The deserved winner of the 2019 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award, Chris Walker
The deserved winner of the 2019 NSW Grandparent of the Year Award, Chris Walker

NSW grandparent awardees celebrated

GRANDPARENTS, grand-friends and kin carers were celebrated in Sydney today at the 2019 NSW Grandparents Day Awards. 

The winner of the Grandparent of the Year Award was Chris Walker from Raymond Terrace.

He is a grandfather to three children. Two of them were born with X linked chronic intestinal psuedo obstruction, an extremely rare disease that affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrition.

It is believed that they are the only two people in Australia with this condition.

Chris has become an advocate for the boys and all children living with rare diseases.

His work has spanned 10 years, with Chris fundraising, lobbying the government, organising workshops and delivering keynote addresses.

Notably, Chris organised an education workshop for consumers, carers and providers of Parenteral Nutrition for intestinal failure which is now delivered annually by AuSPEN ASM. This is the only consumer workshop hosted by a professional society anywhere in the world.

The two winners of the Grandparents Day Photography Competition were Natarsha Camilleri and Rebecca Hilton.

Natarsha Camilleri's winning photo - our lives are books, with each year a different chapter.
Natarsha Camilleri's winning photo - our lives are books, with each year a different chapter.

Natarsha is a school student from Minchinbury.

Her winning photo, titled our lives are books, with each year a different chapter, showcased two generations coming together. In the photo, a young boy offers an e-book to his grandmother while the grandmother is giving the boy a printed novel.

Rebecca Hilton's winning open category entry in this years NSW Grandparents Day Awards.
Rebecca Hilton's winning open category entry in this years NSW Grandparents Day Awards.

Rebecca, an Orange local, won the open category.

Her winning photograph captures seven-month-old Daisy with her 93-year-old Poppa and the close relationship they share.


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