Grandparent of the Year Award 2014 – Coffs Coast Region


The C.ex Group Community Engagement Program is delighted to present the Grandparent of the Year Award for the Coffs Coast Region in October 2014.

Grandparents play a vital role in our society, both as custodians of individual and cultural memories and providers of care, love and guidance to their children and grandchildren.

This provides an opportunity for members of the community to nominate an exceptional grandparent. The Winner will be announced at the finalist’s morning tea on Saturday 25th October 2014.


  • Nominees do not necessarily need to be a grandparent, but must be involved in sharing inter-generational knowledge
  • Sitting state and federal politicians are not eligible
  • Couples are eligible for nomination and the nomination should refer to both nominees’ contributions
  • No weight is given to the number of times a person is nominated


  1. Post: Carrie Skinner, C.ex Group, 1 Vernon Street Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
  2. In person: Completed and handed in at any of the C.ex Group Venues

C.ex Coffs -Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour

C.ex Woolgoolga – Boundary Street, Woolgoolga

C.ex Urunga – Morgo Street, Urunga


Nominations Open on Monday 15th September 2014

Nominations Close on Friday 10th October 2014

Finalists Contacted from Wednesday 15th October 2014

Finalist Morning Tea and Grandparent of the Year Presentation is on Saturday 25th October 2014.


The C.ex Group prides itself on being known as a Community Club; a club that supports every facet of its community and the livelihoods of those living within in it.

The C.ex Community Engagement Program presents all employees with the opportunity to strengthen, support and participate in their local community however they choose. Our Volunteer Program is built on the enthusiasm and success of C.ex Group employees, and their strong, tangible commitment to their local community. The C.ex Group is privileged to be in position to provide such passionate people to assist those most in need.

The C.ex Community Crew achieved an outstanding 800 plus volunteer hours during 2013. These hours make a huge difference to many charities in our town. You will have seen the green machines at regular commitments such as delivering Meals on Wheels, donating blood and at the Coffs RSPCA shelter.  As well as annual community events such as the BCU TRI, Headspace “Check Your Head”, Million Paws Walk and the Coffs Coast Chopper Walk.

The C.ex Community Crew also takes great pride in fundraising on behalf of charities. So far this year they have done an outstanding job for the RSPCA, Jeans for Genes, Cancer Council and Dads in Distress.



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C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out

As Homelessness is often a problem overlooked and misunderstood by the wider community, the first ever C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out is being held at C.ex Coffs.

When : Thursday June 26th 2014.

Time: 6pm – 8am


The C.ex Community Crew will endeavour to provide participants with an example of what it is like to sleep in a temporary shelter for the night. Participants will bring a blanket and sleeping mat to the club and the club will provide a meal consisting of soup, bread roll and a hot drink – replica of what one would get in a shelter. Also provided will be a light breakfast in the morning.


The C.ex Coffs was involved with Homeless Persons Week at the beginning of August 2013 and was made aware that Coffs Harbour has no temporary shelter beds. On finding this out the idea evolved for the C.ex Community Engagement Program to host a Community Sleep Out. The aim is to raise awareness of Secondary Homelessness in the Coffs Coast area. The event also provides an avenue for community organisations to fundraise to provide better services within our LGA.

Everyone at the C.ex Coffs is privileged enough to end the day by going home and sleeping in a nice warm bed. For a large part of our nation’s population though, this is not the case. Every night there are 105,000 people in Australia who don’t have a safe place to call home. It could be friends and colleagues or people in your community. Often, through no fault of their own, families are facing crisis situations that leave them mentally, physically and financially at risk. Without support, these situations can quickly spiral out of control. Families are losing grip on secure housing and face the very real prospect of sleeping out in the cold.

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For further information contact Carrie Skinner at or call 02 6691 9251.


It’s a youth music festival being held at the showgrounds on Wednesday 16th April between 10am and 5pm.

The event is aimed at raising awareness in the Community about youth mental health issues and where young people can get support.

On the day young people are encouraged to speak to services and find out how they can help or support them (ie have a meaningful conversation).

By the end of the day young people and parents will have a better idea of what support is about and who can help with different issues.

Headspace is a free health service for young people (12-25 yrs old). Specialising in mental health and or drug & alcohol issues. It is a multi-disciplinary service including: GP’s, psychologists, psychiatrists, MH nurses, youth workers. Headspace works with Mental Health, drug & alcohol and sexual assault services from the Area Health Service and other youth services and employment agencies. Headspace aims to raise awareness about youth mental health issues in the community, provide training in the field and advocates for the local youth population.

