What a joy it was to finally come together and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Foundation with 150 partners, colleagues and family, held on Ngunnawal land. It was a celebration for all of us – a chance to recognise the tremendous work of our partners, and an opportunity to share stories.
And what a lovely way to honour our Founder, Terry Snow AM who was a pioneer at the time, challenging the usual pathways to establish a foundation, so we’re thankful for his vision.
We continue to build on Terry’s initial vision and strive towards our purpose; to create opportunities and strengthen resilience for a more caring and inclusive community where everyone can thrive. We focus on minority, vulnerable and neglected groups, and we remain true to our values leading with humility and empathy, with a considered approach involving community and people with lived experience.
The Foundation was started by Terry and his brother George. Terry adds, “George and I had a pretty straightforward view; see someone struggling and give them a helping hand. Often – people need to be believed in, given a chance – and with our help they can succeed, particularly if they have a passion. A small amount can make a tremendous difference to someone at a particular time.”
Thank you to Selina Walker, a proud Ngunnawal Woman, for doing the Welcome to Country, and to our partners and panel speakers Cheryl O’Donnell – PCYC Canberra, Joe Kwon – Confit Pathways and Shanna Whan – Sober in the Country. Thank you to social enterprise GG’s Flowers for providing the beautiful flower arrangements.
To date we’ve assisted over 400 organisations and over 420 individuals with over $46 million in total giving. Thank you to everyone who has been part of our story and our journey, we are very excited for the years ahead.