ACU recently received yet another generous donation from The Emerge Foundation.
At a celebration held at Bloomberg in Sydney on 14 November, Founder and Chairman of The Emerge Foundation, Mr Ian MacRitchie, donated another $200,000 to ACU.
The donation was accepted by ACU Chancellor, the Hon John Fahey AC, who described the fund-raising effort of the MacRitchies and their supporters as “extraordinary”.
“Thank God for this foundation,” Mr Fahey said, “as well as other generous Australians.”
“The Timorese helped us during the Second World War, where they lost about 40,000 lives, and now we are helping them back,” Mr Fahey said.
With this latest donation, Emerge has now donated more than $1.4 million to ACU since their first gift in 2008.
The Emerge Foundation was established in 2001 by Ian and his wife Marionne to provide educational opportunities for children in East Timor, as they believe Australia has a big debt to the East Timorese for the many lives they lost in World War Two, by fighting alongside our Diggers.
The Foundation’s mission is to improve health outcomes and lower morbidity rates for the people of East Timor, in addition to empowering the country’s youth to participate in competitive sport and develop character and ethics.
Each year, The Emerge Foundation hosts two major events; an annual ball and a rugby long lunch, to coincide with that football code’s Bledisloe Cup.
All proceeds from the fundraiser are donated to ACU to support three programs in East Timor:
Barefoot Nurses Project: This program promotes health literacy and basic primary health care for the people of Baucau district, East Timor.
Future in Youth: This program teaches leadership, health and life skills to children and young people in East Timor through soccer.
Ian and Marionne said: “With over 20 years of experience in financial services we have been blessed to have met an amazing group of Australians who have helped us raise funds to contribute to the development of East Timor, to whom we owe so much. It is a great privilege to have impacted more than 5000 young Timorese students through the Future in Youth project we support, more than 250 graduates from the Catholic college and more than 200 Nurses from the Barefoot Nurses Program.”
The MacRitchie’s intend to provide more funds in the years to come. The 2018 fundraising event are already scheduled, with the Gala to be held on 11 May and rugby lunch on 17 August.