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This year has been challenging for so many Australians due to COVID-19, and the level of uncertainty has caused widespread upheaval. It is for this reason that our Stars in the Garden committee have made the difficult decision to cancel Stars in the Garden for this year.

Stars in the Garden has only been successful in the past because of people, such as you, who have attended and given generously. And, this year, while we are not able to all come together in a physical sense, we can all still come together in our support and give to Youth Opportunities.

Robert and Melanie Champion de Crespigny have once again offered to match donations raised up to $85,000, as they continue to demonstrate their commitment to our cause, and in making a positive impact on the lives of all young South Australians experiencing adversity.

In addition to this, the Day Family Foundation has generously pledged to match donations up to $35,000 on top of the de Crespigny’s contribution, recognising that young people need access to our programs and services now more than ever.

Now more than ever, it is our youth who are already experiencing severe levels of disadvantage and challenges to their mental wellbeing who are going to be at greatest risk of falling further behind. Youth Opportunities’ ability to support them is only limited by the funds required to do so. It costs $1,000 for a student to access the life-changing Personal Leadership Program, or $18,000 for a whole graduating class.

Together with your support, the Stars in the Garden community can ensure that hundreds more young people can access this vital service next year and provide an early intervention so they can become positive contributors to society.

Please consider giving generously.

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