Get On-board with The Canberra Day Appeal

5 December 2019


We’re a proud supporter of Hands Across Canberra and we want you to support them too!

Hands Across Canberra is an independent community foundation that focuses on serving and giving back to more than 250 local community organisations. They create campaigns to encourage philanthropy and make it easier for Canberrans to give. 

Hands Across Canberra is working to:
  • Increase giving by making it easy for Canberrans to help other Canberrans

  • Increase resources to build the capacity of community organisations

  • Provide leadership and coordination for high impact solutions to community problems

  • Celebrate the community spirit and generosity that exists and provide public recognition for the work of philanthropists and service providers

The need in Canberra 

The ACT is generally perceived as a relatively well-off community; however, there are some concerning hidden realities about those with real need:

  • 1  in 200 people  are homeless, soaring 70% in the past five years to now be the second-highest in Australia

  • 1 in 7 households struggle to survive on a minimum income

  • 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health problem in any 12-month period

  • 1 in 6 young people have caring responsibilities

  • 1 in 25 people have severe or profound disabilities

While the government provides a range of services to these parts of our community, much of the assistance comes from community services organisations.  These organisations need continued financial assistance to maintain and increase their capacity to address increasing demand.  This is where Hands Across Canberra makes a difference; providing donated community funds to those organisations supporting Canberrans in need.

We are delighted to support and help raise awareness for their new Campaign, the Canberra Day Appeal. This holiday season Hands Across Canberra is calling on 100,000 people to raise their hand for Canberra and donate $10. The goal is to raise $1,000,000 by Canberra Day 2020 – your donation will make a positive impact and provide funds to those organisations that are in need. 

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