Barry.Nilsson. raises over $90,000 for indigenous youth charity
Leading national law firm Barry.Nilsson. raised more than $90,000 for an indigenous youth charity after hosting three separate charity events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Last November the firm announced its charitable partnership with the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadets Program (JIME) and pledged to raise $200,000 within a two-year timeframe to enable the educational program to expand nationally.
JIME aims to support young students in a cadet program with industry-related employment while they are still at school. Many students also have the opportunity to study TAFE courses related to industry placements. The program is reliant on the help of aquatic charity OzFish Unlimited, corporate partnerships and donations.
JIME was established in 2018 by former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden AM and philanthropist Guy Reynolds AO.
“JIME prides itself on quality partnerships and we are thrilled to partner with Barry.Nilsson. whose Impact Project strives to deliver positive social change,” said Mr Hayden.
“The underlying essence of good partnerships is the association of like-minded people interacting to achieve common goals, and this is demonstrated through our growing partnership. Through clients, supporters and friends of Barry.Nilsson. over $90,000 was raised to support JIME, assisting current and future Indigenous students across Australia. A sincere thanks to Barry.Nilsson. and we look forward to continuing this great relationship.”
Barry.Nilsson. Chief Operating Officer Andrew Price said he was proud the team had nearly reached its halfway target in the first six months.
“JIME’s work is invaluable to the young indigenous people it supports,” said Mr Price.
“Barry.Nilsson. hopes our continued involvement with JIME will positively impact many indigenous youths and provide them with better career opportunities. We are delighted to have been able to reach this tally so quickly and look forward to building on it with more events in the future.”
All auction and raffle items were generously donated by clients, service providers, staff and friends of the firm allowing 100% of proceeds raised to go directly to the program.
Currently 48 students participate in work and training programs across the Tiwi Islands and Cairns through the JIME program, with plans to expand the program nationally in 2020.
Tyrone Thomas, a former year 12 student from Moree High School, graduated from the program after a traineeship with adventure company, Experience Co., in North Queensland.
“I see a lot of tourists taking photos of the land and I tell them stories of the land and how it was formed,” said Tyrone.
“It makes me feel on top of the world being able to share my culture with everyone.”
The firm was delighted to welcome VFL Women’s (VFLW) player Freda Puruntatameri as special guest to their Melbourne event.
Freda attended Tiwi College on Melville Island and was involved with the original Hayden Reynolds Tiwi Garden Project from 2017 – 2019 and during 2019 was amongst the critical cohort in developing the first phase of the JIME program. Last year Freda represented Essendon Football Club in the VFLW under 18’s league. She is currently undertaking a traineeship in sports and recreation with Essendon, whilst she awaits the start of her 2020 VFLW season.
Alongside Freda, the charity events were attended by fellow JIME supporters including NSW Waratahs and Wallabies star, Kurtley Beale, cricketing legends Courtney Walsh OJ, Allan Border AO and Michael Kasprowicz, Collingwood AFL star Mason Cox and iFish host Paul Worsteling.
For more information on JIME visit their website.
Donations can be made here.
For more information, please contact:
Tiah Miller Guppy
07 3231 6379