Business After Hours hosted by Royal Rehab – Review

A hat competition, a sweepstakes – it could only be the Melbourne Cup Business After Hours hosted by Royal Rehab. Stephen Lowndes, Jim Towers and the Royal Rehab team always host a wonderful Business After Hours and this one was no exception.

Members of Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce joined us at this event to make it a real celebration.

Guests at the event

Photo credit Jim Towers, Royal Rehab

There was a serious side to the night too; Royal Rehab does amazing work helping people recover from injuries and brain damage from strokes. Stephen Lowndes, CEO of Royal Rehab, introduced this beautiful and powerful video which speaks far more than words do:

Lisa Cheng, Executive Director for the Royal Rehab Foundation, spoke about the Foundation and how it runs events to raise funds for Royal Rehab.

Many of our guests had taken up the challenge to wear hats on the night, and it was a tough decision for the judges to pick six finalists. Winners were chosen by the guests on the basis of whoever got the biggest cheer won. So… congratulations to new member Hope Kidd of Jamaican Products, and John Booth AM of The Weekly Times, our worthy winners.

Hat competition finalists

Hat competition finalists

See all photos here on our Facebook album.

On the night:


  • The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, member for Lane Cove
  • Lydia Scuglia, IPP RBF and chair of the CEO Club.


  • John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong
  • Clr Jerome Laxale, Mayor of Ryde
  • Clr Craig Chung, City of Ryde

Chamber Presidents

  • Stefan Sojka, Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber. Stefan told guests that the final function for Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber for the year will be on 19 November at Brad Garlick Ford. Everyone welcome!

Level 1 members:

  • Achieve Australia

Level 2 members:

  • Snowden Parkes Real Estate
  • Laboratories Credit Union
  • Craig and Rhodes
  • Watermark

Tony Abboud, RBF President, spoke about:

  • Ryde Signature Dinner which will be held 21 October 2016. Royal Rehab will be a beneficiary of the dinner
  • Discussions he has had with local and state politicians about forced amalgamation and the impact of that on small businesses in our area
  • Light Up East Ryde street market, which will be held in Sagar Place East Ryde on 29 November. There are still stalls available and sponsorship opportunities. Contact Kathleen Synnott at Bresic Whitney on 9816 8888

Clr. Jerome Laxale, Mayor of Ryde, gave a brief update on activities in Ryde and how the Council is performing.

Roseanna Gallo said there are still sponsorship opportunities for Carols on the Common on 20 December. Sponsorships close soon. Contact Roseanna now.

Jim Towers encouraged everyone to take part in the Ryde Rollercoaster Run next weekend. He pointed out that the gruelling gallop up and down the hills of Putney is 3.2km – the same distance as the Melbourne Cup.

John Alexander MP spoke about his current project – a 100km walk around the Bennelong electorate visiting schools, shopping centres and nursing homes to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research. He wants to raise $10K, and has already walked 109km with many more places yet to visit. Find out more and donate here.