Tour de Office, Beacon Foundation’s major fundraising initiative for the year, has been officially launched. Coinciding with 30 years of Beacon’s work, the event sees businesses take on a health and wellness challenge, while raising money to allow more young people to access our work readiness programs.
Chief Executive Scott Harris got some practice in on the bike at a media event in Hobart yesterday, joining representatives from businesses which have already signed up.
In explaining why the fundraiser is so important, Scott told journalists that youth unemployment remains a big problem. He said it’s one which Governments can’t tackle alone and that Beacon Foundation’s work is vital.
It’s unacceptable that so many of our young people go outside their school gate to nothing … employment creates dignity and self respect.
Tour de Office for Beacon Foundation is running throughout Australia, between 15th and 26th October. Organisations participate by having their employees ride on a stationary bike for half an hour each. Individuals have their own fundraising page, and can live stream their ride to their supporters.
Mark Devine, Managing Director of supporting business L.J Hooker Hobart, says youth unemployment is a big challenge for the whole community and the decision to take part in Tour de Office was an easy one.
The work (of Beacon Foundation) is critical. They deliver on their outcomes and create an awareness for the community.
Another business getting ready to take part is Hobart Airport, Tasmania. Senior Project Manager, Dominic McNamara volunteers in Beacon’s programs. He’s looking forward to seeing his colleagues involved too.
To see our people out of the office and taking part is great for us … and to support Beacon is part of that.
Scott Harris thanked those who’ve agreed to take part, and called on more people to do so. He told media of the immense satisfaction in seeing young people assisted to transition from school to meaningful employment, particularly those who come from challenging backgrounds.
There is nothing better than seeing young people that have broken that cycle and are on their way.
Anyone interested in taking part can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo : Kath McCann, Sales & Marketing Manager for Wrest Point, with Scott Harris