Nearly $300,000 was raised last Saturday night at a gala dinner in aid of charity, Youth Off The Streets. The event was sponsored by ClubsNSW, Diageo and the AHA.
Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse. Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse. It is their goal that these young people will leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full-time or part time job in hand.
ClubsNSW has supported Youth Off The Streets since 2000 and has raised over $1 million for the organisation in the past 17 years. The funds have helped provide food, activities, youth workers, help with schools and referral programs for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged kids.
ClubsNSW has committed their partnership for a further two years to help fund three outreach programs in Blacktown, Bourke and the Illawarra region. In addition, member clubs also contribute with ClubGrants funding for local projects, in-kind support, and provision of volunteers.
Member clubs were also well represented at the event with both Wentworth Leagues Club and City Tattersalls Club taking tables in addition to ClubsNSW.
The Wenty Leagues team at the Youth Off The Streets Gala Dinner
The NSW branch of the Australian Hotels Association has also been a strong supporter of Father Chris Riley and Youth Off The Streets for a number of years. In fact, two of the Youth Off The Streets cars were donated by the AHA to use for the nightly streetwalk program.
The AHA NSW generously donated two return tickets to Europe as part of the Gala dinners fundraising auction.
Diageo were also a major event sponsor on the night.
If your club or pub would like to know more about Youth Off The Streets and how you can get involved go to https://youthoffthestreets.com.au/support-us/ to find out how you can donate, fundraise, volunteer or partner with the charity.
Main image: Some of the ClubsNSW team at the event, lead by ClubsNSW Chairman. Peter Newell OAM
Fundraising Raffle to support Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets
Youth Off The Streets are launching a semi-trailer which will operate as a Mobile Outreach and Education Service for young people in regional towns. Disadvantaged young people will get access to services that were previously unavailable. YOTS goal is to provide them with enough opportunities and resources to unlock their full potential. Youth Off The Streets will launch the semi-trailer from Government House, Canberra on Tuesday 5 September 2017. From there it will travel to Bourke through Wellington, Cowra, Dubbo and Nyngan.
You can support this outreach project by buying a ticket in their 50-50 Raffle. Winner takes 50% of the prize pool in cash and 50% goes to the charity. Click here to enter >>