2 April 2023

Charities handed major boost with Canberra Day Appeal raising $850,000

| Lizzie Waymouth
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Grease Monkey owner Nick Tuckwell (left) and Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon with Grease Monkey’s donation to this year’s Canberra Day Appeal. Photo: Claudia Vannithone/Agency9.

Hands Across Canberra has announced that this year’s Canberra Day Appeal raised more than $850,000 for local causes.

Many more charities and organisations were involved this year, and the funds will support more than 360 charities and community groups in Hands Across Canberra’s network.

“We had a record-breaking 114 charities and community organisations signed up to participate, 52 per cent more than we had last year,” Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon said.

“The significant increase reflects the pressure on charities as the number of people needing assistance rapidly grows, while the resources to deliver services may not be.

“We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the 2023 appeal. The impact of these funds will be felt immediately by our local charities and community organisations, and we couldn’t be prouder of our city’s generosity and caring nature.”

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The announcement was made on Thursday (30 March) at burger chain Grease Monkey, one of the local businesses that helped raise money through its limited-edition Steak Burley Griffin burger. More than 1000 burgers were sold, raising $2652.50 for the appeal.

“Grease Monkey is one of the great business supporters of the Canberra Day Appeal,” Mr Gordon told Region.

Other local companies involved in the fundraiser included the appeal’s major partner Asset Construction Hire, as well as Aspen Medical, Shaw Building Group, Elevated Living and Cockington Green Gardens.

As Mr Gordon explained, Hands Across Canberra aims to raise awareness of local charities and promote collaboration between them and businesses across the ACT.

“What we’re trying to do is encourage all Canberrans to give where they live. If all businesses did what Grease Monkey did, we’d be much better off,” he said.

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Nick Tuckwell and Peter Gordon with the Steak Burley Griffin at Grease Monkey. Photo: Lucy Ridge.

Mr Gordon hopes that the success of this year’s fundraiser and the efforts of participants such as Grease Monkey will help encourage even more businesses to get involved in the coming years and support charities that are close to home.

“I’ll talk to Grease Monkey now about using this as a springboard to getting all the businesses in Braddon to support the Canberra Day Appeal next year,” he said. ”So this is one, next year it’ll be hundreds.”

Grease Monkey owner Nick Tuckwell was thrilled with the result.

“The burger special wraps up on Tuesday. The Steak Burley Griffin was an amazing success, Canberrans got around it and sold over a thousand burgers over a two-week period, and of course much of that money goes towards Hands Across Canberra,” Mr Tuckwell said.

The Steak Burley Griffin is available at Grease Monkey in Braddon, Gungahlin and Woden.

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