September 2018: CEO's Message 

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Book Week, National Science Week, National Student Volunteer Week – if you’ve been following our social media you’ll have seen that it’s been a busy time at Ardoch. Each of these designated weeks are extraordinary opportunities for Ardoch to shine a light on the issue of educational disadvantage and how the literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programs that Ardoch offers and the volunteers we mobilise are making a difference to the educational outcomes of children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

Seeing a child participating in our seven-week Writer in Residence program shoot their hand up and say with urgency “I have a HUGE idea in my mind” or hearing one of our staff recount how they heard one student say to another after a Speed Careers event “I’ve changed my career so many times today!” is a testament to the aspirations that Ardoch’s programs foster. Our programs create memorable moments that spark imagination and encourage and engage children in learning and the world outside the one they already know.

We were privileged, along with 120 of our supporters, to be hosted by our Patron in Chief, Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Howard at Government House last month to celebrate 30 years since our founder, Kathy Hilton AO commenced Ardoch’s work. It was a terrific opportunity for our philanthropic and corporate partners, individual donors, volunteers, school and early years partners, board and staff share their own memorable moments with each other.

The celebrations continue this month with a special 30th Anniversary Giving Event that we hope many of you will be able to attend. You’ll have the opportunity to hear the Ardoch team present on three of our programs and be able to pledge your financial support for the work we are doing. For more details, please read more here. We would love to see you there.

Kylee Bates
Chief Executive Officer