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The Travis Schultz Winemaker Master Class offers ongoing financial support to the Coast’s most-vulnerable children through SunnyKids.

Over 370 local businesspeople will attend the annual Travis Schultz Winemaker Master Class this week to raise much-needed funds for Sunshine Coast charity SunnyKids.

This year’s theme: “A Day at the Winery” will see the Maroochy RSL transformed into a beautiful scene,
setting the stage for a day of indulgence, fun and generosity.

SunnyKids CEO Kathleen Hope is overwhelmed by the generosity and ongoing support of the community, with close to $200,000 raised at last year’s event and nearly $1 million since its inception.

“Each day, we see firsthand the devastating impacts of domestic and family violence on women and children. We simply can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the crisis that is on our doorstep, Ms Hope says.

“This year, with the support of our incredible community, we’re determined to raise over $200,000. This kind of financial support will mean we can continue to deliver our vital support services to our most vulnerable children, including our SunnyKids Schools and Mentoring Through Sport programs.

“It’s the generosity of our wonderful supporters that enables us to continue to provide critical support to children who desperately need our help.

“The generosity and calibre of the guests in the room contributes to an outstanding afternoon of fun, laughter, expertise and purpose.”

NAB Private Wealth is the proud sponsor of this year’s event for the seventh consecutive year and NAB Private Wealth client director and SunnyKids director John Burnie believes supporting the charity is vital for our community.

“SunnyKids continues to provide essential support services to our most-vulnerable children here on the Sunshine Coast. It’s extremely important to support those facing adversity, they can’t do it on their own, it really does take a village,” Mr Burnie says.

“SunnyKids relies heavily on community support, with government funding being limited and not extending to support the work they do with vulnerable children.

“Strong communities are built by individuals who care.

“When we extend our support to those facing hardship, we’re showing people we genuinely care about their wellbeing and want to support them.”

Event founder Travis Schultz, of Travis Schultz & Partners, continues to be overwhelmed by the level of support that the Winemakers Master Class attracts within the community each year.

“We are immensely grateful for the generosity and commitment of those in our local community to our cause. It’s truly inspiring connecting with local businesspeople at such a fun event – all while raising money for SunnyKids,” Mr Schultz says.

“I feel that all of us who are in professional services and business on the Sunshine Coast need to do all we can to give back to support the community that supports us. It’s a moral responsibility. If we don’t do it, then who will?”

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