Our new partner, Raw Potential Canberra

The Chappell Foundation is proud to announce its new funding partnership, with

Raw Potential Canberra.

The $50,000 grant approved by TCF directors today is our first commitment to supporting homeless and at-risk youngsters in the national capital and adjoining parts of NSW.

The grant will support Raw Potential’s impressive new initiative, delivering youth outreach services “where young people are at” by a special-purpose van.

In three months since the customised van came into operation, RPC’s outreach workers have supported 120 youngsters with emergency care packages, counselling and connections to health, housing and employment assistance.

In its 35th year of operation, Raw Potential Canberra’s vision is to “empower disadvantaged youth by providing opportunities for a bright future”.

Yet, the charity runs lean; its only salaried staff are two outreach workers.

Like many others, RPC is encountering unprecedented demand since the pandemic onset, under pressure of worsening homelessness and family breakdowns, with associated mental health and substance abuse problems.

The Foundation sees supporting RPC as the start of a long-term commitment to the under-recognised problem of youth homelessness in the national capital.

This commitment is enabled by the energy and vision of our Canberra supporters Peter and Sue Maloney and the remarkable generosity of their friends.

Last year their “Maloney’s Long Lunch” raised more than $125,000 for TCF to distribute among frontline partners in Sydney, Brisbane, regional NSW – and now Canberra.

We will bring you news on the 2021 Long Lunch as it develops.

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