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Generous ACT Law Society donation very timely as demand for help continues to rise during COVID crisis

Raw Potential Canberra Chairman, Paul Kane has expressed his gratitude at the generous and timely donation announced by the ACT Law Society as the rise in the number of at-risk young people continues as a result of the current COVID situation.

The ACT Law Society has announced a donation of just over fifteen thousand dollars fundraised for Raw Potential Canberra.

“Each year, the Law Society President has the privilege of identifying a local charity aligned with the Society’s values to focus our fundraising efforts towards,” said ACT Law Society President Elizabeth Carroll. “We are incredibly proud that this year we are able to contribute more than $15,000 to our 2021 President’s Charity, Raw Potential Canberra.”

“Raw Potential is a local Canberra charity empowering disadvantaged youth by providing non-judgemental support and opportunities for a bright future, and we see many synergies between their work and the Society’s advocacy focus on raising the age of criminal responsibility in the ACT.

“Our main fundraising events for the President’s Charity are held as part of ACT Law Week each May. Law Week has been held annually in the ACT since the 1990s, with the Society coordinating six days of events to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

“This year, ACT Law Week raised just over ten thousand dollars from the generous contributions of members of the local legal profession, and the support of our volunteers and the wider legal sector.

“In addition to the Law Week profits, our annual President’s Charity also receives a disbursement from the ACT Law Society Foundation.”

The ACT Law Society Foundation was established in 2012 as a Centenary of Canberra project as an enduring expression of the ACT legal profession’s connection with, and concern and support for, Canberra and its charities and worthy causes. The Foundation continues to grow each year from direct donations as well as receiving half of all Law Week profits.

In handing over the funds to Raw Potential Canberra Chairman, Ms. Carroll said, “On behalf of the ACT Law Society, it is with great pleasure that I present our donation of $15,231 to Raw Potential Canberra.  Their services to local at-risk youth are under incredible pressure in the current climate, and it’s heartening to know that this money will allow Raw Potential to add another part-time outreach worker.”

Raw Potential Canberra Chairman, Paul Kane, said, “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the ACT Law Society members and the ACT Law Society Foundation in choosing to support Raw Potential this year.

“Nobody could have imagined that we would be living through the times we have been experiencing in 2020 and 2021 and this has placed even greater burden and hardship on so many people in our community, and particularly those at-risk young people who we are seeking to help.

“We have been so heartened by the generosity and goodwill of so many in our community who think way beyond themselves to help the less fortunate.   This support provided through the ACT Law Society is very timely as the board of Raw Potential Canberra has recently committed to providing additional resources to our outreach program to help our at-risk young people.

“An additional warmth that comes from this donation from the ACT Law Society is that Raw Potential Canberra, formerly known as YouthCARE Canberra, was co-founded by former ACT Supreme Court, Chief Justice, Terrence Higgins, AO.   Justice Higgins saw the need for helping young people at risk of falling through the cracks and therefore this is a very poignant connection.

“On behalf of the Raw Potential Canberra board and our wonderful program delivery partners at Woden Community Services, I want to thank all members of the ACT legal fraternity for their great support.   I know the young people who will benefit from the support would also be saying thank-you”, concluded Mr. Kane.


Maloney’s Long Lunch out to hit community hardship for six

Twenty-five years in business has taught Peter and Sue Maloney of Maloney’s Real Estate that their strong connection with the local business community is an incredible asset in their commitment to help eradicate hardship in the community.

Their annual long lunch held over the past 7 years has raised in excess of $400,000 which has been directed to charities to vastly improve the lives of people who need support and don’t enjoy the basics which so many in the community take for granted.

A few years ago, Peter and Sue connected Maloney’s annual long lunch with The Chappell Foundation to deal with disadvantage and homelessness being felt by at-risk young people.   In turn, this wonderful partnership has led to incredible support for Canberra based charity, Raw Potential Canberra.

