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  • Sep 8, 2009
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BHCF to hold Capital Raising Events in Adelaide

The Broken Hill Community Foundation (BHCF) needs help from the local community to build its contact database for Adelaide residents. Two major events will be hosted in Adelaide during October as part of the BHCF National Capital Raising Campaign and the BHCF is keen to expand the number of former Broken Hill residents on the invitation lists.

The first event is ‘The Great Broken Hill Family Picnic Day’ to be held at Sacred Heart College in Somerton Park from 11:30am on Sunday 11 October. Planning has been underway for some time to create an afternoon of fun similar to the old Mine Picnic Days, complete with activities for the kids. A special shipment of McLeod’s Pies and Pasties will add an extra touch of nostalgia.

Chair Vince Gauci says the BHCF will send invitations directly to as many people as possible, in addition to promoting the event through posters in areas known to be popular with former Broken Hillites, such as Glenelg.

“Family, friends and acquaintances that you know now live in Adelaide are certain to enjoy the opportunity to catch up with other people from Broken Hill, but we need help with our invitation list. To date we have 400 names, but are missing many addresses. If people could please take the time to phone or email the BHCF office with their own personal contact lists, we would appreciate it very much,” Mr Gauci said.

The second event is a corporate luncheon on Monday 12 October to be held in the Langley Room in the Sir Donald Bradman Stand at the Adelaide Oval overlooking the historic ground and scoreboard.

“We would particularly like to invite people to this luncheon who had their start in Broken Hill and have gone on to operate successful businesses in South Australia. We are excited to have secured for the luncheon Channel Nine’s Kellie Nestor as Guest Speaker, ABC Radio’s Peter Goers as Special Guest and RFDS Central Operations CEO John Lynch as MC. Again, the luncheon is certain to be an event former Broken Hillites will enjoy – and, again, we would appreciate any help to ensure our invitation list is as complete as it can be,” Mr Gauci added.

The Adelaide events follow the launch of the BHCF National Capital Raising Campaign last year at a luncheon in Melbourne attended by a number of prominent people with links to Broken Hill. The Melbourne luncheon was successful in raising more than $100,000 for the BHCF Capital Protected fund – interest from which is provided as grant funds to Broken Hill projects. Since its inception the BHCF has continued to grow its initial Capital Fund of $500,000, while using generated interest to support 72 projects with grants and interest-free-loans amounting to more than $240,000.

Mr Gauci commented that both the Adelaide Corporate Luncheon and the Family Picnic are important to Broken Hill in two key areas – firstly in helping to raise awareness of the BHCF and secondly in helping to raise further critical funds to increase the value of the Capital Fund.

“Increasing the value of the Capital Fund enables the BHCF to provide greater project funds per year to support new business (and therefore new employment opportunities) – in perpetuity. This will therefore have a major positive impact on the sustainability of Broken Hill post the eventual depletion of the orebodies,” Mr Gauci said.
Apart from providing contact details for people living in Adelaide, Mr Gauci also encouraged Broken Hill people to attend the picnic if they could.

“While the luncheon will be an invitation only event, the BHCF encourages anyone with a passion for the future of Broken Hill to attend the picnic on Sunday 11 Oct,” said Mr Gauci. “It’s certain to be a fun day and an opportunity to touch base with people from the past.”

People with information useful to building the invitation lists are asked to contact the BHCF by telephone on 8087 9985 or send an email to manager@bhcf.org.au