Business Leaders Raise Charity Mentor Funds
24 March 2016 at 10:08 am
After a high-profile lineup of Australian business leaders donated their time and expertise to ChildFund Australia’s inaugural MentorMe Auction, the charity has raised more than $30,000 to help children and families living in poverty.
The MentorMe Auction took place online with bidders competing to win an exclusive mentoring session with one of 10 Australian business leaders.
Over $30,000 was raised by the MentorMe Auction and ChildFund said most of the mentors have agreed to do a runner-up session with the second-highest bidder in their auction.
Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry AO took out the highest bid, with Pacific Magazine’s Jackie Frank and Leo Burnett’s Todd Sampson close behind.
“The winning bidders have all been contacted and are incredibly excited to meet their mentors! The bidding was very close, with a flurry of activity down to the final seconds,” partnerships manager at ChildFund Australia, Janet Cameron, said.
“ We are also very thankful to the mentors who have agreed to do a runner-up session with second-place bidders, effectively doubling their impact on the lives of children and families in some of the world’s poorest communities.”
ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said: “This was a new initiative for ChildFund Australia at a time when innovation is key to our success.
“Not only will the funds raised have an immediate impact on children and families living in extreme poverty, but increasing our connection with the business community here in Australia will help us develop some exciting new initiatives.”
“Proceeds raised through the MentorMe Auction will help create livelihood opportunities for young people and families in some of the Asia-Pacific’s poorest communities, while auction winners will have the chance to sit down with their chosen mentor for an hour of expert guidance and career advice.
“This is a rare opportunity to be mentored by some of Australia’s most respected and influential business leaders, while also having an impact on the lives of children living in extreme poverty.
“All of the mentors have a story to tell and a wealth of advice to share, from start-up entrepreneurs to financial sector gurus to media moguls. By auctioning their time, they are not only helping young professionals here in Australia but supporting vital small business projects in our region.”