Max Potential Final Showcase Aug 2018

Maximimising Happiness

While most year 11 students have been simply trying to adjust to the difference in expectations from junior to senior school this year, there has been a group of 25 emerging young leaders across the Wyong Shire in 9 high schools who in addition to navigating this transition have participated in the world-class coaching program, Max Potential.  The program is undertaken over 22 weeks from March to August and connects young adults with volunteer local community leaders who are trained community coaches. The program which has operated for over 10 years is structured to inspire and develop personal leadership through one-on-one coaching, workshops, guest lectures, and a focus on delivering community service projects to make a difference in the local region.

Gorokan High School year 11 student, Charlotte McMurtrie, was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Max Potential Program this year. With the wonderful assistance of her personal coach, Dr Kylie Twyford from Northlakes-Toukley Rotary, Charlotte’s community service project was focused on lending a helping hand to ill children and their families.

Charlotte was inspired by personal experiences of being very unwell as a toddler, as well as the overwhelming number of peers that shared similar stories throughout their childhood and adolescence.

The feeling of isolation and ‘missing out’ seems to be universal among sick children, and to combat this, Charlotte organised donation drives throughout the Wyong Shire, in order to create gift packs to entertain and brighten the lives of ill children and relieve some stress from their families while at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Gosford Hospital.

From the generosity of the school and community through the donated goods, a total of 23 gift packs were presented this week, along with $357 raised from the students and staff of Gorokan High School, to Ronald McDonald Family Room. Jenny Abourizk, Family Room Coordinator, was thrilled with the donations, “Sixty-two percent of our visitors to the family room at Gosford are from the Wyong Shire, so it is fantastic to see a young person giving back to other young people from their area.”

Charlotte hopes to create a legacy through continuing this initiative over the coming years at Gorokan High School, a school that aims to cultivate a ‘culture of success’.

Max Potential was created in partnership with the Clubs peak industry association – ClubsNSW – and is supported by not-for-profit registered Clubs throughout NSW, along with local organisations such as the Wyong Rugby League Club Group, AVS Windows and Doors, and the Rotary Clubs of Northlakes-Toukley, Wyong, and The Entrance. Charlotte is very grateful for her scholarship to participate in the program, “Without the sponsors and their continued support of the Max Potential program, young adults would not be able to create such immense change for themselves and for the benefit of others and our community.” 

Charlotte also appreciated Ronald McDonald Family Room Gosford for their cooperation, stating “I’ve always admired the work of the Ronald McDonald foundation and to be able to support our local community through this fantastic service was an extremely fulfilling experience that I will always cherish”.

All the community service projects undertaken by the young adults during their Max Potential program were showcased at Wyong Leagues Club on Monday afternoon to allow sponsors, family, and school representatives to see the contribution they had made to their community. Certificates of participation and appreciation to young adults, coaches and sponsors were presented by Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride MP, and state Member for Wyong, David Harris MP.

To learn more about Max Potential as either a participant, volunteer coach or sponsor visit the website: or contact the Central Coast coordinator, Julie Stevens,