The annual YMCA Bridge Project Breakfast brings together leaders in government, business and the wider community to raise money, jobs and support for YMCA Bridge Project.
With thanks to event sponsor Far East Consortium, this year's event raised $124,638.
The 2015 Breakfast Wrap
In a room full of VIPs and among speakers including the current Lord Mayor, a former Deputy Premier and a record breaking AFL coach - it was the words of a young man with a colourful past that had the greatest impact at the 2015 YMCA Bridge Project Breakfast.
When YMCA ReBuild crew member Will spoke, the 390 strong crowd in the Regent Theatre’s Plaza Ballroom fell silent.
Will provided a brave insight into his experience of getting into trouble and being incarcerated; he continued by describing how being part of the Bridge Project and eventually being employed by ReBuild changed his life.
He said; “My family are proud of me now. I can hold my head high. I’ve had a job, bought my own car and now I’m looking for full-time employment.”
The theme of the morning was Every Action Counts, that we can all make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people by making a donation, hiring ReBuild or even offering employment.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and former Deputy Premier now Director of the Centre of Innovative Justice at RMIT Rob Hulls, spoke passionately in support of the Bridge Project and the role the whole community must play to help young people at the cross roads.
Bridge Project Patron Michael Malthouse, in an on-stage interview with emcee Tony Jones said, “No matter where we are or who we are, we’ve got some capacity to help young people.”
General Manager at Healthscope Jenny Kent shared her experience of doing just that by hiring ReBuild for facilities maintenance and landscaping. Jenny spoke of the professionalism and dedication of the crew she hired; she said her hospital grounds had never looked better.
Bridge Project Manager Mick Cronin reminded the audience that supporting the program isn’t just helping young people, but “helping families and helping whole communities.”
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