The QCF SME Philanthropist of the Year Award recognises a small business with less than 200 employees whose grass-roots level of charitable support has impacted the local community. The successful nominee will have an established record of philanthropic support in regional Queensland, a business with a holistic approach to philanthropy. Their actions will have had a measurable charitable impact.

JOINT RECIPIENTS: VERSACE TIMBERS and ELLIOTT AUSTRALIA

VERSACE TIMBERS

Versace Timbers, has been serving Queensland since 1956. As their industry is male dominated the organisation thought it appropriate to help spread the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) message. Through the support of their suppliers, customers and staff they actively raise funds through raffles, auctions and charity golf days.

Managing Director Graham Leddy says, “We are humbled to have played a small part in raising vital funds into the research of Prostate Cancer and raise awareness that this terrible disease is curable if detected early and the importance of being proactive rather than reactive, particularly if there is a family history.”

Versace Timbers also supports local sporting clubs, the Scout Group and Lawnton Kindergarten with goods-in-kind, employee volunteer and sponsorship. They sponsor the Special Children’s Christmas Party each year by providing them with rides, entertainment, stage shows and Christmas presents.

Other charities they have supported include A Ride to Conquer Cancer, Swim4kids, Breast Cancer, Movember, Fred Hollows Foundation, Legacy, RACQ Lifeflight Rescue, Guide Dogs and The Kokoda Youth Foundation.

ELLIOTT AUSTRALIA

Elliott Australia supports the GingerCloud Foundation, founded to support families whose children learn and perceive differently. Founder and Managing Director Anthony Elliott donates approximately 20% of his time and expertise as a Director of GingerCloud Foundation.

The Modified Rugby Program (MRP) is a new, modified form of touch-only rugby, developed by GingerCloud Foundation, where boys and girls with a learning and perceptual disability have their own club Player/Mentor on the field supporting them through the program.

Children experience the sheer thrill of playing rugby, often for the first time and in many cases their first experience of team sport. The MRP aims to move boys and girls with learning and perceptual disabilities off the sidelines and into the main game as part of their local junior rugby club community.

At its core, the MRP is about helping children experience success in line with their own development. The program embodies the essence of rugby, a sport which embraces inclusion and diversity.

The MRP brings families and communities together who, traditionally, would not have the chance to participate in a team sport at their local club.

From 1 team of 16 participants in 2014, the MRP community has grown to include 24 teams within 3 MRP divisions across QLD/ACT.

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