Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:56 :44 ): I pay tribute to Charles Frew of Pymble, whose charitable fundraising activities have been extraordinary for the better part of 30 years. He has energetically supported several community health organisations and touched the lives of many individuals. He was recognised for his service with an Order of Australia Medal in 2015. His volunteer work began with CanTeen in 1991. Charles subsequently focused on raising awareness of bowel cancer, including through the work being carried out by the Royal North Shore Hospital. Since 2006, Charles has been a director of Bowel Cancer Australia where he has contributed to development and funding and steered the inaugural "It's Crunch Time" campaign.
Charles has connected regularly with workplaces and community groups as the coordinator of the Healthy Communities program. He has also lectured on bowel cancer awareness to companies of all sizes and has visited prisons throughout the country to deliver his important message about this insidious disease. However, Charles' community involvement extends beyond raising awareness of bowel cancer. He has been involved with cystic fibrosis services, Pollie Pedal, the Westmead Children's Hospital and many other organisations as a fundraiser and supporter. Charles Frew is one of Ku‑ring‑gai's quietly influential citizens whose positive impact has been, and continues to be, immeasurable.