10 Apr Defence force member makes donation to help injured children
Defence force member and founder of Secure Windows, Peter Liston, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) on Monday April 3, to help children suffering from window-related injuries.
After the NSW Government passed legislation requiring safety lock fittings on windows to prevent children from falling out of windows, Captain Liston launched his security window business to help implement the new law.
The donation is a result of Captain Liston’s pledge to donate $2 from every window lock installed to help children receiving treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Captain Liston said he had been motivated to kick-start a business that helped prevent accidents and allowed him to give back to his community.
“During 2011-12, 39 children aged 9 years or below were hospitalised due to injuries sustained from falls out of windows.
“With the success of Secure Windows, it’s very rewarding for me to be able to help children injured from preventable accidents,” Captain Liston said.
Captain Liston presented a $5,000 cheque to CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF), Nicola Stokes at an event hosted by His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales.
“It’s fantastic to see Captain Liston’s initial pledge grow into a significant contribution that will make a positive difference to the lives of sick and injured children who need our Hospital,” said Nicola Stokes, CEO of SCHF.
Captain Liston credits his business’ success to his attendance at the 2016 Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program, a course designed for transitioning Defence Force members to help them launch their own businesses.
Created by The Prince’s Charities Australia (P.C.A) in partnership with RMIT University, the course has produced a cohort of impressive alumni whose business have achieved success.
“Like many other program alumni, Captain Liston wanted to continue to give back to his community even after transitioning out of the Defence force,” said Janine Kirk AM, Chief Executive, P.C.A.
“We are so pleased that his business is now in a position to give back to the community.”