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Newsletter – WINTER EDITION JULY 2023

PKCF was able to hold three successful fundraising events in the past 2022-23 financial year which enabled the raising of the majority of funds utilised for the foundation’s annual grant making.

GOOD TALKS Luncheon with Ash Barty AO – 31 March 2023

The PK Community Foundation was thrilled former world No.1 tennis champion Ash Barty AO (and PK member) donated her time to speak at the 2nd GOOD TALKS fundraising luncheon.  We were privileged to hear Ash speak candidly in conversation with journalist Konrad Marshall, she discussed her tennis life, teamwork, family, and told some stories from her book “My Dream Time”, with every guest receiving a copy to take home.

Students at Mahogany Rise Primary School were also surprised and delighted when prior to the luncheon Ash popped in to visit them at assembly and speak about the importance of reading and to share a reading of her children’s book, “Little Ash”. Barty generously gifted several copies of her children’s books to the school’s library.

Once again the Foundation was very well supported at this sold out event. Our sincere thanks to our members, generous supporters and partners:

– George Kevan, Owner of Ultra Merchandising
– Andrew Turner, Chairman of Banner Asset Management
– Mark Raisbeck, Managing Partner of RCKT Co

Auction item donors include:
– Ash Barty
– Millbrook Resort, Queenstown NZ
– Callaway Golf
 – William Watt Photography

PKCF Pro Am Golf Day – 23 January 2023

PK’s own Marcus Fraser hosted 24 professional men and women golfers gathered to play PKCF’s 3rd staging of its Pro Am on an immaculately presented North course on a beautiful warm sunny day.

The field was led PK’s very own David Michelluzzi, Geoff Ogilvy, Andrew Kelly, Lawrence Curtis and Tim Winter. Joining them and others included defending champ, Stephanie Na and regular veterans Matt Millar and Richard Green and golf media personality Mark Allen.

This year, Jake Higginbottom took out the top prize for the pro’s with an impressive 66. The winning amateur team were Tim Newton, Myles Tehan and Michael Verhoeven – Congratulations to the winners!

We wish to sincerely thank our event supporters: Callaway Golf, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Port Melbourne Storage and Rehab Hire.

GOOD TALKS Luncheon with Victorian of the Year, Kevin Sheedy AO – 1 July 2022

The inaugural GOOD TALKS Luncheon was a sell out event with strong support from members, community leaders and businesses. The Foundation’s aim in holding these fundraising Good Talks functions for members and guests, is to present distinguished Australians which highlight the ‘good works’ they have achieved in the community.

Special guest Kevin Sheedy AO, who was announced as ‘Victorian of the Year’ just a day earlier, was sensationally at his best, providing much humour and candour. He discussed his journey in football and how that facilitated learning and admiration for Indigenous culture and the talent First Nation Australians possess. Principal of Mahogany Rise Primary School, Andrew Schneider, interviewed Sheedy and led an engaging discussion.

The key messages Kevin focused on throughout his discussion with Andrew was not only how great Australia is, but how much better we can become. He believed that with greater Indigenous participation, support for our Veterans, inclusion of migrants and better support for disadvantaged Australians, we can achieve even greater success in the future.

The Foundation raised $29,200 through ticket sales and the raffle, with prizes donated by Frankston Toyota, Drummond Golf and the Club. Generously, Sheedy not only offered his time for the event, but also auctioned off a private luncheon at PK to the highest bidder, which raised a further $4,500.

A special thanks to our GOOD TALKS Partners:

  • The Order of Australia Association Victoria
  • Sean Sammon (CEO) and Greg Walsh (Chairman) of York Park Group
  • Greg Curtain MD of Peninsula Sotheby’s
  • Fred Harrison, CEO of Ritchie’s Supermarkets