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October E-News

It has been a busy few months for The Australian Ireland Fund with the launch of the Brisbane Young Leader Network, global runs and supporter receptions. We are delighted to be finishing the year off with some great flagship events. We look forward to seeing you before the year is out!

The Australian Ireland Fund Chairman John O'Neill AO requests the pleasure of your company
The Sydney Garden Party
Sunday 8 November 2015
At ‘Fairwater’
560 New South Head Road Double Bay
At 12:30pm
Dress: Garden Party
We are thrilled to announce we have special entertainment by an ensemble from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and INXS singer and Grammy nominated songwriter Ciaran Gribbin
Please contact Melissa as soon as possible to book your tickets/table


Other Upcoming Events

Sydney Christmas Drinks at Opera Bar on 25th November

The Sydney Young Leaders invite you to attend Christmas Drinks on Wednesday the 25th of  November. RSVP here!

Melbourne Family Christmas Day 6 December

Join the Young Leaders for our annual Family Christmas Day in conjunction with The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce on Sunday December 6, at 12 noon, Hays Paddock, Leason Street, Kew East. RSVP here!

Save the Date!
The 40th Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference in Dublin 2016

The annual June Conference will be held in Dublin on 23 - 25 June.

For more details please contact Melissa.
View last years event.

Recent Past Events

The Young Leaders Global 5k

On Saturday 26 September Young Leaders in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne all took part in the second annual Global 5k run. 15 cities in 6 countries worldwide took part in the run with the Australian cities raising over $21,000! Thank you to our sponsors, runners and donors for all your support. See reports and pictures from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Sydney Supporters Lunch

The Sydney Supporters lunch took place on Thursday the 3rd of September kindly hosted by David Wiadrowski at PWC. We always love the opportunity to thank our supporters and update them on The Fund’s activities and upcoming events.

We were delighted to have Ruth Tarlo join us to present the inaugural Hyman Tarlo Scholarship at Trinity College to Samuel Tyrer in honour of her late husband.
We also welcomed Emirates as our new major sponsor.
Brisbane Luncheon

The annual Brisbane luncheon was held on the 23rd of August at Hillstone St Lucia. It was a lovely lunch which saw Ben Dobbin as MC, John Buchanan as a guest speaker sharing his thoughts and experiences on the Australian Cricket Team and Chairman John O'Neill AO travel up for the lunch. It was a lovely lunch enjoyed by all raising in excess of $50,000.

How you can continue to support the Fund

  • Solas works to address the imbalances that contribute to certain children and young people in Ireland growing up at a socio-economic and/or educational disadvantage.
  • Soar -  Inspired by Jim Stynes and the Reach Foundation of Melbourne, Soar creates and delivers early intervention, preventative, wellbeing programs inside and outside of the school system for young people aged 12 to 18 years from all backgrounds throughout Ireland.
  • The Suas Literacy Program works with those who are furthest behind, in the most disadvantaged schools (Deis schools). Children are paired one-on-one with Suas reading mentors in an environment where it’s okay to make mistakes.
  • The Australian Ireland Fund, UNSW and the broader Irish-Australian community has united for nearly two decades in support of a Chair in Irish Studies. Professor Ronan McDonald has reignited the legacy of Patrick O’Farrell and rebuilt a strong foundation for Irish Studies at UNSW. A fundraising dinner supported by the community was held by the Fund in Sydney in September 2014 with Guest of Honor Mary McAleese in further support of Irish Studies.
"We aim to be the largest network of friends of Ireland in Australia, and to mobilise this network to contribute to worthy causes in Ireland & Australia. We support projects that advance and promote education, peace & reconciliation, community development and arts & culture. We are part of the global philanthropic network that is the Worldwide Ireland Funds.”

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