Hands Across Canberra – Thanks for your support!

Thanks for helping us raise almost $10,000 for the 2023 Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal.


This year, thanks to your help, we raised almost $10,000 for TWO exciting projects in the 2023 Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal.

Over 100 other community organisations and charities participated in the Appeal to raise almost one million dollars to help local people in need.


PROJECT 1: Galilee School new learning space

Aim: To create an ‘al fresco’ learning space at Galilee School.

Donation goal: $20,000.


Donate to Galilee School

Galilee School is the only Special Assistance School in the ACT region for disadvantaged Years 7-12 young people for whom the mainstream schooling environment has struggled to deliver positive outcomes.

This year we aim to refurbish Bosco’s Barn on our Kambah Campus into an ‘al fresco’ dining, entertainment and learning space. Bosco’s, a beautiful stone building built with the assistance of former students and staff in the early 2000s, was one of the few buildings on site that survived the 2003 Canberra bushfires. As such, it holds a very special place in the school’s history. We want to bring Bosco’s Barn back to life and immerse the students in its culture and history.

This project is a wonderful opportunity to partner together to deliver great learning opportunities for our young people as the refurbished building will be integrated into the new food studies and hospitality building soon to be built across the lawn from Bosco’s Barn.

Feel free to contact the school on 6293 6314 and chat to Tim McNevin, school principal, about how you can get involved. While the Hands Across Canberra fundraiser is now finished, we still need more help, so are still keen to partner with interested businesses.


PROJECT 2: Gungahlin Pantry outdoor community space

Aim: To create a safe outdoor community space for Gungahlin Pantry clients to relax and socially connect.

Donation goal: $5,000

Donate to Gungahlin Community Pantry

Supporting local people in need is at the core of Communities at Work’s mission. Our two community pantries (at Tuggeranong and Gungahlin) are a vital part of that support – now more than ever.

Our goal this year is to do a ‘makeover’ of the outdoor area at the Gungahlin Pantry, turning it into a relaxing and welcoming multifunctional outdoor community space.

With your help we’ll be able to:

Erect outdoor noticeboards (to inform clients about essential outreach services and community events that can support them).


Install new outdoor furniture (to create welcoming spaces so clients can rest and/or connect socially with others in a safe space.  Many of our clients are lonely and often come to our pantry not just to collect essential food but to enjoy a little company and have a friendly chat with our volunteers. Sometimes we’re the only people they talk to during the day.  Having a comfortable, safe place in which they can socialise is very important for their mental wellbeing.).


Build raised garden beds (so clients can pick their own fresh herbs to go with the pantry food they choose and collect, and cook healthy meals).

Your support with these projects would be awesome!

Thanks Canberra!

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