Nik Tsardakis - Patron


Letter from Nik Tsardakis, Patron of the Manor Lake Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk 2018


"I am delighted to be asked to be the Patron of the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk – March 2018. As a Rotarian of 38 years I am well aware of the community activity and fund raising capacity of Rotary.

For a long period Wyndham Rotary Club has contributed to the local community in many ways and I am pleased they have chosen the very important local public hospital, operated by the Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd. as one of their major fund raising activities.

The Victorian State Government announced in 2015 that is will invest $85 million to expand the Werribee Mercy Hospital, providing families in Melbourne’s west, and particularly the City of Wyndham with surgical and critical care services closure to home. The build, which is well underway, includes an eight (8) bed critical care unit, fifty six (56) new inpatient beds, six (6) additional operating theatres and a new sterile supply department. Completion date is June 2018.

Part of the funding announcement was the requirement for the operator of the public hospital to fund $2 million toward the project and this has bought two Foundations, the Mercy Health Foundation and the Werribee Hospital Foundation with shared values, to work together to raise the outstanding amount of $2 million for the Werribee Mercy Critical Care Unit (CCU) Appeal.

Locally the Werribee Hospital Foundation has been supporting the Werribee Mercy Hospital for over 25 years. I as Chairman of the Werribee Hospital Foundation ask that you take up the challenge to contribute in as many ways as possible, either as a sponsor or participant in the fun run/walk to help raise funds through the Wyndham Rotary Club Fun Run/Walk on Sunday March 4th 2018.

It is vital our local public hospital continues to grow to meet the needs of the community of Wyndham. When residents need urgent medical care, they want to be confident they and their families can rely on the very best care being available locally.

I have lived in Werribee most of my life and today the region I love, along with its burgeoning communities, is very much the focus of my continuing community involvement.

As one of the original Directors fo the then Werribee District Hospital, we guided the hospital until 1993 when it was decommissioned and the new Werribee Mercy Hospital opened in its location on Princes Hwy.

Prior to its decommissioning, I along with 4 other directors helped establish the Werribee Hospital Foundation, an organisation focused solely on supporting local public hospital services in Wyndham and one that has provided over $1.5M to help fund various local hospital projects.

Today I continue to be involved in the organisations committed to making a difference locally. As a Director of the Werribee Hospital Foundation and Manor Court Werribee Aged Care Ltd. (a not for profit 100 bed aged care facility) I’m extremely proud of their achievements and my association with them.

Similarly I enjoy a long-standing association with the Rotary Club of Hopper Crossing. After becoming a Charter Member in 1979, I’ve continued to support Rotary’s work locally and globally, taking tremendous satisfaction from working alongside many friends I have come to know over the years.

I welcome your support as a sponsor and/or participant in the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for the much needed Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit."

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Nik Tsardakis

Chairman – Werribee Hospital Foundation


Nick Christou

For the past three decades, Nick Christou has been an active and successful business owner in the fields of horticulture, international trade and hospitality. From his humble beginnings on a small family farm in Werribee South, Nick has since developed his businesses and skillsets across the broad spectrum of local, national and international markets, leaving him with a wealth of expertise and business acumen to draw from.

Aside from being the founder and owner of The Park Hotel in Werribee, Nick is also an active member of the Werribee chamber of commerce and the Wyndham Tourism Association, as well as, a sitting member on two strategic framework committees, both focused on continued development within Wyndham.

"I look forward to being involved with the Committee for Wyndham, an organisation that is proactive in changing our landscape for the future benefit of all stakeholders."

The Parl

The Park Hotel
Located in the heart of Werribee's CBD, on the corner of Watton Street and Station Place, this sprawling hotel has been transformed into an Artisan Eatery and Craft Beer Hall, where everything on the menu is locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. The Park hotel has a craft beer range of over 400 local and international bottled beers and ciders, 20 rotating taps, 1 hand pump and a recently introduced nitro tap.

