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Nearly 300 people from business, government and local community organisations gathered to hear an inspiring address from Mr Myer focused on the incredible impact philanthropy is having around the world and in Australia.
The Hands Across Canberra Foundation celebrated by handing over more than $50,000 in grants to eight Canberra community groups.
Since it was formed in 2010, Hands Across Canberra has donated over $150,000 to community organisations to bring about lasting change for the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our region. Minister for Disabilities Joy Burch was also a guest at the lunch and assisted in celebrating the grants.
Rupert Myer AM delivered the keynote speech with his insights into what a generous community might actually look like. Rupert Myer is one of Australia’s most generous people and he is involved with a variety of organisations doing good works such as through his role as Chair of The Australia Council and a key member for other groups such as Creative Partnerships Australia and Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships. Rupert is a Director of the Myer Foundation, one of the major philanthropic foundations in Australia. See more on Rupert's speech and a video of part of it
The lunch raised money for local community organisations through corporate table sponsorship and fundraising on the day. Corporate sponsors mixed with community organisations at the lunch to explore the possibility of working together. Sandra Lambert, the Deputy Chair of the Hands Across Canberra Board said, “unlocking the goodwill and generosity of our business community is at the core of Hands Across Canberra. If people really understood the need they would get even more involved”.
The enthusiasm of the local business community to get involved in local good causes is growing and the lunch foreshadowed the prospect of major donations which will be announced in the near future. These donations are only made possible through the support of individuals who donate to the Foundation and the Corporate Table Sponsors at our Annual Events - we are very grateful to the 2013 Sponsors (see who they are here!)
READ MORE about the eight Canberra based organisations that received grants at the lunch: Communities@Work, Menslink, Asthma Foundation of ACT, Uniting Care Canberra City – Early Morning Centre, Karralika Programs Inc, The Tongan Association of Canberra and Queanbeyan, Marymead and Women With Disabilities ACT.
“Hands Across Canberra was launched in November 2010 and today there are over 100 organisations profiled on our website,” said Mr Allan Williams, Chair of the Hands Across Canberra Foundation.
“Much has happened with Hands Across Canberra since we launched this unique approach to local generosity three years ago. The organisation is incorporated and we recently were awarded tax status as a charity - taking us from a great idea to something meaningful and permanent.
“For three years now we have been listening to the needs of our local community organisations, and also to individuals and businesses. We are now looking at ways that we might help to overcome some of the barriers to community groups working with businesses to achieve great things in our town.
“I encourage everyone to consider planning your generosity – one way is by becoming a Hands Across Canberra Foundation Member, which can transform our mission to help organisaitons to build their capacity to do great work.
“I am delighted to be presenting this support to such deserving organisations. Hands Across Canberra aims to continue to build its philanthropic funds to be able to support more and more local community organisations in the future, particularly those that find it difficult to attract government or other funding” Mr Williams said.
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