Thank you to our generous host, the AMP Foundation, for a wonderful night in support of four outstanding nonprofits. In spite of the stormy Sydney weather we had a great turn out, a warm atmosphere and some real success for our projects.
Congratulations to Top Blokes Foundation, the Manjeri School Project, First Hand Solutions and Joiningthedots, who raised between them $68,300. Thank you to every person who showed support on the evening - both live and over the livestream and Twitter.
Read all about the event here: Contagious Giving
Top Blokes Foundation is a youth-led organisation that tackles the anti-social and risk-takingÂ behaviours of at-risk young men. Junior Top Blokes is an early-intervention 8-week peer-mentoring program for disadvantaged teenageÂ boys aged 14-17, aimedÂ at critical points within theirÂ prime risk-takingÂ stage. Program topics include: Risk Taking, Peer Pressure, Mental Health, AngerÂ Management, Online Behaviours (pornography, sexting, cyberbullying), Drugs/Alcohol and Goal-Setting. www.topblokes.org.auÂ
WatchÂ Melissa Abu-Gazaleh's 6-minute pitch.
Funds raised: $16,088
The Manjeri School Project is a youth run international development organisation that seeks to empower rural Ugandan communities through education and sustainable development practices. To achieve this the organisation has built up a primary school that delivers quality outcomes and seeded local enterprises that will fund the school into perpetuity. Â www.manjerischoolproject.org
WatchÂ Nick Harrington's 6-minute pitch.
Funds raised: $17,957
First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is based in La Perouse, their aim is to find hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Â The Back to Bush project is a cultural re-engagement program for AboriginalÂ youth aged between 9 and 14 who have offended, or who are at risk of offending, or in out-of-home care. The program engages and supports young Aboriginal malesÂ through culture and mentoring.Â www.firsthandsolutions.org/
WatchÂ Peter Cooley's 6-minute pitch.
Funds raised: $19,500
The vision of joiningthedots is to see communities become fully alive to the interconnections which lead to aÂ meaningful, sustainable life for the earth and its inhabitants. joiningthedots has initiated The Welcome DinnerÂ Project, bringing together newly arrived and established Australians in local homes, sharing food and rediscoveringÂ our common humanity. www.joiningthedots.org
WatchÂ Penny Elsley's 6-minute pitch.
Funds raised: $15,131