Who We Are
The MonSTaR Foundation was born from both the suffering and the passion of three successful business men and their family members affected by MND or another disability. Hamish Pearce, Financial Advisor with Mentor1 Financial Planning; Mark Golding, Managing Director of GoldKey Financial Services and Greg Hargreaves, Principal at Hargreaves Property Group are the founders and the heart of the charity.
From MonSTaR’s conception in 2006, it has raised $3,000,000 all in the name of supporting sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and its research as well as providing funds to support educational programs for children with disabilities, through the STaR Association.
The name was generated from the two beneficiaries of the Foundation, being MON (Motor Neurone Disease), and The STaR (Special Teaching and Research) Association.
MonSTaR is a registered charity with full Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR). All donations made to MonSTaR Foundation are tax deductible.
Together we can make a difference.
Hamish Pearce – Founding Director of MonSTaR Foundation
Hamish is Financial Advisor with Mentor1 Financial Planning in North Sydney. He has previously worked in Sales and Marketing at a corporate level.
Hamish's dedication to this cause came about through the diagnosis and subsequent passing of his wife Fiona in April 2007. The generosity and support that was extended to Hamish from family and friends during the tough times of Fiona's illness motivated him to establish the MonSTaR Foundation.
Hamish is now married to Kimberley and together they are raising Will, Angus and Jerry.
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Mark Golding - Founding Director of MonSTaR Foundation
Mark is the Managing Director of GoldKey Financial Services and has operated successfully in the Financial Services sector for over 30 years.
Mark was a board member of Pennant Hills Golf Club for a number of years. He also held the position President of the Fathers' Association of The Kings School in 2005 and is a volunteer at the Matthew Talbot Hostel for the Homeless.
Marks sister, Lisa, had profound disabilities and passed away at a young age. Mark is married to Cheryl and has three children, Cassandra, Lauren and Jonathan.
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Greg Hargreaves - Founding Director of MonSTaR Foundation
Greg is principal at Hargreaves Property Group, a commercial property development business, which was established in 1996. Greg has over 25 years' experience in the property industry.
Greg has served as a board member of Pennant Hills Golf Club. He is an active volunteer at Matthew Talbot Hostel providing services for homeless and destitute men.
Greg has a sister, Carmel, who has physical and intellectual disability. He is married to Kim and they have three sons, Matthew, Daniel & Luke.
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Peter Overton – MonSTaR Foundation Patron
Peter is the well-known and regarded News Anchor for Channel Nine News, Sydney. With over 20 years’ experience in the media, Peter has risen to be one of Australia's top journalists. He has held positions at 2UE, SKY Channel, Channel 7 Adelaide and most recently spent eight years as a reporter for the Nine Networks 60 Minutes.
Peter was touched by Motor Neurone Disease when his sister's best friend, Fiona Pearce was diagnosed in 2005. Peter did not hesitate when he was asked to MC the inaugural MonSTaR Cup and has been a willing participant ever since.
Peter’s personal involvement in MonSTaR has allowed us to better educate and spread the word of our charity, its sufferers, events and good work far and wide, which without him would have been much harder and for that we are are forever thankful for his immense generosity.
Peter is married to Jessica Rowe and they have two daughters, Allegra & Giselle.
Sarah Bunting – MonSTaR Foundation Manager
Sarah has been our Foundation Manager since October 2013, joining initially as a contractor to run the MonSTaR Cup and going on to become our first employee in May 2016. Sarah manages all the day to day activities of the Foundation and works part time in our quiet periods, through to full time (and more!) as we approach the MonSTaR Cup in March each year. Sarah is greatly supported by the Directors and a large pool of volunteers who help manage various aspects of the event and to whom we are extremely grateful.
Sarah has over 17 years Event Management experience across a wide range of sporting events since coming to Australia from the UK to work on the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2000. Prior to that, Sarah helped manage, promote and develop wheelchair tennis at the International Tennis Federation in London.
Sarah has two children Tana and Kaia and lives on the Northern Beaches.
You can email Sarah at email@example.com or call her directly on 0432 719210.
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