The Australian Charity Awards 2016 has recognised Anglicare for its commitment to addressing poverty and social exclusion in a transformative way.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement was given to Anglicare’s Toys ‘n’ Tucker program which provides thousands of food and toy hampers to struggling families and individuals during the Christmas period.
Grant Millard, Anglicare CEO says the award recognises their commitment to addressing poverty in new and transformative ways.
“More than 9,000 people turn to Anglicare for emergency assistance every year. Many individuals and families with children are on low incomes, under rental stress and struggling to cope,” says Mr Millard.
“Toys ‘n’ Tucker is one way to bring the community together to support those who are going through difficult times and share the joy of Christmas with them. Toys ‘n’ Tucker eases the burden during the Christmas season by providing food on the table and presents for children on Christmas day. Through the program, we hope that our clients will be encouraged by the generosity and good will of others.”
For the past 15 years, Toys ‘n’ Tucker has been a partnership initiative between Anglicare and the local community. More than 300 schools, churches and businesses participate each year and, through their generosity, more than 5,000 food and toy hampers were distributed to families in the greater Sydney region last year.
The Australian Charity Awards partners with the Australian Business Awards. The Charity Awards recognise the dedication and achievements of non-profit organisations, charitable funds and charitable institutions. They highlight organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that have significantly benefited charitable causes.
Anglicare is one of eight charities recognised by the Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Australian Charity Awards Program Director, Ms Tara Johnston said “Charitable organisations dedicate themselves to transforming the lives of individuals and addressing some of the most pressing issues facing our society. By working towards positive and innovative solutions they enrich our society and incite broader social change. We are proud to honour their achievements.”
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