Our first annual RMCC raffle is full of amazing prizes and this year we are aiming to raise $10,000! This amount will help to fund over 500 hours of our critical education programs.
Programs like our Learning Support Program and Family Learning Club are pivotal in engaging children in order to increase eagerness and enjoyment in their own learning, whilst providing positive educational outcomes.
Our amazing prizes include:
1st Prize - a coveted Yarra Valley Hot Balloon Weekend Getaway with Dinner 2nd Prize - a Luxurious Melbourne City Break with sparkling and Breakfast 3rd Prize - an unlimited Luna Park family ride pass
The suspense has been building in the office over the past couple of weeks with volunteers more than ready to get their hands on some $5 tickets. We’ve been doing some hard maths, trying to calculate our odds but thankfully CEO Alice jumped in with her expertise and ticket bundles.
Our ticket bundle deals are:
5 tickets for $20 10 tickets for $40 15 tickets for $60 and 25 for $100 for the unstoppable ones out there like ourselves.
Sales close on the 24th December and prizes will be drawn on the 4th January 2018 at RMCC headquarters, so keep your eyes peeled for ticket sales happening over at our social media pages and out and about in the community.
2017 has been an astonishing year of growth for RMCC. There are exciting plans from every end but let’s make sure we end the year with a bang!
It’s been a busy few months at RMCC with our RMCC HQ move and new programs starting up. Quietly behind the scenes, our RMCC Board has been busy too. Our board come from a range of backgrounds and their knowledge and expertise enrich our organisation. We hope that you enjoy getting to know them!
Mark Burton- Acting Chair
Mark B is a Certified Practicing Accountant and over the past 4 years has been actively involved in providing settlement support and services to the Sudanese community, alongside his own commercial consultancy venture. When asked to summarise himself in 3 words, he is tempted to describe himself as an 'old white male' but will prefer 'Mature. Social conscience'. We can tell that his sense of humour has been present throughout his life, because when he was a child, he aspired to be 'tall, because I was always the smallest kid, holding the blackboard in the class photo'.
Carolyn Doyle- Non-Executive Director & Secretary
As a lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Carolyn has worked with commercial businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Whilst Carolyn describes herself as 'bookish, untidy and curious', she is currently legal counsel at the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. Carolyn has joined us because she firmly believes that RMCC can make a positive difference in the lives of the children who participate in its programs. Which to her is 'a great thing to be involved in'.
Jordan Mavros- Non-Executive Director
Jordan’s personal interest and concern in the encouragement, guidance and support of children and youth is augmented by his experience as a social worker and counsellor. Two professions very different from what he expected as a child! When Jordan was young, he expected to be a farmer, because for young Jordan, his world was his village. Even now, he treasures the memories of tending to the sheep after school. Additionally, Jordan is the former CEO of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, Chairperson of the Multicultural Aged Care Services, and President and Director at United Way/ Give Where You Live.
Jennifer Hill- Non-Executive Director
Jennifer is a senior consultant who has worked extensively across risk and crisis management, media and government relations, and corporate communications. She has worked in some of the world’s most dynamic geopolitical environments, especially with World Vision Australia, leading their humanitarian and emergency public affairs. Jennifer is a person of fascinating stories, having lived in Jordan and Timor-Leste.
Alice Wojcik and Bobby Allen- Executive Directors
Alice our Founder and CEO, along with Bobby, our Co-Founder and Project Manager will be serving as the Executive Directors of the Board bringing their on-the-ground knowledge, passion and their diverse range of individual talents.
Alice has a background in mathematics and financial planning, having worked in the banking and risk sector. However, her passion lies with creating opportunities for vulnerable children, allowing them to succeed no matter what their background or circumstances, a cause she has dedicated herself to for more than 10 years, resulting in RMCC. Bobby has a background in audio-engineering and over 10 years’ experience working with special needs and homeless children and youth through an array of organisations. He also has over 5 years in project and event management, having curated various events in multiple cities across the world.
It’s fair to say that our recent Toy Drive was an absolute smash! From classic board games and soft toys to reading books and kids crafts, the RMCC team were left totally overwhelmed by the sheer assortment of toys donated by the community.
Our Fundraising Intern, Jasmine, worked tirelessly throughout the whole donation drive to ensure it was a success! She first started to contact possible collection points in March and from there began to get the boxes ready and distribute them in April for collection. In May, it was time to collect each box and we were often left amazed by the number of donations. For example, when collecting from Holy Rosary Primary School, Jasmine, was met with an entire roomful of toys… far too many for her to bring back to RMCC’s Sunshine headquarters on the train!
There is no doubt that it takes a supportive community to provide opportunity, so we would like to thank the organisations who stepped up to be a collection points. In total, we had 12 collection points so we would like to thank the fantastic teams at Seddon Community Bank Branch, Phoenix St Children's Centre, Coburg North Primary School, Holy Rosary Primary School, Metropolis Bookshop, BeeKeeper Parade, St. Fidelis Catholic Primary School, Footscray North Primary School, Cummins Laverton, Angliss Children's Centre, Brenbeal Children's Centre and Footscray Library.
With around 1,000 toys donated in total, we will be giving the toys to families in the local vicinity to families encountering financial hardship. Already, more than 40 families have benefitted from the donations and if we’re honest we still have tons of toys left so this number will continue to rise! We look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of refugee and migrant children who gratefully receive the donations.