Last formal dinner of 2020

Tuesday night was our last formal dinner for 2020.  We were very honoured to have Gerrard Gosens OAM come and speak to the students on the night.

He is one of Australia’s true high achievers - born with congenital blindness, at 16 he was Australia’s youngest ever recipient of a guide dog - Boss Junior joining him on the night. 

He has gone on to become an adventurer, three-time Paralympian, Ironman, triathlete, chocolatier, motivational speaker and former Dancing with the Stars contestant. 

Amongst his many achievements he has co-piloted an ultra-light glider around Queensland three times, climbed Mount Everest, run 2,000 kilometres from Cairns to Brisbane five times, represented Australia at three Paralympic Games, six Athletics World Championships and the 2012 Marathon World Cup, as well as being named Young Queenslander of the Year in 1995.

We also had Hayley Kitchener, who goes by her stage name Ellah K, perform Josh Groban’s “You are loved, don’t give up” on the night.

Hayley was born a phenomena: born with a visual impairment, she did not allow it to stop her from reaching her goals and passion for music. She is a well-known musician in the Queensland music industry conducting community choirs, teaching singing, playing and performing her original songs in Brisbane and internationally across Asia & Europe.  

Her skill sets include singing, composing, writing music arrangement & teaching braille music to visual impaired students. Hayley also spent some time at Cromwell as our volunteer Chaplain in 2017 & 2018.

We thank both Gerrard and Hayley for inspiring us.