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Lighthearted March 2017

Dear friends,

There’s never a dull moment at Lighthouse. The young people enjoyed a generally happy summer with some extra fun fitness activities led by our Tino, Kane, and others in the care team. Once schools and universities went back in February, things became a bit quieter during the days at the Youth Resource Centre. The regular Friday afternoon Art Therapy Program has been gearing up once more and all members of our community are encouraged to join in this creative and collaborative experience. No previous artistic practice (or talent) is required, and we’d love to see all types of different people involved.

The team recently farewelled our long-serving Finance Manager, Helen Hutchison who has retired, and welcomed Jenny Gotz-Papillo to the important Finance Management role. We also farewelled our much-loved Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator, Fairlie Cottrill who is moving on to pursue her passions for research. Other newcomers include our new IT Support, Antonio Moco and several of our Respite Carers have progressed into permanent Carer roles. Please make them all welcome if you are visiting the Youth Resource Centre.

It has been a busy time in the Marketing and Fundraising department with some outstanding events being celebrated, such as the Magellan Dinner which raised over $31,000 and the Gala 25th Anniversary dinner for the Mothers and Babies Program which is scheduled for  Saturday June 17th at The Grand Hyatt. Our Patron-in Chief, Judge Anthony Howard, will also be holding a formal 25th Anniversary celebration and acknowledgment event at Government House in April.

It is also gratifying to see that several schools have also stepped up recently to be leaders in young people’s philanthropy and advocacy for their peers who are homeless. These schools, which include Bialik College, Scotch College, Lauriston Girls School, The King David School, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Camberwell Grammar School and Penleigh and Essendon Grammar have chosen to support Lighthouse. Each is undertaking a community contribution program which engages their students in learning about social issues, and learning how they can be empowered to make a difference. This gives great hope for the next generation of philanthropists growing up in our community. 

Our Delivery and Outcomes report: Lighting The Way, is currently at the printer’s and will soon be available. This significant publication is a source of great pride for Lighthouse and is the first of its kind. As a crowd-funded project, contributed to by a group of our strongest supporters, this report may well be a game-changer for Lighthouse, in influencing the way all young people in out-of-home care are supported with therapeutic practice. Please make contact if you would like an early copy of this report as a soon as it is received in the Youth Resource Centre next week.

With gratitude,

Simon Benjamin


Magellan Raises $31,000 for Lighthouse

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 1.28.53 pmMagellan Financial Group’s investor gala dinner has helped to raise over $31,000 for Lighthouse. Thanks go to Magellan and our wonderful Springvale Committee Chair, Claire Williams, for nominating Lighthouse as a beneficiary of this event.

Over 2,000 guests gathered for a night of insights and information about investing and the future of technology in the sector. The gala focused on the question ‘Where are we headed?’ and generated interesting discussions from leading industry experts.

Lighthouse gratefully acknowledges Magellan Financial Group for this kind and generous contribution.


Celebrate With Us

Lighthouse Foundation Gala 17 June 2017Join our Mums ‘n Bubs Committee for a night of glamour, entertainment and fun, to help raise vital funds to support Lighthouse’s Young Parents Program.

This is a great way to celebrate our 25th year of Lighthouse.

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017

Location: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Savoy Ballroom

Time: 7:00PM

Tickets: $160, https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=243104 or by calling 03 9093 7500 during business hours.

*All proceeds from the evening support Lighthouse’s Young Parent Program. 



Keeping It Fresh

HerbalifeOur friends from Herbalife Nutrition volunteered their time recently to learn about the important work we do. They prepared a delicious lunch for our young people and team.

Herbalife is committed to helping us achieve our mission and instil healthy lifestyle and nutrition across all our homes and teach useful life skills to our young people.

Herbalife help to fund fresh food supplies and cooking sessions for our Carers and staff, as well as provide our young people with opportunities to develop food preparation skills.


Our Norway Network

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.37.16 pmSix guests from a network of European organisations called ‘Interpharus’ literally meaning ‘Lighthouse Foundation’ in their respective languages, recently visited Lighthouse as part of an information and learning exchange partnership.

Interpharus run high quality foster care programs and have begun work in the residential care sector with a model similar to Lighthouse’s in Norway.

Our guests, Peer, Kjell and Falko, enjoyed learning about our organisation and having deep discussions about therapeutic care and community-based organisations.

Our Founder Susan Barton AM visited Interpharus in the UK in 2012 when on a research tour of global therapeutic organisations. It was wonderful to return the favour by hosting our guests and teaching them about our outcomes-driven Model of Care, including showing them around our Youth Resource Centre and one of our homes.

To learn more about their therapeutic circle of professionals, visit: http://www.interpharus.org/.



We're Looking Good

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.36.49 pmThank you to our exceptional merchandise supplier Mibrands Promotional Products who generously supplied us with branded t-shirts, aprons, caps, lanyards, balloons, pens and lapel pins to equip our Community Committees and fundraisers.

We adore the bright orange and crisp white stock and will have most items available for purchase via 03 9093 7500 or on offer at our upcoming events and fundraisers. We can’t wait to take our first giant group volunteer photo at our next Community Committee events too.

Thank you Mibrands and a big shout out to Cheryl who helped to pull this large order together in record time.


Mini Makeover

Fenton DonationBig shout out to Fenton & Fenton who donated the most incredible array of homewares and furniture for our homes and Youth Resource Centre recently.

Their generous gift has brightened the spaces and lives of our young people and community at Lighthouse.

Gorgeous homewares, decorative pieces, cushions, lights, washing machines, dryers and furniture have given our spaces a makeover. These cool, vibrant pieces help create a sense of ‘home’ and give our young people the opportunity to decorate with style.

We are so grateful for your generosity and kindness Fenton and Fenton.

Make sure to visit their website to purchase your own beautiful style pieces: http://www.fentonandfenton.com.au/.


Committees In Action

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 12.08.43 pmOur Community Committees have been busy with East Malvern & Bonbeach Barefoot Bowls raising $2,500, the Springvale raffle was drawn recently, raising over $3,500 and our Kensington Committee won their Grill’d Local Matters competition. First prize in the Springvale raffle went to Brett Collins and second prize Paula O’Toole.

Our Bonbeach dinner fundraiser is coming up on Sat 8 April at St Cloud Eating House and our new Coburg North Committee is set to host their first BBQ fundraiser at their local Coles Sat 18 March.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for further updates and news from our wonderful Committees.


Leave Us a Legacy

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 12.01.01 pmThrough bequesting a gift to Lighthouse Foundation, you can make a profound change to the life of a young person who has experienced severe trauma, abuse and neglect. You may never meet the person whose life your kindness changes, but they will never forget you. Our committed Bequest Manager is here to help guide you through the process.

Contact Michelle Michie on 03 9093 7500 or via michellem@lighthousefoundation.org.au to arrange a home visit meeting or telephone call to discuss your gift.

Every bequest ensures Lighthouse’s financial sustainability and means that we are able to assist many more homeless young people to rebuild their lives.