CEO'S MESSAGE: February 2018

While the weather around the country may be telling us that summer is here to stay a bit longer, the summer holidays are indeed over for our partner schools, participating students and corporate and community partners who are already engaging with the Ardoch team to get our programs underway for the year.

During 2018, we are excited to be celebrating Ardoch’s 30th year of work and were honoured that our Founder, Kathy Hilton AO was named a Baton Bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay that reached Victoria earlier this month. Although a temporary injury prevented Kathy from participating in the end, we know that none were more disappointed than Kathy herself and that she was there in spirit for Ardoch.

While we have a lot of plans for our programs and activities in the year ahead it is worth taking a moment to acknowledge some of our achievements during 2017 that would simply not have been possible without you, our volunteers, donors, supporters and partner schools and early years services.

With your help, in 2017 Ardoch partnered with 87 schools and early years services, mobilised more than 1,600 volunteers to reach 11,710 children and young people through our programs.

2018 is shaping up to have just as much impact and we are delighted to have been successful in receiving three different grants from the Victorian Government to deliver various programs with some of our partner schools over the next two to three years. This marks some important progress against our strategic priority of extending our partnerships with government to help more children realise their potential through education.

However, as you know, 93 percent of Ardoch’s funding still comes from fundraising so it was with great excitement that our team of volunteer young professionals launched Ardoch’s Great Race 2018, which will take place on Saturday, 5th May in Melbourne.

This initiative of an educational ‘race around Melbourne’ that pits teams against one another as they raise funds for Ardoch really does put the fun in fundraising!   The race committee is chaired by Cheryl Sculthorp who was recently honoured with a Leadership Award at the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards for her work in developing this initiative.

I urge you to get behind this vital fundraising activity which last year raised a mighty $40,000 to support Ardoch’s work. Join us in Ardoch’s Great Race by registering a team or showing your support by donating to one of the competing teams.

On behalf of the Ardoch board and staff team I wish you all a prosperous and productive 2018 and we look forward to your continued support.