Cockington Green Gardens director and operations manager, Mark Sarah has handed over $3,000 to local charity, Raw Potential Canberra (formerly Youth Care Canberra), as part of the generous support received from the local community for the attraction’s annual Canberra Day fundraiser.
This year saw just on $6,000 raised from the special gold coin donation entry fee to support both Raw Potential Canberra and Canberra City Care. The takings from this successful event were split evenly between both worthy charity recipients.
In handing over the money to Raw Potential Canberra chairman, Paul Kane, Mark said, “We have had incredible support over the past six years for our Canberra Day fundraiser and to know that the money raised is able to stay in the local community supporting local people who are often desperately in need help gives us a great deal of satisfaction.”
“When we commenced our Canberra Day fundraiser in 2013 to coincide with the Centenary of Canberra, little did we know that a few short years on we would have been able to give back more than $30,000 to the local community. This is a day when we ask locals to come and help themselves to a very cheap family day out while at the same time helping out the less fortunate in our community,” added Mark.
Raw Potential Canberra commenced life in Canberra over 30 years ago and today operates under the vision of empowering disadvantaged youth by providing non-judgemental support and opportunities for a bright future, and to help break the cycle of poverty and setting their clients on a course that allows them to realise their raw potential and worth.
In receiving the funds, Paul Kane said, “As a small local charity, I am proud to say that we have achieved some incredible results for young at-risk people in our community and made possible by the outstanding support of businesses like Cockington Green.
“We have a very high conversion rate in terms the amount of money we receive. Over 95% of that money gets spent on our critical programs and this is important to our supporters and to our hardworking outreach workers who are providing much-needed help to these at-risk young people,” concluded Paul.
For more information on the work of Raw Potential Canberra, visit rawpotential.com.au.