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To my delight, Jimmy Wong jimmywongeats and I have crossed paths through our connection with a small charity we are immensely proud of. We're ambassadors for the becentrefoundation a special place for kids on Sydney's northern beaches. (Our fellow ambassadors are legends niciandronicus1 and thomasvictorcarroll )
Jimmy was born in the Singapore of the 60's, the year after Singapore was born, when Malaysia granted independence to what is now an economic powerhouse.
The family arrived in Sydney from Canada in 1981. Dad Steven and Mum Anna barely paused for breath, before establishing a much loved Chinese restaurant on the northern beaches. After Kim Sang in Collaroy came Golden Singapura in Brookvale and Wong's in Dee Why. Steven became known as a loveable karaoke singing restaurateur. Sadly, Steven passed away just a few years ago, a loss keenly felt by all the family.
Jimmy and his sister Theresa went ahead and made a big name for themselves on Masterchef in 2016. Their Dad would have been mighty proud. After years in the corporate world, Jimmy stepped off to follow his passion for food, which continues at pace and with real momentum today.
The best word for Jimmy I can think of is effervescent. He bubbles with infectious energy and enthusiasm. His culinary skills, outstanding photography and his presenting charms are all part of his work now, not to mention his cherished maka_leathergoods knife roll !
At the becentrefoundation the work of the incredible staff and play therapists is never ending, while there are kids who don't have the words to express their pain.
Play therapy helps heal children exposed to all manner of trauma, from the death of a sibling or parent, to witnessing domestic violence and everything in between. The things we rarely talk about. The results for broken kids and their families are astonishing. Sadly demand for their services is significant. There are still tickets for the big annual Gala Ball in Sydney on Friday August 31st. It is always a sensational affair. Hopefully Jimmy and I will see you there. coloursofaustralia becentre kids trauma playtherapy children diversity inclusion