In 2013 the Park Hotel was awarded with the following accolades: Beer & Brewer: Australia's Best Beer List, Wyndham City's Awards For Excellence: Best New & Emerging Business, AHA Finalist in the National Awards for Excellence: Best Redeveloped Hotel, and recently the Herald Sun's Top 25 Pubs Melbourne.

The Park Hotel has an industrial urban chic design with a capacity for private functions of up to 100 people, as well as a large 200 person outdoor beer garden that is the perfect place to relax and unwind. So if you are looking for a social dinner, a night out with friends, a central location to celebrate your special event, or just a great place to enjoy a meal and a drink, the Park hotel is a must.

Open: Wed – Sunday 12pm to late, (Open 7 days from July 7th) The Park Hotel is Wyndham City's foremost social playground.

Kevin Hillier

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Author, radio presenter, voiceover artist, columnist, businessman, guest speaker and Master of Ceremonies. Kevin began his media career in Longreach in 1973. His radio career saw him become a top rating personality in Brisbane and Melbourne on stations like 4IP, 3XY, Fox FM, Triple M, Gold FM and SEN.

Radio is not his only calling card. He has contributed as a writer to magazines like Juke & Inside Football and is a regular columnist for Fairfax, Star and Leader newspapers.

He is currently Media Manager for the Werribee Football Club and media consultant to the Western Region Football League. He writes two weekly columns for the Star Weekly newspaper group ( The Hillier View & In the Doghouse). He is one of Australia’s best known voiceover men, heard on radio and television ads across Australia. He is also a regular presenter on Melbourne’s sports station SEN.

Kevin has written several books including Like Father Like Son and Rocket Science - the Biography of Rodney Eade.

He lends his time and expertise to many charities including the 20th Man Fund and the Whitten Foundation.
Kevin is a Life Member of the Western Bulldogs, where he has been involved as an emcee of events for more than 30 years.

Nicole Lake

Nicole LakeNicole is research scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (currently finishing a PhD through the University of Melbourne), in the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she works on finding the genetic causes of mitochondrial disease. She is passionate about research that helps us understand how genetics influences health and disease. Nicole is a proud Rotarian, and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park since 2010. She is also a keen Geelong supporter - go Cats!

Michael Lapiña

Michael LapinaMichael Lapiña began his professional career performing in musicals and touring extensively in Australia and Asia as a dancer and singer with Walt Disney Special Events Group. 

On the opera and operetta stage, his early engagements included the role of Dick Deadeye in HMS PinaforeLeonard May in Yeoman Of The Guard, the lead tenor role of Nanki Poo in The Mikado and Strephon in Iolanthe all for Savoy Opera Company and Yussaf in Rose Of Persia for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society Of Victoria.

His appearances for Melbourne Opera have included singing the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci during 2010 and singing the title role in Gounod’s Faust, during 2011.

His other recent operatic engagements include the role of Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth for Heidelberg Choral Society and, during 2011, roles in Melbourne Lyric Opera’s double-bill of La Verbena de la Paloma and Los Bohemios and The Emperor in Puccini’s Turandot for Monash University.

On the concert platform, Michael Lapiña makes regular solo appearances in concerts for Rotary International, he has been guest soloist in concerts with the Philippine Male Choir in Bacoor, in the Philippines and has appeared in opera concerts for the Monash Chorale and, most recently during 2010 and 2011, performances of the Verdi Requiem and Puccini’s Messa da Requiem with the Camberwell Chorale and an extended series of opera concerts in major cities throughout China.

Lauryn Mark

Lauryn-MarkLauryn Mark is an Olympic Women's Skeet shooter from Australia. She finished fourth in Women's Skeet in the 2004 Summer Olympics and won three gold medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 1999, she became the youngest competitor ever to win the United States Open Women’s Skeet Championship. In 2003, she won the Silver Medal at the World Cup Final in Rome in the Women's Skeet event. In 2004, she married the Australian Olympian Russell Mark.

Mark has eight Australian National Women's Skeet Championships to her name. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in 15th place.

Lauryn has participated in the Fun Run since it began and enjoys having her family participate with her.