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Grateful To Be a Part of Greater Shepparton Foundation’s Best Work

A message from retiring GSF Board Director, Rhys Holleran

I was lucky enough to be invited to join the great group of people who make up the Greater Shepparton Foundation (GSF) around five years ago. I have recently moved out of the area, so I have reluctantly had to step away. I did want to leave some thoughts as a final contribution on my time on the Board and its impact in the community and indeed on my own life.

GSF was set up from the foundations set by its predecessor body the Community Fund Goulburn Valley. Its role is to Amplify the good work in the community, identify any gaps and put funders together with organisation in need to create better outcomes in the community.

In my time I have been part of many projects that fulfill that mission. Whether it’s a grant for a new compressor at a local Men’s Shed, who with the right gear can complete a toilet block for another community group. To African House who through the difficulties of COVID were unable to get any income from their facility; GSF lent a hand so they in turn could keep providing a service to their communities and help to get them back to self-sufficiency. These are tangible practical and worthwhile things.

A lasting memory for me has been the Lift Off Education Scholarship program for students entering tertiary studies. The scholarships that GSF provides to these young people is important but more important is listening to their stories of overcoming setbacks and challenges to succeed. For me personally I have found being part of the panel that awards these scholarships to be some of GSF’s best work. The fact we believe in them is the real success.

I am very pleased the Directors have passed the Chair role to Mark DePaola, like the rest of our Board Mark will be a huge asset to Greater Shepparton Foundation moving forward. In closing I just want to say Thank You!

Rhys Holleran

Retiring Greater Shepparton Foundation Board Director and past Chair

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