Hands Across Canberra making a difference to children at risk

Published on 07 November 2011

Mr Allan Williams, Chair of the Hands Across Canberra Foundation, today presented the Child at Risk Health Unit (CARHU) with a $50,000 cheque to improve its services to vulnerable children. The ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA received the cheque on behalf of CARHU.

CARHU is the first beneficiary of Hands Across Canberra Foundation funding.

“The Hands Across Canberra Foundation is excited to be giving out its first contribution to such a worthwhile organisation as the Children at Risk Health Unit”, Mr Williams said.

“CARHU provides an extremely important service. I look forward to seeing the tremendous projects and services that arise out of this funding, which I trust will have positive outcomes for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community.

“This support would not have been possible without the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and its members who made the first generous donation to the Hands Across Canberra Foundation at our launch last year.

“Hands Across Canberra was established to help community organisations to build their capacity to do their good work. I have seen firsthand, through my work with community organisations, how creating awareness around particular needs in a community can lead to increased support to do more and better things for people who are suffering or struggling.

Hands Across Canberra hopes to build its philanthropic funds to be able to support more local community organisations in the future, particularly those that find it difficult to attract government or other funding,” Mr Williams said.

There are already 65 organisations profiled on the Hands Across Canberra website that people can donate to. The Foundation will announce further funding to local community service organisations for worthy projects at its Annual Lunch Event on Tuesday 29 November 2011. The keynote address will be given by Dr David Kennedy, Director of Australian Philanthropic Programmes, The Atlantic Philanthropies, which is dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

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