Australia Day in Byron Shire 2020


Sports commentator and passionate advocate for heart health, Mr Andy Paschalidis, is the Byron Shire’s 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.

Mr Paschalidis will join Mayor Simon Richardson and invited guests on 25 January for the announcement of the Byron Shire 2020 Australia Day Award winners and then attend a number of community events on 26 January.

Mr Paschalidis is a sports commentator but it is for his work establishing the not-for-profit organisation, Heartbeat of Football, that he is really kicking goals.

He founded Heartbeat of Football (HoF) in 2016 after more than 10 amateur football players died in Australia in two years from heart-related incidents.

Since then HoF has partnered with Football NSW to create greater awareness of heart disease in the code, advocating for defibrillators to be located at all sporting grounds and conducting free testing, education and awareness sessions for players as well as coaches and spectators.

Council, through its Australia Day Community Small Grants program, is supporting a number of activities on 26 January including:






Brunswick Heads Breakfast in the Park – 32nd year

Mullumbimby Rotary Club

26 January 2020

Housie Tent, Banner Park, Brunswick Heads

7.00am – 10.00am

Survival Day

Sisters for Reconciliation

26 January 2020

Apex Park,

Byron Bay

11.00am -2.30pm

Byron Bay Breakfast in the Park

Rotary Club of Byron Bay

26 January 2020

Near Surf Club, Byron Bay

7.30am -11.00am

Ocean Shores Aussie BBQ and games

Ocean Shores Community Organisation

26 January 2020

Ocean Shores Public School

3pm – 6pm

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