Kevin Bailey talks philanthropy

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Kevin Bailey is a committed Catholic who has always been driven by a strong ethos for social justice. Here he tells Lise Taylor about his experiences as a philanthropist.

 

Kevin Bailey talks philanthropyBack in the mid 1980s, I started working in the financial services sector. Prior to this I had served with the Australian SAS Regiment in the Army. It was here that I met some veterans of the 2/2nd and 2/4th Independent Companies who had fought in Timor Leste during WWII. They alerted me to the injustice the East Timorese had suffered and, consequently, I pledged to help the Timorese achieve self-determination.

I am a committed Catholic and within our church there is a strong ethos for social justice and what we call ‘corporate works of mercy’. As a result, my wife and I have had a history of volunteering and contributing where we can to help people less fortunate and, where possible, to make a difference in our community.

As I was…

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