October Charity of the Month: FareShare Footsteps Challenge

During October, we reached out to FareShare, an organisation that operates Australia’s largest charity kitchens in Melbourne and Brisbane. FareShare relies on donations of excess packaged and fresh food products from large corporations across the country. With a team of chefs and volunteers, they turn these into nutritious and tasty meals for people less fortunate. Meals are given away free to front line charities such as soup vans, homeless shelters and community food banks.

The Bongiorno Group loved FareShare’s story so much, we took part in their fundraising campaign – ‘FareShare Footsteps Challenge’ during October. Team members walked and ran in groups of four to raise money for this incredible cause, completing a total of 3,425km in 14 days and raising over $10,300 for the challenge!

For more information on their amazing work, or how you might be able to help, please visit FareShare’s website.


Ozanam House volunteering program

As part of our corporate social responsibility program, each month two Bongiorno team members volunteer at Ozanam House where they assist with meal preparation.

Ozanam House has just completed a 2-year total refurbishment and is one of Australia’s premier housing facilities for people in crisis. Vincent Care’s new Ozanam House in North Melbourne is a world-class, modern and safe location where people experiencing homelessness are given every opportunity to access housing, health and social support services relevant to their individual needs.

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January charity of the month : Carers Victoria

“I have nominated Carers Victoria for our Bongiorno Salary Sacrificing charity this month, especially Young Carers. This wonderful not-for-profit organisation provides much-needed support and assistance to those in our community who care for a family member with a disability or mental/health condition. In Victoria, there are over 71,000 young carers who are under the age of 25 alone. These young people are in the position of caring for their parent or sibling while trying to get through their schooling years and lead a normal life. They are often unrecognised and unnoticed but without the correct support, everyday life can be a struggle.

Carers Victoria works to provide the appropriate level of support to young carers through ongoing counselling, educational grants and relief assistance. Carers Victoria is committed to raising awareness of young carers in the community and to supporting schools and services to better provide for their needs. It’s a great charity and I am proud to support it”.

Tom Will (Insurance Client Service Manager)

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March charity of the month : Bodhi Tree Special School

“I have nominated Bodhi Tree Special School as our charity of choice for March. My sister Antoinette Bongiorno visited the Bodhi Tree School in one of the poorest regions in India in 2016. She saw first hand how this school was helping extremely poor children be given a chance for education. The school’s founder explained to my sister that although there were many disabled children in the area, unfortunately there was no school that would take them. You see, in India because of their belief in karma, they feel that if they have a child born with a disability that that is a shame on their family – how that translates is: if you are born disabled in India, especially from a poor, uneducated family, you are often a “non-person”. Fewer than 1% of disabled kids in Bogdahya get any education at all. In fact, many disabled children didn’t even get the basic human dignity of being given a name. They were often only referred to by the name of their disability.

I have two young children and couldn’t imagine this life for them, so I wanted to help keep this school stay open and Antoinette’s commitment to funding the ‘Bodhi Tree Special School’.

The school provides an education, food, medicine and therapy to disabled children. The school now has over 70 students (with many more being assessed for enrolment), with disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, epilepsy and a variety of mental disabilities. Due to the schools amazing success there are presently another 70 disabled children who would love to go to the school but there is not enough funding. Your donations can help (Rotary have given the charity a DGR registration which means any donation is tax deductible)”.

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Julie Bongiorno (Director – ProLoan)


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