Samaritans receives Highly Commended Award in Partnership

On Monday, Samaritans was awarded a Highly Commended Award in Partnership at the Anglicare Australia Conference held in Perth, for our collaboration with the Bean Counters Ball (BCB).

The Anglicare Australia National Awards recognizes the work of those who produce outstanding services, projects and programs throughout the Anglicare Network. The awards are given out under four categories; Excellence, Innovation, Partnership and Volunteer Achievement.

The Bean Counters Ball is coordinated by a volunteer committee to support youth and education in the Newcastle region through means of fundraising. The event is a joint initiative between local charities and local members of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

The BCB have supported Samaritans since 2011, and specifically Samaritans Student Accommodation since 2013. Samaritans are considered a major beneficiary of the Ball every year and since the ball’s inception, over half of the $180 000 raised has gone to support the Samaritans Student Accommodation.

Over the last 12 months, Samaritans extended its partnership with the BCB to help support mentoring programs, establish a tailored financial literacy program and maintain an ongoing collaboration beyond the event. This has enhanced the linkages for residents to the local business community, improved skills, and educated young people within Samaritans area of expertise.

The BCB provides young people in the local region an opportunity for their voice to be heard, including a young person named Izzy who has experienced many challenges and hardships that has shaped her understanding of privilege and poverty.

“I wish to follow a career that supports people who are in need and be the voice that stands up for those who can’t be heard. That is why sharing my life story is so important to me- expressing the impact that every donation makes but also offering a thank you from myself and everyone who has been supported,” Izzy said.

Samaritans and the BCB also provide a career mentoring program for students like Izzy to learn from professionals and establish connections in fields they’re interested in, an opportunity they may never have otherwise had access to.

The award from Anglicare Australia gives those involved in the partnership excellent recognition for their hard work.

Congratulations to all involved!