One of the principle aims of the Citizen Advocacy Trust of Australia is to raise funds which are offered as grants to local Citizen Advocacy programs throughout Australia.
We are a small group of people who are all passionate about the possibilities that a citizen advocacy relationship can offer to isolated and vulnerable people with intellectual disability and our fund raising skills need to match this passion! In 2017 we held several fundraising events and made direct approaches for donations from friends and family.
The first event was a luncheon in at Basta, a delightful restaurant in Fitzroy, Victoria. Approximately 20 people attended and we were entertained by Rod Quantock OAM while eating a delicious lunch. Rod gave us an overview of the development of comedy in Melbourne and answered questions. His talk was very amusing and appropriately called ‘First Man Standing’ as he has had a long career in comedy as well as being a passionate environmental activist and advocate for social justice. Many people commented about how much they enjoyed the time.
In September 2017 we held an evening event in the beautifully restored Fitzroy Town Hall Reading Room with the Venerable Robina Courtin to an audience of 100 people. The title of her talk was ‘Compassion in Action’. We are very lucky to have had the benefit of Robina’s teaching and wisdom as it brought a number of people new to the idea of citizen advocacy. Robina travels the world and her generosity in giving us an evening of her limited time in Melbourne was wonderful. In the first part of the evening Robina spoke then we enjoyed a tasty light meal followed by further discussion and questions. It was hard to wind up the crowd at the end of the evening as there is always so much to hear from this amazing woman.
We would like to record our thanks to Rod and Robina and all the people behind the scenes that made these events possible. We also thank the Yarra City Council in allowing us to use the Reading Room.
by Heather Hindle