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Canberra Day charity fundraiser a big success

Cockington Green - April 11, 2023

Cockington Green Gardens’ annual Canberra Day charity fundraiser has been a big success in 2023.

The fundraiser which was held in conjunction with the Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal provided almost $9,500 to local charity, Raw Potential Canberra and was considered one of the best corporate ideas held alongside the Giving Day Appeal.

Raw Potential Canberra has been operating in Canberra since 1987 after being set up by former Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, The Hon. Terrence Higgins, AO and a small group of local businessmen. The charity looks after young people aged 12-25 years-old either dealing with homelessness, at risk of homelessness and often facing other traumas such as domestic violence and abandonment.

Hands Across Canberra Chief Executive Officer, Peter Gordon, announced that the Giving Day appeal raised $835,000 and was thrilled at the initiatives taken by local businesses and organizations such as Cockington Green Gardens, Grease Monkey and Master Builders ACT.

Raw Potential Canberra chairman, John Miller, has expressed the heartfelt appreciation of the board to Cockington Green Gardens for their generosity and willingness to support local charity where there is a great deal of need to maintain vital programs.

“Our outreach works simply cannot do the incredibly important and valuable work they do without the generosity of businesses such as Cockington Green Gardens. Every dollar we raise makes a difference in the lives of so many young people who in so many cases never get the start in life that most of us take for granted,” said John.

“Coming off of a couple of devastating years financially for the tourism industry as a result of COVID-19, for Cockington Green to give up their takings on one day as well as giving locals the opportunity to see the attraction at a fraction of their normal price is an incredibly generous thing to do, “concluded John.

Since Cockington Green Gardens commenced the Dollars for Dili fundraiser on Canberra Day to coincide with the Canberra Centenary in 2013, more than $60,000 has been raised on Canberra Day for local charities.