Cockington Green Gardens supporting local charities through Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal

Published on 28 April 2021

Cockington Green Gardens is providing $5 from each admission and all the gold coin donation proceeds from train rides on Canberra Day, Monday 8th March to support this year’s Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal.

In addition to monies raised, there will be a collection point established for visitors to contribute non-perishable food items to help those families hit hard by the impacts of Coronavirus-COVID19 and other hardships confronting them. The non-perishable food items will support the vital work of Canberra City Care based in Charnwood in their quest to ease the burden on families in need.

Monies raised will be directed through the Hands Across Canberra to local charity, Raw Potential Canberra. Raw Potential Canberra has spent more than 30 years helping and supporting disadvantaged young people aged between 12-25 years since being founded by former ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice, Terry Higgins AO and a small group of other prominent Canberrans.
The attraction’s Canberra Day charity fundraiser has continued to grow since it launched the Dollars for Dili program which accompanied Canberra’s Centenary in 2013.

Cockington Green Gardens Director, Mark Sarah said, “Our commitment to supporting the disadvantaged and less well-off in our community has been part of our business model since first opening more than 40 years ago.”

“Since Dollars for Dili we have contributed around $40,000 to local charities from our Canberra Day activities alone supporting such organizations as Pegasus, Rise Up, Youth Care Canberra, Canberra City Care and Ronald McDonald House. Despite the difficulties our business has experienced over the past year from bushfires, smoke and Coronavirus-COVID19, we are pleased to do what we can to support Hands Across Canberra’s appeal this year which is doing so much to help people in our community who need lots of support,” added Mr. Sarah.

Raw Potential Canberra Chairman, Paul Kane, added, “The support by the family at Cockington Green Gardens is incredibly generous during what can only be described as a very difficult business trading time, especially for tourism business. It would be wonderful if the community not only supports the fundraising directed to Raw Potential Canberra but also support great local businesses like Cockington Green Gardens during this difficult time.”

Raw Potential Canberra will have its Outreach Vehicle on display at Cockington Green Gardens on Canberra Day and will also be providing additional information about its services.