"We can all make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling, particularly when we come together," the late Barry Maney OAM
The late Mr Barry Maney OAM always had a great empathy for people struggling in our community .
It was after a meeting with ac.care early in 2011 and reading a front page article in The Border Watch that Mr Maney learnt of the high number of homeless people ac.care was helping. Funds were desperately needed to provide extra support for finance, health, education, accommodation, household goods and employment etc. He discussed this with Mr Barry Stafford from The Barry Maney Group, who suggested a networking lunch that could bring businesses and organisations together to network, listen to a key-note speaker and raise funds.
Total funds raised to date: $340,000
Since 2012, 1147 local people, including children, have been assisted with the funds raised at the bi-annual Support Homeless People Luncheon. Businesses and the community have come together to raise over $340,000 for people who experience homelessness in the Limestone Coast.
Major fundraiser back on the calender for 2023
ONE of the Limestone Coast's biggest fundraising events is back to support the work of ac.care in supporting vulnerable people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
The Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon will return to The Barn Palais on July 28.
A packed program of high-profile guest speakers, auctions, raffles and other activities to raise funds to support the work of ac.care is being finalised to feature on the day.
“This event traditionally sells out and attracts around 500 people to a remarkable day of fundraising, learning about homelessness in the Limestone Coast and how businesses and other stakeholders can make a difference, plus providing a great opportunity to network with people from across the region,” said event ambassador Barry Stafford, who has long been pivotal in the success of the luncheon.
Media coverage: In the press
Money raised in 2018: $125,000
On 13th April 2018, a sell out crowd of 500 business and community members raised $125,000 at lunch. The luncheon was again held at The Barn Palais, with key note speaker Mr Tim Guest. A video was shown of three people who had experienced homelessness and had been helped by ac.care talking to three business owners who support the work of ac.care. The committee was joined by Astyn Reid from Kinship Productions.
Money raised in 2016: $100,000
On 8th April 2016 the luncheon was again held at The Barn Palais, with key note speaker Mr Glenn Cooper AM, Chairman and Ambassador Coopers’ Brewery. Shannon, a young woman who has experienced homelessness also spoke. The committee was increased with Di In from Di Monty Training Solutions joining.
At the 2016 luncheon 450 people attended and raised $100,000.
Money raised in 2014: $77,000
In 2014 another lunch was organised by the same committee, this time renamed to “Support Homeless People Luncheon”.
The interest had grown so much that the Luncheon was moved to The Barn Palais to accommodate the extra numbers. The key note speaker was Mr David Brand, Chairman and Managing Director New Forests Ltd. A young woman, Ellen, who had experienced homelessness also spoke.
Three hundred and sixty-people attended and raised $77,000.
Money raised in 2012: $38,000
In August 2011, Mr Maney brought together a small committee comprising Anne Hinkly-Tyler (ac.care), Barry Stafford (Director-Barry Maney Group) and Robin Reid (The Border Watch) and together this team arranged a fundraising luncheon in April 2012 titled “Help Build the Bridge”.
This inaugural event was held in the City Hall and the guest speaker was Mr Stephen Gerlach AM, Chancellor of Flinders University and Chairman of Foodbank SA.
The luncheon was a sell-out, with 162 guests attending and more than $38,000 was raised.