Great partnership to help rebuild young lives

Great partnership to help rebuild young lives


Anglicare and Property Industry Foundation recently hosted a corporate luncheon at the Sofitel Hotel in the Brisbane CBD, raising $30,000 for construction of the Play and Grow Centre at the Toowong home-away-from- homelessness facility.

The lunch was held in conjunction with the Property Industry Foundation, which aims to make a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness.  This is achieved by partnering with respected charities to build safe environments and support charity-managed initiatives focused on education, employment and wellbeing.

Guests included the Chair of the Anglican Community Services Commission Cathy Grant, The Rev'd Canon Linda McWilliam, Director of Mission and Social Justice and Carol Birrell, Services Manager, Homelessness Services Women and Family Supportive Accommodation as well as members of Brisbane’s corporate world.

At the event also Property Industry Foundation presented Anglicare with a cheque for $60,000, representing funds raised at a previous event. The funds will also go to the Play and Grow Centre at Toowong. This represented the commitment of both organisations to rebuild young lives.

Emma O’Neill, Commercial and Events Manager, Property Industry Foundation QLD said the lunch was a great way for people in the industry to make a practical difference to disadvantaged young people.

“This is about providing a positive learning experience to the young people at the centre,” she said.

The event featured a Q&A panel with two of the state’s most significant sports industry figures, Brisbane Lions Chairman Bob Sharpless and Queensland Reds CEO Richard Barker.

During the session, both men were quizzed on their plans for growth, the role of women in their respective sports and their own learnings from the corporate world.

Anglicare’s $6.5 million 24-bed facility for homeless women in Toowong was opened in 2015 and continues to provide those in need with a stable environment and a roof over their heads.