospital".