Independent Property Group yesterday recognised the efforts and achievements of one local star with the culmination of their latest Change Reaction charitable initiative.
Representatives from Independent and FM104.7 surprised Suzanne Tunks at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, where she was presented with the title of “Community Hero”.
Suzanne nominated The Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation, which she launched in 2012, to receive a $20,000 donation from the Independent Property Group Foundation.
The Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation aims to brighten the lives of children in the ACT region who are living with serious and long term illnesses.
Suzanne’s daughter Stella was born with congenital heart disease, and in her short 9 month life, Suzanne spent half of it with her in hospital and the other half caring for her at home in palliative care.
This was the Foundation’s fourth Change Reaction campaign, where Canberrans are encouraged to nominate and vote for individuals who are actively involved in helping the community as their “Community Hero”. More than 8,000 votes were received for the campaign and 15 amazing people were nominated.
John Minns, Independent’s Chief Operations Officer, said “All of us at Independent continue to be extremely humbled by some of the stories we hear during the Change Reaction campaigns. There are so many amazing Canberrans that work quietly behind the scenes helping people who are dealing with many challenges on a daily basis.”
“We are delighted that our donation will be used to assist in any way with the burden that is placed on families with children who have a serious or long term illness.”