2018 ABDHF Wrap Up

The 18th Annual General Meeting of the Foundation was held on 10th November 2018 at Captains at the Bay, and 30 members and supporters attended. Members were advised that Foundation grants to local organisations for the year were $43,712. The major grant was to Ambulance Victoria – Apollo Bay branch for $15,000 for cardiac arrest survival equipment. In addition, $10,000 was donated to Otway Health as a grant toward their reorganisation of GP facilities in Apollo Bay. A further grant of $10,000 was made to the Apollo Bay Community Pool project. The Foundation is the largest single donor to this programme with a three-year commitment of $30,000. $20,000 has been paid with a further $10,000 to be paid in July this year. The Foundation has since inception, distributed over $350,000 by way of grants to the community.

The Foundation is also the principal charity for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival and $34,000 was distributed this year to local organisations who provided volunteers for the event. Distributions to the community since the Foundation became the principal charity total $202,000.

At the Annual General Meeting the following Trustees were re-elected – Ian Manton (currently Chairman), John Curry and Andrew Gardiner.

At 30 June 2018 the Foundation had assets of nearly $1.2 million including ownership of the Second Sails Opportunity shop.

The guest speaker at the AGM was Inspector Trevor Cornwall, Ballarat Police Local Area Command, who spoke on drugs and alcohol and their negative impact on the health and well-being of the community. We are grateful to Duncan and Anna at Captains at the Bay for providing a great space for us to hold our AGM.

We are looking forward to the events for 2019; stay tuned for our 20 Year Anniversary celebration, music events and the 2019 GOR Running Festival on 18-19 May.