Matt Golinski's helping hand for Coast children
MATT Golinski knows the importance of support when it's needed.
It flowed to him after the 2011 Tewantin home fire tragedy that cost the lives of his wife and three daughters, two of whom - twins - had special needs.
Matt said when he was approached to be the guest speaker at next month's Board Meeting's 2018 Guardians dinner, he quickly agreed because their work was close to his own heart.
The Guardian program seeks out sponsors to provide parents of children with special needs 10 nights of respite a year so that they can recharge batteries and relationships.
"I've got a personal story in that situation where people helped me," Matt said as he cooked, working on a new recipe.
"I'll speak of my own experience. But everything I do I relate back to cooking.
"I'd encourage more Guardians to come on board."
He said it was critical parents of children with special needs to be helped to maintain their relationships saying they faced a huge amount of pressure.
"Keeping them together is really important," Matt said.
Board Meeting spokesman Mark Skinner said the program had already attracted 13 Guardians with the goal being to find another 10 who all contribute $250 a month to pay for professional care for special needs kids while their parents take a break.
Mr Skinner said while there were some individual Guardians, others banded together as work groups or as mates to share the cost.
The Guardian Charity dinner was scheduled for February 23 at Mooloolaba Surf Club from 6pm and features the dinner and charity auction with works by Kendal Perkins and Owen Cavanagh who has painted one of his icon bar fridges. It's on show at the Ten Toes Brewery until the event.
Last year, a painting by Kendal, which she completed during the inaugural Guardian dinner, drew a winning bid of $10,000.
The night will be hosted by Todd Widdicombe of 92.7 Mix FM.
Tickets are $90 a head or $720 for a table of eight. Call Mark Skinner on 0411477390.