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Macquarie Bank Trivia Night raises $53,000 for Dandelion Support Network
On Wednesday 18 October, Macquarie Bank hosted a trivia night to help raise essential funds for Dandelion Support Network. The trivia night was an amazing success with the staff at Macquarie Bank digging deep to raise $53,000 to support our work with vulnerable families.
The generous team at Macquarie Group, together volunteers from Dandelion Support Network put the trivia teams through their paces with ten rounds of trivia, a raffle and a live auction. The night raised a little over $53,000 for the organisation, making it our biggest fundraising event to date.
Sarah Mross, Partnership and Sustainability Officer spoke on the night about Dandelion and their work in the community and was thrilled to be chosen as the charity recipient.
“It was a fantastic night, with a great vibe and an incredible result”, said Mrs Mross.
Another guest speaker Christine Magri, who is both a volunteer and a social worker partner, also gave a heart-warming talk and provided insights into the very real impact Dandelion makes in vulnerable families lives.
Fiona Sunner, from Macquarie urged her colleagues to generously support Dandelion Support Network and they didn’t disappoint. The team at Dandelion were overwhelmed by the generosity shown and are excited about the impact these funds will have in assisting vulnerable babies and children. It will also make a huge difference with our desperate search for a new home to so we can meet the ever-growing needs within our community.
“These funds will have amazing impact on our work with vulnerable families in the community,” added Sarah Mross, Partnership and Sustainability Officer.
The night was a fun filled evening hosted by Macquarie Group Foundation in conjunction with Macquarie Bank BFS (Banking & Financial Services). The event was held at Vessel, King Street Wharf just under Macquarie Bank’s HQ at No 1 Shelly St, where 27 fiercely competitive teams battled it out for the prestigious title of Macquarie BFS Trivia champions of 2017.
Dandelion Support Network aims to ease the burden for families in need by providing nursery items essential for the safety and well-being of their children. These items are new and preloved donations from the community which are sorted by volunteers and given to families via referrals from social workers at hospitals and support agencies.
St George Foundation Grant Provides Extra Helping Hands
A big shout out to the St George Foundation who provided us with a $41,600 grant to fund a Project Coordinator for our Safe Sleep and Travel for Babies and Children from Disadvantaged Families program.
The Dandelion Support Network primarily relies on the huge contribution of volunteers to support families in need. With demand for our services increasing month to month, the demand on our team is also increasing. Our team are supporting approximately 150 families a month across greater Sydney, with some months being as high as 228. This is a large number of kids who are now able to sleep and travel safely and who have access to clothing, toys and linen to help with their development.
The additional support provided by the Project Coordinator position has made a huge impact to the ongoing operations of Dandelion. The position has included management of our referral process including organising the items required and booking in collections, as well as overseeing the processing of donations.
During this time, we have also been able to implement a new technology system to manage our referrals. This process has been greatly assisted by having a key point of contact and someone with a deep understanding of how we work.