Canberra Long Lunch raises $120,000-plus for Homeless Youth

Peter and Sue Maloney, The Chappell Foundation’s splendid Canberra supporters, have excelled again.

This year’s Maloney’s Long Lunch raised a record of more than $120,000 for the Foundation’s campaign against youth homelessness.

Their 2019 function raised almost $94,000.

Sue and Peter gathered 100 generous friends at the Hellenic Club of Canberra on October 8 for the latest of their famous fundraiser lunches.

Test great Greg Chappell, TCF’s co-founder, and Bernie Shakeshaft, founder of BackTrack Youth Works and 2020 Australian Local Hero, spoke eloquently for the cause.

But the highlight of a typically boisterous Long Lunch was the keynote speech by advertising titan and TCF patron John Singleton, described by one guest as “magnificently indiscreet”.

“This is an amazing result,” said Foundation chairman Darshak Mehta, who also attended the lunch, with director Peter Lalor.

“A lot of hard work goes into the event and Peter and Sue personally fund a lot of the costs.

“At this hugely difficult time for charity funding and demands on homelessness services, the Foundation is especially grateful for Canberrans’ generosity,” Darshak said.

“Sadly, not even Canberra is immune to the scourge of youth homelessness and our board is now looking to assist volunteer agencies in the capital.”

Sue and Peter, tireless charity supporters, are principals of Kingston-based Maloney’s Real Estate.

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