Local student brings businesses together in the spirit of diversity

As the second annual McMaster Shield approaches, a local high school student has once again brought together the local business and education community in a show of support for the development of special needs programmes.

Seventeen-year-old Patrick Gleeson, of Glenwood High School, has once again rallied the financial backing of the local community in organising the McMaster Shield, bringing together the students of special needs programs from participating local schools Model Farms, Baulkham Hills and Glenwood High School.

Just over 200 students are expected to participate in the event, to be held at Forman Reserve Glenwood on Monday 17th September, in a mini-Olympics with events ranging from AFL football to T-ball at a range of levels based on student’s differing abilities, as they compete to win the coveted McMaster Shield.

Named in honour of former Principal, Erla McMaster, the event aims to unite the local community to celebrate fun, mateship and diversity through sport and teamwork by giving the special needs programs and students a platform to shine.

Local businesses have been quick to support the initiative and contribute to its ongoing success.

Emmanuel Fardouly, of Raine & Horne Bella Vista, who will be the Corporate Sponsor of the event for the second time, says that events such as the McMaster Shield represent the core values of the local community.

“The McMaster Shield is a very special event for the local schools, students, parents and businesses.

“It’s a very well-run event and Patrick does an amazing job in coordinating the details, bringing on sponsors and engaging the community to get everyone involved.

“As a business owner, it’s an extraordinary opportunity to see the smiles on the faces of the kids involved as they realise that they have the full support of the community behind them. We had a wonderful time at last year’s inaugural event and didn’t hesitate to commit to the McMaster Shield for this year and years to come,” concluded Mr Fardouly.