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Community Spotlight – Foothills Foundation

By Elaine Richards
In 1976, a group of local businesspeople gathered for lunch at the Dorset Gardens Hotel in Croydon. Over a meal they decided that together they wanted to give back to the local community, help those in need and support those who had supported their businesses for so many years. It was as a result of this lunchtime conversation that the Footmen Club was founded. Having since evolved into the Foothills Foundation and Charitable Trust, the organisation is still providing valuable support for those in need in Maroondah, the Yarra Ranges and surrounding areas.
For the last few years Ray White Croydon has been actively involved with the Foundation and we thought it was time to shine a spotlight on this great charitable organisation. The primary purpose of the Foothills Foundation and Charitable Trust is to ‘improve the lives of disadvantaged people in our community’, explains board President Peter Maguire.
It is this local focus that first brought the organisation to the attention of our own Managing Director Tamara. ‘We really wanted to work with an organisation that was local and that was making a difference in the immediate area. What we love about it is that it doesn’t just target one segment of the community ¬– it’s flexible and broad in its approach to making an impact, focusing on helping people that have nowhere else to go,’ Tamara tells us.
The Foundation’s work benefits people from many different backgrounds, from single parents to families to the elderly. They even offer support to other local charities who have been hit hard by the pandemic or for other reasons need some outside assistance. The Foundation offers grants to people in need and last Christmas was able to provide other local charities with grants totalling $5000 that will go toward assisting families and individuals in need in a variety of ways .
‘There are a lot of ways people can get involved, from serving on the board or helping out with our events to becoming a sponsor or a member. You can also donate money, raffle prizes or auction items for the Foundation’s events. Even just attending our events and telling people about the Foundation, or connecting with us on social media, goes a long way towards helping us with raising money and creating awareness,’ Peter shares.
The Foundation hosts four major events each year, including the upcoming High Tea, a Tour De France Dinner, an AFL Final Lunch and a Charity Golf Day, providing some fun and varied opportunities for people to take part and support the work of the Foundation.
The first of these events – the High Tea on the 15th of May – celebrates women in our community. Tickets for this event are on sale now and it’s a great opportunity to bring along the women in your life. Tamara told us, ‘I’m taking my daughter along and we have invited family and friends, and also have a Ray White Croydon table organised. It’s a wonderful opportunity for women of all ages to come together to celebrate, and of course we welcome the men in our lives to attend as well.’
The Foundation now also offers sponsorship opportunities that allow individuals or businesses to register to donate from as little as $25 per month. These sponsorships are tax deductable.
‘The Foothills Foundation makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives as a funder of last resort for people with special needs and a supporter of the work of local community groups,’ Peter explains.
If you want to get involved, attend an event or become a sponsor, click the button below.
Book High Tea Tickets here: https://foothills.org.au/mothers-day-high-tea-2022/
Sponsorship Information here: https://foothills.org.au/donate/
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