Check Your Head 2014 raises the profile of headspace and other youth services and how they can support families and young people. It educates the community about what help is available

bcu Coffs Tri teams up with C.ex Group

The inaugural bcu Coffs TRI multisport festival was a huge success in 2013, attracting more than 600 competitors. Event organisers Village Sports are expecting the 2014 event to sell out in record time.

The bcu Coffs TRI weekend of events – on 1 and 2 March 2014 – includes an ‘Enticer Tri’ (375m swim/10km cycle/2.5km run) and includes races for children aged 5–14 years on the Saturday, with the headline Olympic-distance triathlon (1.5km swim/40km cycle/10km run) on the Sunday. This event has something for everyone, regardless of age, ability or level of fitness.

C.ex Group gets mean and green

Event director Mick Maley said that events such as the bcu Coffs Tri could not run without the support from the local community. “We are delighted to have the C.ex Group on board again as a major sponsor,” he said. “Without their generous financial support and help from their dedicated volunteers, the event would not be the success that it is.”

C.ex Group is the sponsor of 10km run leg of the Olympic Distance Triathlon. The C.ex Group will notch up its second year of involvement in 2014 and registrations will again be held at C.ex Coffs on Friday 28 February. The mean, green, C.ex Community Crew were a major force on the run leg in 2013, handing out water to the athletes, and will be helping out again in 2014.

The course

The spectacular open-water swim, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, is held inside the protected pristine harbour with spectators getting a birds-eye view from the jetty. The two-lap bike course is fast yet challenging on a closed road out to Toormina and back to the harbour; and the run comprises two laps along the beautiful harbour foreshores incorporating the iconic Coffs Jetty.

Village Sports is offering a total prize purse of $4500 for open male and female category placegetters.

Village Sports aims to attract triathletes to Coffs Harbour to experience the incredible bcu Coffs TRI course, encourage more locals to take up the great sport of triathlon and, most importantly, create a memorable and family-friendly event.

Entries for the bcu Coffs TRI are now open at

C.ex Group donates $30k to Dancing with the Stars Coffs

This is a fun, gala fundraising event for the Cancer Council. Ten high-profile Coffs Coast business people team up with 10 professional Coffs Coast dance teachers to perform one dance on the night and raise money. The 2014 event will take place on Saturday 1 February.

Now in its fourth year, the event takes place on the Saturday closest to World Cancer Day. The 2013 event was sold out with 440 guests attending the gala evening.

The 10 dance couples will compete for the Judges’ Choice award, judged by an expert panel, as well as for the People’s Choice award, as voted by the audience. There will also be a prize for the ‘star’ that raises the most money. The 2013 winner, Ray Ellicott, raised an amazing $15,111.

In addition there will be an auction on the night, which will include a beautiful handmade pendant from Parrys Jewellers.

Our major media sponsors for the event are Focus, 2CS, Southern Cross 10 and The Coffs Coast Advocate.

As a major sponsor, Emma Rhoades Photography will be donating their time and energy to taking the official photos for the event. Inspirational speaker Michael Crossland is also a major sponsor and will be your MC for the night.

Our stars on the night include our very own Tony Cahill (C.ex Group) plus: EJ (2CS), Jesse Taylor (Mission Australia), Steve Allan (Urunga Pharmacy), Bridgette Vartianen (Red Sparrow Tea Company), Nicole Martin (NSW Police), Melly Dee (Coffs Coast Focus), Vicky Hunter (Coffs Harbour Racing Club) and Cherie Parik (The Edge).

Our wonderful dance schools who are teaching our stars are: Pacific Dancentre (Ballroom), Razzle Dazzle Rockers (Rock and Roll/Lindy Hop), So Dance Studios (Swing), Woolgoolga Dance Studio (Musical Theatre), Coffs Latin Rhythms (Zouk), Kulturithmik (Argentine Tango), Hara Beyond Movement Studio (Ballet) and Toll Priority (Disco).

Cancer Council NSW is community funded and supported and has extensive networks in the community with business, organisations and community groups. Cancer Council has just one goal: to defeat cancer. The money that you raise supports Cancer Council NSW achieve this goal through funding cancer research, cancer support and information services, cancer prevention programs and advocacy. In doing so we can better understand every step of the cancer journey and one day make cancer a manageable disease for all.

C.ex Coffs is proud for our involvement and monies raised.

For further information contact Fiona Foulkes at or call 02 6659 8400.

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Sarah Pryor
Community Relations Manager
P. 02 6691 9251