Running a successful fundraising event is usually its own reward, but this March, the Sir David Martin Foundation got an extra pat on the back from the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) for their Abseil for Youth special event, sponsored by the AMP and run last year in October.
With a small team, the Foundation managed to host one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events – a 26 storey abseil down the iconic AMP building in Circular Quay, Sydney. Not only did they raise over $250,000 for young people battling addiction, mental health issues and homelessness, but the event has won the Special Events category in the FIA’s National Awards for Excellence.
“To win this is just incredible” said Jannine Jackson, General Manager of the Foundation. “This award is not just for us, but for all the wonderful people who took part. The AMP has been an amazing sponsor and advocate, without their support, this event would never have been possible. The technical support from Urban Descent was first class.
“It is hard to thank everyone as so many people contributed. We hope that this award is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication from all involved.”
According to Ms Jackson, abseiling was selected as a test of courage, similar to the challenges faced by the homeless and disadvantaged young people that the Foundation helps.
In the same way as the fundraisers, Jackson included, had to overcome their fear of a harrowing 118m descent, the young people face many challenges in their quest to begin a life without drugs and alcohol.
The event received tremendous support from Foundation ambassador; mountaineer Andrew Lock OAM, who was on site to lend a hand for the day. Lock relished his role of helping people down the building, saying “It’s helping people to overcome their fears, and take on a challenge they wouldn’t normally get to do. You couldn’t do it in a better location than over Sydney harbour and it is for such a worthwhile cause.”
Ms Jackson thanked the FIA for the honour and said that the Foundation will “continue to focus on our vision and mission: to save young lives and get more young people off the streets, away from unhealthy situations and into care and rehabilitation.”
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