Message from the Chief Executive
Here we are at the start of Term 3, just over half way through 2018 – and what a year it has been so far. We are on track to graduate over 800 students across at least 56 Personal Leadership Programs this year, which will be a huge increase on 2017. Thanks for all your support which makes this possible and allows us to reach more young people in need.
If you came along to one of our graduation ceremonies last month, I’m sure you’ll agree they were, as always, moving and inspiring. With 18 programs, this term has set the record for the most programs we have ever run in a single term. I wanted to thank our team for their dedication to ensuring that each and every one was a success, and also to thank our schools for their commitment to our program and their students.
To support our programs fundraising remains busy, our annual Golf Day has come and gone, and yet again it was a great success with the whole event raising a record $85,000 +. Coming up we have a lot of opportunities for you to support our cause. Later this month thanks to our presenting partner Audi Solitaire we will hold our Masquerade Ball. Held on August 31st at the Queens Theatre, this ball is set to be extra special, with our graduates taking centre stage and performing for our guests. On the night we will also draw our Parisian Luxury Lottery which includes a seven night luxurious stay in a Parisian apartment plus economy return airfares for two people to Paris worth over $8,000! Tickets are $50 and available by clicking here or on the night.
Next week, on August 9th, we launch TransformARTive at Plant 4, Bowden. There you will find the iconic Sherrin footy transformed into a work of art by over 100 of our favourite artists, sports and SA personalities. The line-up for the exhibition reads much like a Hall of Fame list, with legends of the game such as Russell Ebert and Malcolm Blight to current players Tex Walker, Eddie Betts and Paddy Ryder; even footballer turned artist Gavin Wanganeen is creating a ball. It’s not all about footy legends though with Premier Steven Marshall involved, along with tennis great Lleyton Hewitt, world number one Simona Halep and Master Chef Judge Matt Preston also creating designs.
As we look to the end of the year, we will once again be holding our Stars in the Garden lunch on December 1st at the home of Robert and Melanie Champion de Crespigny. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our host and Board Member, Melanie Champion de Crespigny, who is the current City of Walkerville Citizen of the Year an accolade she received in part for the fantastic work with us and the Stars in the Garden event.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who generously donated to our recent Riverland appeal. Empowering young people like Jack, who featured in the appeal, to overcome adversity and thrive, despite life’s overwhelming challenges, is Youth Opportunities’ mission and we are grateful for the community of supporters who make that happen.
Finally, we know we’ve been in touch quite a lot lately – between graduation invitations, scholarships news, and events – but we have had a very busy few months and wanted to share with you all the achievements and initiatives we have. Please stay with us as we try to streamline our communication.
Peter Carey, Chief Executive