Local charities receive hefty donation from Premier’s community fundraiser

Huge boost for Bushlink
January 21, 2015
Bushlink interviewed by Melbourne radio 3CR
January 21, 2015

Local charity, Fighting Chance, dedicate their time to finding employment for young people with disabilities. They’re also one of two charities who have just received much needed funding from a community fundraiser held by New South Wales Premier and Local MP, Mike Baird.

The fundraiser, held late last year, raised over $80,000, with all proceeds going directly to Fighting Chance and another local charity, Bushlink.

Mr Baird said the two charities — both of whom provide employment solutions for people with disabilities — were highly deserved of the funding.

“Both organisations make such an incredible difference, not only do they provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities, but they’re also helping to break down the barriers by educating us on how we can become a more inclusive community,” said Mr Baird.

Chief Executive Officer of Fighting Chance, Laura O’Reilly, said they are now able to purchase brand new technology equipment for their high school program.

“We’ve got a big order in for an $11,000 scanner and orders waiting for joysticks. The equipment is expensive but that’s what this money allows us to buy. It lets us get people with disability in to work.”

Forced to borrow a car to get to and from contract jobs, Bushlink now has the necessary funding to buy a company car, and also expand to three working days a week.

“It’s a real boost for us. We’ve basically just been trying to survive, and now we’re in a position to really grow and develop and ultimately help more people,” said Bushlink Team Leader, Cathy Hockey.

Alison Marks, Manly Daily
21 January 2015

Local charities receive hefty donation from Premier’s community fundraiser