Chief Minister addresses 'Hands Across Canberra' lunch

Released 22/11/2012

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today attended the annual 'Hands Across Canberra' lunch, where she reinforced the need for a collaborative, concerted and ongoing effort to assist the disadvantaged in the Canberra community. 

"The ACT Government has been a strong supporter of 'Hands Across Canberra' since its inception, and we are pleased to be associated with an organisation that works so hard to support the less fortunate in our community,' the Chief Minister said.

'Hands Across Canberra' aims to educate the well-off that there is great need for charitable support in the Canberra community, a need that is not always obvious.  It provides a framework for directing financial and in-kind support to smaller charities with limited fundraising capacity and resources these charities to improve their capabilities.

"As a Government we are always striving to improve services for those in need. There remains a lot to do and we cannot do this alone.  That is why the partnership approach involving government, community and business sectors being nurtured by 'Hands Across Canberra' is such an important initiative," the Chief Minister said.

'Hands Across Canberra' was launched in November 2010, with 25 organisations registered.  Today there are nearly 100 participating organisations actively improving and strengthening the quality of life for thousands of Canberrans.

"The ACT Government will continue to support the good work of the many charities in the ACT and applauds the efforts of 'Hands Across Canberra' in helping people through times of need,' the Chief Minister concluded.

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