TFN Live Sydney in 12 June was an incredible event, generously hosted by AMP at their spectacular 25th floor Circular Quay location, this time during VIVID.
Pitching at this event were three incredible grassroots organisations at the forefront of social change. The presenters are part of AMP’s Tomorrow Makers – a group of inspiring individuals all working to create a better tomorrow.
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund provides $1 million in grants annually to amazing Australians who are doing great things in their community. The AMP Foundation generously matched pledges on the night, and over $270,000 was raised.
Please note that 10% of funds raised is retained by TFN in agreement with the NFPs pitching as a contribution to our operational costs.
Over 100 Australians go missing every day, with many remaining missing long-term. When someone goes missing, research shows at least 12 people are directly impacted – emotionally, psychologically and financially. MPAN creates awareness for missing persons while offering support to families and friends through two main ways; providing practical online advice on what to do when someone disappears and partnering with key industries to shine a light on the issue and the impact on those left behind. Find out more: mpan.com.au
Meet the presenter: Loren O’Keeffe, Founder and CEO
When Loren’s younger brother Dan disappeared in 2011, she left her role as an online communications advisor to launch what became the biggest campaign of its kind in the world. Identifying a gap, she founded MPAN to alleviate the practical, financial, emotional, and psychological toll on families of missing Australians.
Research shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. At the same time, many men report feeling socially disconnected and that they lack secure relationships outside of their immediate families. The Man Cave runs programs for adolescent boys (aged 12-16) that take a preventive, positive psychology and social-ecological approach to address the root causes of these issues. The organisation also develops and runs programs for other key influences on boys’ lives including parents, teachers and older male role models. Find out more: themancave.life
Meet the presenter: Hunter Johnson, CEO, The Man Cave
Hunter is the CEO of The Man Cave and is passionate about working with young people. Previously, he worked at The Foundation for Young Australians, co-managing Young Social Pioneers; Australia's leading incubator program for the country's top social entrepreneurs. Hunter has been recognised as a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader, 2017 Emerging Leader (Third Sector Australia) and 2017 Young Australian of the Year nominee.
Midnight Feast is an independent theatre company that enables actors, writers, production staff and performers experiencing significant physical, intellectual and emotional challenges to participate in the performing arts. At Midnight Feast, artists’ contributions are written into productions specifically to optimise the talents of each individual with a disability. The goal of Midnight Feast is to enable talented performers to reach their full potential as people and artists; participating and performing alongside their able bodied colleagues to audiences all around Australia. Find out more: midnightfeast.com.au
Meet the presenter: Kylie Harris, Founder and Artistic Director
Kylie is an accomplished actor, singer, writer and director. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Midnight Feast, which is currently theatre in residence at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Kylie has created and produced several original productions and is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia.