CEO Message

I am always humbled as a volunteer myself, outside of my work at Ardoch, when I receive a small acknowledgement or thank you recognising my contribution. It reminds me that I too AM a volunteer. This is easy to forget when you are enjoying what you are doing, and it is one reason why National Volunteer Week is so important to us at Ardoch. It is an opportunity for us to say thank you to each of our volunteers and acknowledge the positive impact that they are having on the engagement, aspirations and educational outcomes of children in disadvantaged communities.
 
We were thrilled to host or attend several volunteer events throughout the week and share our mutual commitment to volunteering. It was also my honour to represent Ardoch’s 1700-plus volunteers at Volunteering Australia’s National Volunteer Week Celebration hosted by the Governor General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). 
 
We know we could not make the impact that we do without the work of our volunteers. Therefore, it is fitting that in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, we confirmed a three-year funding commitment from Ian Potter Foundation and two private philanthropic foundations to enable us to deliver our award-winning Education Volunteer program in New South Wales later this year. This is exciting progress in the pursuit of Ardoch’s 2025 Strategy of growth.
 
Just as contributions of time are vital for Ardoch to achieve success, so too are the financial resources that enable us to develop and deliver programs to our partner schools and early years services.  We are grateful to the commitments of our ‘matched funders’ for Ardoch’s second Double Impact Day. We have set an ambitious target for our mid-year appeal this year and we know that with your help we can achieve it. Please get involved.  Make a donation and watch it DOUBLE before your very eyes!
 
Kylee Bates Chief Executive Officer