Hands Across Canberra Foundation Lunch @ Hotel RealmShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Hands Across Canberra is a foundation that shares fundraising dollars across a wide range of charitable causes and unique efforts by so many, to give a hand to those in need. It’s the kind of philanthropy that takes the small as well as the large donations and turns them into a funding formula to amortize the costs for cash strapped organisations.
It’s the feel good event of the year when the foundation links the charities with business and the corporate world at a round table lunch to talk, offer advice and support, and learn about each other in the spirit of caring for those who might slip under the radar of the networks. This city can be proud of its willingness to donate, to know where that money is going and how it will be used is vital to the success of Hands Across
Canberra as we get to know the exceptional Canberrans who give and do so much for the community.
The initial idea for the foundation was a three year effort by former Chief Executive of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services Sandra Lambert and she would have been so proud to see the hundreds gathered at The Realm this year after the initial 2010 launch at EPIC. Each lunch has had a significant speaker, known for their charitable efforts and abilities to keep their foundations innovative and flourishing and while the recent allocation by Mark Zuckerberg of 99% of his astounding fortune to a foundation takes your breath away it reminds us that together we can build our own version with targeted giving on the Hands Across Canberra website.
Charles Curran is a business man, philanthropist, former stockbroker founder of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and a yachtsman with a formidable range of positions as chairman, director and membership of more boards than you can imagine this generous man could find time for. As guest speaker his wisdom and ideas for the continuing growth of Hands cross Australia was a fillip for the foundation’s aspirations.
The recipients of this year’s funding were a broad cross section of community organisations and included some familiar names with beryl WOMEN Inc, Karinya House, Menslink and Uniting Care among them, but to continue the support you too can donate to Hands Across Canberra via their website and it makes a great way to ameliorate the need for onerous fundraising that can and does debilitate the real work of our Canberra charities.