Hands Across Canberra Launch a Success

Published on 24 November 2010

The concept of telling Canberrans that there is need, that they are already generous and that an entirely new approach is possible is a complex story, and one which can be lost in translation if not told well. The launch of Hands Across Canberra on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) was very successful. Not only was the event a sell out, the idea of mixing business people with community organisations worked a treat with many hearing stories of need in our community for the first time. Of the 300 guests, approximately 45 businesses, 45 community organisations and six government departments were represented.

All the speakers added to the collective understanding. As expected, Alex Sloan was an enthusiastic and influential Master of Ceremonies. The Deputy Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA spoke as only she can about need and community and the CEO of Social Ventures Australia, Michael Traill shared stories that were utterly compelling and relevant. The inaugural Hands Across Canberra Foundation Chair, Allan Williams also responded with a telling contribution.

The event also launched the Hands Across Canberra Giving Portal designed for Canberra’s community service organisations to profile themselves and start attracting online donations. Community organisations are encouraged to look at the website and Register your profile.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the initial contributions to the Foundation. Dean Hall, ACT Branch Secretary of the CFMEU announced a $50,000 donation and John Hindmarsh of Hindmarsh donated $10,000. We were also pleased to announce that approximately $15,000 in proceeds from the event will be donated to the Foundation.

The event and the initial donation was made possible by the support of the corporate table sponsors:



ACT Health

Aspen Medical

Canberra Airport

Canberra Business Council


CIC Australia Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Decca Building Group

Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services

Dickson Tradies

Fish and Nankivell Executive Search

King O’Malley’s Irish Pub


Master Builders Association (ACT)

Minter Ellison

Woden Tradies

Village Building Company Limited