Vikings Group pledge to raise $100K to help build crisis accommodation for local families

Lachlan Roberts 6 August 2018

Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill and Marymead CEO Camilla Rowland at the announcement. Photos: Supplied.

The Vikings Group has announced a partnership with Marymead as its Charity of the Year for 2018, pledging to raise $100,000 to help build short-term crisis accommodation for children and families in the ACT and surrounding region.

The money raised for the not-for-profit organisation, which provides mental health support services and accommodation for vulnerable young people and their families, is the largest fundraising goal Vikings Group has set for a single charity and will be a part of Marymead’s Buy a Brick campaign.

The Charity of the Year program, which is currently in its third year, has raised over $140,000 in support of local charities. Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill said raising money for organisations like Marymead was a privilege.

“Coming into our third year running the program, we have committed ourselves to our highest fundraising goal. It will be challenging, but it is a challenge worth accepting,” Mr Hill said.

“Marymead provides an invaluable service to the community, which we want to recognise and support. Family values and cohesiveness are at the heart of Vikings Group, and we look forward to building a strong partnership with Marymead.”

Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill, fundraising committee member Jude Frost and Marymead CEO Camilla Rowland.

Marymead’s chief Camilla Rowland said the partnership between Marymead and Vikings Group will make an exceptional difference to its Care Cottage fundraising initiative.

“We’re extremely grateful to Vikings Group for selecting Marymead as its new Charity of the Year,” Ms Rowland said. “This opportunity will contribute significantly to our Care Cottage project and help us achieve our mission to provide hope and change for children and families in crisis.”

The Viking’s 12-month Charity of the Year program includes a variety of fundraising initiatives run throughout the year including trivia nights, Yoga on the Greens and a Vikings Rugby Charity Day to name a few.

This year, Vikings are also encouraging Canberrans to ‘Buy a Brick’ as part of the campaign to contribute to the construction of the Care Cottages. To support Marymead’s efforts to build accommodation for young people and families, buy a brick by clicking here.

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