This year’s Maloney’s Long Lunch in conjunction with The Chappell Foundation, as well as celebrating 25 years in business for Maloney’s Real Estate, will be held at the Hellenic Club in Woden on Thursday, 11 November 2021.   The event which has a cricket theme will include one of Australia’s greatest fast bowlers, Jeff Thomson, as a guest speaker.

Peter and Sue have lofty goals for this year’s lunch even in a COVID world and have great faith in the supporters of their Long Lunch to get right behind the community at a time when hardship is greater than ever.

Last year’s event resulted in The Chappell Foundation providing $75,000 to Raw Potential Canberra which generously leveraged a further $25,000 contribution to Raw Potential Canberra via the Hands Across Canberra annual appeal.

Raw Potential Canberra chairman, Paul Kane, has congratulated Maloney’s Real Estate on the occasion of their 25 years in business and thanked principal’s Peter and Sue Maloney for their generosity and initiative in creating a partnership with The Chappell Foundation which has an incredible record of support for young at-risk people across Australia.

“We are extremely fortunate to be involved with the Maloney’s Long Lunch and The Chappell Foundation, both of whom recognize the importance of giving back to this community.   Whilst the day does provide some wonderful networking opportunities for the local business community, the messaging on the day, as well as the response by supporters, is all about helping those so desperately in need,” said Mr. Kane.

“It has been a very difficult period for charities supporting those in need and for us to have this opportunity to work with Peter and Sue and The Chappell Foundation to support Canberra’s at-risk young people, we are extremely grateful,” concluded Mr. Kane.

Left to right: Tim Gilbert (Sky News), Peter Maloney, Greg Chappell and Sue Maloney at the 2020 Maloney’s Long Lunch.

Hitting homelessness out of the park

Current and former Australian cricketers will be sleeping out this Sunday night to raise much needed funds to help change the lives of thousands of homeless youth who do not have a safe bed to sleep in at night.

The fundraising event is being held by The Chappell Foundation who have done so much to support essential youth service organizations around Australia including Raw Potential Canberra.

The event has a fund-raising target of $100,000 and is being supported by Cricket Australia in conjunction with The Chappell Foundation’s Sports Stars Sleepout. Due to COVID restrictions, the event is being moved to balconies, backyards and couch hopping as many stars line up to help hit homelessness out of the park.

Current Australian captain Meg Lanning is participating along with World Cup hero Alyssa Healy and former test stars Greg Chappell, Matthew Hayden and Mitch Johnson. Many others are joining the challenge.

“The Chappell Foundation have done incredible work in supporting youth in this country and Raw Potential Canberra is incredibly appreciative of the relationship and support that we have received. This is a wonderful initiative and I urge Canberrans to support our cricketing heroes in raising funds to combat the homelessness and other challenges faced by our young people,” said Raw Potential Chairman, Paul Kane.

To make a donation, simply visit www.sportsstarssleepout.com

Further information about the work of The Chappell Foundation, including their support for Raw Potential Canberra, can be found here.

Raw Potential joins with Woden Community Service to help vulnerable youth

Raw Potential is excited to announce a new partnerships with Woden Community Service to boost support for Canberra’s at-risk and vulnerable youth.

Founded in 1986 by Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO, Raw Potential delivers outreach programs aimed at improving the lives of local street kids.

The new partnership and combined resources will see support services expanded and delivered further across the ACT region.



Following the success of the Raw Potential Long Lunch held on 2 August 2019, we are pleased to advise that we have secured our group of Champions and Roady Sponsors for 2019, which will ensure the running costs are covered for the first 12 months of operation. Unfortunately, the arrival of our van has been delayed by customs and is now scheduled to arrive in early 2020. We look forward to inviting you to the official launch early in 2020. Stay tuned for details!

12 weeks and 12 coffees later!

It has been a very busy time at Raw Potential supporting many young people who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness in the ACT.

We are honoured that young people feel comfortable to turn to us for support. At the same time however, we are overwhelmed with the reality of the number of young people who are sleeping rough in Canberra.