Posted by Bob Howe OAM
Recently, the Chair of KYDS, Helen Jarvis, and the CEO,  Anthony Rigney, invited Wahroonga Rotary to attend a "Thank You lunch" at EY Consultants at EY Consultants City office on Friday 28 April.
As our representative to KYDS, Nermine Toma attended and she heard a testimony from Josh, a student who had attended KYDS and the KYDS CEO Anthony.  Over the past 12 years, Wahroonga Youth Committee has provided almost $30,000 in donations to KYDS and we are very supportive of their work.
We have attached the two speeches (below) in full as a download as we believe you may find them useful for a young person in your life at a time when you or their parents are at their wits end as to what to do.
Parents in particular, are interested in individual young people’s impression of how they were helped by KYDS.   
Josh spoke on their behalf at the Lunch. He has come through the process succesfully and is now 21 and working at Masada College and going to University at Macquarie.
A speech delivered by Josh - a KYDS Alumni 
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Thank you from the KYDS CEO to the KYDS wonderful supporters
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A Short history of KYDS
In 2003, Lindfield Rotary raised the funds and partnered with Ku-ring-gai Council to establish KYDS – a free, local, and confidential counselling service for children and young people. On 31 March 2005 KYDS opened its doors with one counsellor, who operated at the library in Lindfield. KYDS supported 36 young people in its first year.
Today, a team of 18 passionate and qualified mental health professionals support young people to work through their challenges and to help them to achieve their potential. Over the past year, we provided 5462 counselling sessions to more than 400 young people.