Melbourne, Thursday 11 October 2018

TFN Live Melbourne on Thursday 11 October 2018 was hosted by Clayton Utz. 

We'd like to thank Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Collier Charitable Fund who provided up to $30,000 matched funding for each of the pitching organisations.

It was a fun filled evening where we raised over $75,000 for the 3 local grassroots organisations from the generous crowd on the night. 

These programs are providing free education for Sudanese Australians, promoting social inclusion for disadvantaged sports teams, and building resilience through play for marginalised youth. Read more about the presenters below.   

To fulfil your pledge or if you missed it but would like to contribute to any or all of the organisations, please click here.

Thanks to our partners at Clayton Utz for generously hosting this event. 

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Please note that 10% of funds raised is retained by TFN in agreement with the NFPs pitching as a contribution to our operational costs.  

  1. Project #1: Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program (SAIL)

    The Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning program (SAIL) exists to provide free tutoring and educational support to the Sudanese Australian community. SAIL is run by a group of passionate volunteers that want to create a supportive community and a place to exchange cultures, stories and experiences. Their Saturday morning education programs not only offers tutoring to members of the Sudanese community, but importantly fosters positive relationships that are centred on a value of education. They are seeking funds to upgrade their  resources and training so they can continue to provide more educational support for Sudanese Australians.

    Meet the presenter: Achok Bieth, Overseeing Coordinator
    Achok believes that, regardless of background, everyone should be cared for when they are vulnerable. As a Social Sciences student at RMIT University, Achok has a strong interest in community service, public health and psychology. She strives to advocate on behalf of her community and promote the importance of education and mental health. 

  2. Project #2: Boots for All

    Boots for All is a non-profit organisation on a mission to dissolve barriers to sport and social inclusion across Australia by collecting and distributing sporting goods to disadvantaged teams across Australia. They also provide training and employment pathways for disadvantaged youth through their social enterprise sports store; Sport for All. They are seeking funding to provide 120 disadvantaged youth, many of whom are disabled or newly arrived refugees, with work experience and training so they can develop skills and be more socially and economically included.

    Meet the presenter: Joanne Rockwell, Co-Founder & CEO
    Joanne believes that with 1 in 4 Australian children overweight or obese, there is a strong need to increase participation in sport to create a healthier Australia, whilst also promoting social inclusion. After more than 20 years working in community development projects, Joanne is also passionate about providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth. 

  3. Project #3: The Venny

    The Venny was established in 1981 and is a communal backyard and adventure playground designed for children aged 5 to 16 years. It exists to support intercultural play, therapeutic support and social cohesion for children and young people who are experiencing social disadvantage and trauma in complex family environments. The Venny helps to build bridges of trust, increase life opportunities, build socio-emotional capacity for children and young people and break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. They are seeking funding to hire a new staff member to implement a new skills-building program for 30 young men.


    Meet the presenter: David Kutcher, General Manager
    As a creative arts therapist, David's vision is a community where all children and young people have the capacity, support and networks they need to participate fully in life and make positive, healthy choices. He has managed The Venny for the past 19 years, where he listens and responds to the needs of marginalised local children and youth and supporting them with development, growth, health, housing, education and advocacy.