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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.


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.

Monarch Building Solutions fishing tournament grows into major fundraising initiative

Today, the simple joy of tradies throwing a line in at the annual tournament has evolved into a major fundraising initiative for the Fyshwick business.

Monarch directors handed youth crisis service Raw Potential a cheque for almost $30,000 on Thursday, half of which were proceeds from the latest tournament at Tuross and the rest matched funds donated by Monarch.


Mobile Outreach Van Launched 20th August 2020

Even in spite of the impact of Covid and the expected setbacks, we have had a heroic push-through to launch our new custom built outreach van at Mercedes Benz Canberra. The small covid-safe crowd in attendance did not reflect the level of support given to the project by our sponsors.
The van provides a mobile drop-in centre, with access to the outreach workers, as well as laptops, sleeping bags and food.
We’d like to especially thank:
Amalgamated Property
Harvey Norman Commercial
Mercedes Benz Canberra
Psqd Advisory
The Snow Foundation
Synergy Group
About Kitchens
Anthony Curtis
Burgess Rawson
Goodwin Kenyon
Independent Property Group
JW Land
Lyone Foundation
Parker Financial
Rize Design
Rojo Customs
Trinity Law
UC Capitals
Vantage Strata
Village Building
Waves Car Wash
Please give us a toot if you see the van out and about. If you would like to come on board as an annual Roady Sponsor, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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.