In only three years the Jesuit Social Services’ Growing Hope Great Australians Gala Dinner doubled its fundraising revenue. Lise Taylor reports.


growing hopeThe Jesuit Social Services’ Growing Hope initiative focuses on providing support for Australians touched by suicide – in many cases loved ones left behind are at most risk of succumbing to self-harm. It aims to make a difference at the grassroots of this problem.

The Great Australians Gala Dinner was developed during 2014 when government funding was at an all-time low in the social services sector. “The concept came about from the requirement to raise funds to continue the program. An employee at the time reached out to Melbourne-based event management specialists

Incognitus, which in turn created an event concept where guests could dine and interact with ‘great’ Australians – those who had made exceptional contributions to their specific field of endeavour,” says Shane Healy, Chairman of the dinner organising group for Jesuit Social Services.

The great Australians

Each year great Australians are selected…


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