Tomorrow Today’s recent Annual Celebration, held at the Lakeside Community Centre, attracted a large gathering that included donors, community and school partners, interested community members, and volunteers.
A number of funding partners from Melbourne also attended the evening: The Ian Potter Foundation was represented by Senior Program Manager, Dr Alberto Furlan; and Sylvia Admans, CEO of the RE Ross Trust was accompanied by Trustees, Geoff Nicholson and Jeremy Kirkwood.
Jeremy Kirkwood, who joined the Ross Trust board in August, grew up in Benalla and will be well known to many locals.
“With my family history so strongly bound to Benalla, I was absolutely thrilled to discover, as a new Trustee with the RE Ross Trust, that Tomorrow Today Foundation is a national leader in community philanthropy,” Mr Kirkwood said.
The work of the Foundation was powerfully highlighted when Executive Officer, Pat Claridge, interviewed two students and their respective mums. The transformation of young lives thanks to activities such as the community mentoring program, “Connect9”, Paid Part-time Work training and “Hands on Learning” was clearly demonstrated.
The Chair Sally Gamble reported on the past year, celebrating the willingness of local people to come together to support a stronger future.
Ten years ago the ‘Vinson Report’ identified that improving educational outcomes for Benalla’s children was the best way to turn around the high level of social disadvantage in Benalla. Education Benalla Program Convenor, Liz Chapman OAM, spoke about the collaborations across the public, private and community sectors in Benalla that are resulting in positive change.
For further information about Tomorrow Today, or to view our 2017 annual report and new video, go to www.tomorrowtoday.com.au