My name is Danny McEvoy, I have been married to my wife, Sue, for 49 years, we have 2 adult children Joanne and Peter and four wonderful grandsons. I love family, enjoy most sports (particularly the Dockers) and value education and see it as the tool to provide people with opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them.

 

Soon after I retired I joined an organisation called The Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Servivors (ASeTTS). I wasn’t really sure what I was volunteering for, they are a fantastic organisation offering a range of services, but fate took over and I tutored a little boy from South Sudan who was finding his school-work really difficult. He lived with his mother who had been educated in Sudan and English was her third Language so she was unable to help her son, and didn't have confidence to speak to teachers, as far as education was concerned they seemed to be on their own. It wasn’t long before this little boy’s mates (all with a Sudanese background) joined in.

 

7 years on, with the help of many wonderful people along the way and two fine organisations (ASeTTS and the City of Wanneroo) the Achievers Club has been officially born and registered as an incorporated association and not-for-profit charity. Our students are supported by inspiring mentors from a variety of backgrounds, the professions, industry, university students and retirees, who like me, want to help our special kids build their knowledge, skills, and confidence with a 'can-do' attitude.

 

To achieve our aims we need support and feel so lucky to have the support of our generous corporate and personal sponsors, teachers, parents and the City of Wanneroo.

 

Helping to build this organisation into a sustainable, effective and caring Club is very exciting for me. Our Board and Mentors are outstanding people who are determined to provide our students with support and guidance to be the best people and students they can be. What we are doing today will provide these great kids with tools they can take into the rest of their lives. I can't think of a better way to spend part of one’s retirement and Saturday mornings than working with outstandingly generous, talented people and special kids who are prepared to work hard to improve their school grades.

DANNY McEVOY

 

PRESIDENT AND MENTOR