2011, 2012 and 2013: Cheryl & Jono named Ambassadors for ‘Bang On A Beanie’ campaign. ‘Bang On A Beanie’ is a joint effort between Synapse and the consortium of Brain Injury Associations across Australia. Cheryl and her son, Jonathan as joint Ambassadors for the campaign to raise awareness of brain injury disability and raise funds to help support the more than 1.6 million Australian families affected by Acquired Brain Injury.
Buy and wear a blue beanie and show your support for those affected, their family and friends. All money raised helps fund accommodation for young people and educational resources for families.
For more info visit BANGONABEANIE.
May 2011: Hope Channel: ‘Defying the Odds’. Rochelle Fraser interviews Cheryl and Jonathon Koenig about making a difference in other people’s lives.
Jan 2011:Cheryl named a Life Member ofBrain Injury Australia, NSW (BIANSW) in recognition of her outstanding contribution in raising awareness of ABI.
24 Aug 2010:Cheryl helps raise $8,800 for Brain Injury Australia (BIA) at Canberra Raiders charity match.
At a Canberra Raiders charity match on 24 July, Cheryl Koenig organised a campaign to raise awareness and support for Brain Injury Australia (BIA).
Her son, Jonathan, ran on to the field with the team, wearing a specially designed jersey with the ‘Brain Injury Australia’ Logo.
The signed jerseys were then auctioned off, with proceeds of $8,800 being donated to BIA.
Aug 2010: ABC Radio – Conversations with Richard Fidler: Cheryl Koenig talks about traumatic brain injury.
March 2009:Cheryl is awarded ‘Woman of the Year by NSW Premier Nathan Rees. Announcing the award the Minister for Women, Verity Firth MP said: “Ms Koenig’s devotion to the cause of brain injury awareness is one of the finest examples of selfless citizenship I have ever seen.”, “Cheryl] is an inspiration to all of us, delivering hope and strength to people with traumatic brain injury, their families and anyone who has experienced a tragic event.…“Not only has she cared for her son Jonathon for the past 11 years, she has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness of brain injury by writing books and volunteering much of her free time to improving brain injury services.”
June 2008:Cheryl represents Australia in Brazil at the 5th Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation is being held in Brazil in July 2008. Cheryl was asked to submit an abstract to speak at the Symposium and her abstract was accepted by the Worldwide Neurospychological Selection Panel. Cheryl will represent Australia at the international event.
- Cheryl with the Minister for Women, Verity Firth and the NSW Premier Nathan Rees.
Nov 2008: Cheryl is presented the Sassy Award by Juanita Phillips, ABC News Presenter:”The winner of the Sassy Award for Strength of Purpose has written a wonderful book that is full of love, hope and proving that a mother’s love can move mountains. The book is ‘Paper Cranes’. “… Cheryl Koenig, you are an inspiration!” Australian author management agency, Selwa Anthony hosted their annual Sassy Awards (Selwa’s Authors’ Success Stories of the Year).
- Juanita Phillips from ABC News presented Cheryl with the Sassy Award for Strength of Purpose for her latest book, ‘Paper Cranes’.
April 2008:‘Paper Cranes’ book launch raises over $25,000.
The official launch of ‘Paper Cranes’ was held on Thursday 3 April 2008 at The Grand Roxy in Brighton Le Sands. Hosted by Glenn Wheeler (The Morning Show / 2UE) and attended by nearly 300 guests. The event was held as a fundraiser for brain injury services and was a phenomenal success with the support of local businesses that donated prizes and the generosity of guests on the night, over $20,000 was raised to help two organisations that provide essential services and support in the area of brain injury.
All proceeds from the event were donated to:
- ‘The Friendship Foundation’, a not-for-profit organisation set up to assist Carers and people who are socially disadvantaged due to chronic illness or injury.
- … and,’Head2Work’ (02 9602 4922), a specialised vocational training provider servicing people with Traumatic Brain Injury in southern and south-west Sydney.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who supported and attended the event, making it such a success.