Community Events

We Want Recognition

The Wayside Chapel is pleased to invite you to We Want Recognition.

2014 Australians of the Year unite to support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

Adam Goodes

Australian of the Year & anti-racism activist

Fred Chaney

Senior Australian of the Year & reconciliation advocate

Rev. Graham Long

NSW Local Hero & Wayside Chapel CEO and Pastor

Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014
Time: 10am (followed by a tour of Wayside’s Aboriginal Project)
Location: Community Hall, The Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes Street, Potts Point NSW
RSVP Monday 12 May 2014 to

View the invite.

Adam Goodes, Fred Chaney and Graham Long will come together to speak on the importance of Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians in the lead up to a
much anticipated referendum.

For more details about this event, contact Anna Partridge at or 0434 136 651.

We Want Recognition is proudly supported by:


Australian of the Year Speaker Profiles

ADAM GOODES, Australian of the Year 2014

AFL player and community leader

An Andyamathanha man, Adam Goodes is a champion Australian Rules football player with the Sydney Swans. Adam holds an elite place in AFL history, winning two Brownlow Medals and two premierships. He is a four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century, and has represented Australia in the International Rules Series. Adam is proud of his Indigenous heritage, and is actively involved with several Indigenous sport and community programs. He has spent time working with troubled youth, including those in youth detention centres. Together with his cousin and former teammate Michael O’Loughlin, Adam established the Go Foundation which empowers the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life. Adam co-chairs the foundation, focused on promoting education, employment and healthy lifestyles. Adam is a great role model and advocate for the fight against racism both on and off the field and is admired by a great many people around the nation.

FRED CHANEY AO, Senior Australian of the Year 2014

Reconciliation advocate

Fred Chaney’s hard work in support of often marginalised people has never faltered. As founding co-chair of Reconciliation Australia and an early advocate for Aboriginal voting rights, Fred’s contribution includes establishing the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and between 1978-80 sat as Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. For many years, Fred was Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal and, more recently, is Chair of Desert Knowledge Australia and chaired the Board of Central Desert Native Title services. He was instrumental in establishing the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, which supports Indigenous young people to reach their potential. Fred’s long history of public service is rooted in his fierce commitment to social justice and a belief in the inherent equality of people. In all his leadership roles, Fred inspires others to work collaboratively, respectfully and ambitiously to overcome the barriers that inhibit people’s full economic and social participation in Australian society.


The Wayside Chapel CEO and Pastor

When the Reverend Graham Long joined the Wayside Chapel a decade ago as its pastor and Chief Executive Officer, it was a shadow of its former glory. The hub for Sydney’s socially marginalised, the Wayside Chapel was on the verge of bankruptcy, service delivery was spasmodic, its buildings were dilapidated and its existence was seriously under threat. Graham’s inspired leadership, commitment and extraordinary ability to connect with all people has rejuvenated the Wayside Chapel and it is now a flourishing refuge of love and optimism. With a philosophy of ‘love over hate’, Graham has touched and transformed the lives of thousands of Australians. Graham leads a team of 32 staff and more than 500 volunteers who deliver programs and activities for more than 75,000 visitors each year. He has helped drug addicts and alcoholics, chronic gamblers, victims of domestic violence and people who suffer from mental illness. Graham’s extraordinary gift has been to again make Wayside a hopeful place for everyone to visit.


Coming Up

Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo - 24 May at 2pm

The Justice Campaign is hosting an event at The Wayside Chapel on 24 May at 2pm as part of the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo. A screening of the film, The Road to Guantanamo, will be following by a discussion with former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks and Wayside Pastor and CEO, Rev. Graham Long. More details:

Memorial Garden Rememberance Event - 26 May at 10.30am

On Monday, 26 May at 10.30am you are invited to the official opening of a newly-created Memorial Garden at Wayside. The garden will act as a place of rememberance for members of our community who are no longer with us. Everyone is welcome to honour the lives of those they've lost by placing a lock on the fence of the garden. An engraver will be onsite at the event to engrave names and tributes onto the lock. View the invite.

Adventure the Andes with Wayside


Previous Community Events

Community Book Launch of Love Over Hate 2013

Gutter Philosophy 2013

Mardi Gras 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Christmas Day Street Party 2012

The Wayside Chapel Grand Opening 2012

Mardi Gras 2012

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