“Learning Links is looking forward to leasing the large hall at The Addison Road Community Centre for 20 hours each week as a new venue from which to run our Charity Housie fundraising program to support our work with children who struggle to learn and their families.”
Warren Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the children’s charity Learning Links, made this comment when speaking about the proposed new venue – the large hall at Addison Road Community Centre – for the charity’s principal fundraising program.
“Learning Links has been providing charitable services to the community for the last 40 years to support children with disabilities and learning difficulties. It has developed a range of innovative programs over that time including an inclusive preschool, Reading for Life (which was trialled at Marrickville Public School) and our Mobile Toy Library that loans thousands of specialised toys to hundreds of Sydney families annually. Last year alone the charity supported over three and a half thousand children, over 800 families, almost 2,000 professionals and almost 90 schools.”
“Charity Housie is critical to our success. It enables us to generate much needed dollars to support our work for children and families and it also provides a great social opportunity for our players who can participate in a fun, controlled gaming program free from alcohol and casino-like gambling activities like poker machines”.
“Charity Housie is a legislated and regulated activity designed to help bona fide charities with PBI (Public Benevolent Institution) status raise much needed funds. The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s October 2009 Report on Gambling concluded that Charity Housie is a form of gambling that provides “enjoyment without harm” and one that “poses no substantive risks”.”
“Learning Links Charity Housie caters to all sectors of our society and is an important leisure activity, especially for the elderly. Many see this activity as a weekly event where they catch up with friends and play Charity Housie to a set budget that meets their own individual discretionary spend.”
“We are also looking forward to a dynamic partnership with Addison Road Community Centre that will see us heighten the Centre’s community contribution through a range of exciting initiatives based on sharing and mutuality.”
“We have met with the General Manager of the Centre and members of its Board and have been consistently impressed by their vision and professionalism. As a longstanding resident of Marrickville I am inspired by their overriding commitment to building a better world through local action and impact and excited to be part of such enabling work.”