The Booze Brothers Staff Charitable Fund began in April, 2002. It was formed after the serious illness of a member of the staff. Funds were raised initially to assist in his recovery and ongoing support of his education. From this, the staff decided to approach management with a view to have an ongoing commitment to charity.
In 2015, 13 years from the first presentation where four South Australian charities were gifted a total of $4,800, the foundation celebrates a significant milestone- an achievement in donations to South Australian Charities totalling over $500,000.
‘The importance of the foundation to the staff is evident by the number who donate weekly from their pays without hesitation, with the knowledge that this will help someone less fortunate,’ explains General Manager of Operations, Craig Williams. ‘Furthermore, past employees still continue to support the foundation after they move on or retire, which further solidifies the importance this has to our group.’
The $500,000 milestone is also attributed to the long-term support of staff, friends and the Saturno Family. To mark this occasion, the largest donation the foundation has ever made was presented to Soldier On organisation at an event held at the Torrens Parade Grounds on Sunday May 17th. The amount of $35,000 donated aided in purchasing a 7 seater people mover and covered trailer, accepted by Justin Brown, which will support the ongoing programs for ex-servicemen and women and will help provide transport to group events and support activities.
‘It is our mission at Soldier On to have the best reintegrated generation of service men and women in Australia’s history and we cannot achieve this without the support of the Australian community,’ explains State Manager Justin Brown; ‘This incredibly generous donation will have a significant and positive impact on our ability to maintain and improve the activities and services provided by Soldier On to veterans who have been affected by their service and their families living in South Australia.’ Justin goes on to express his sincere thanks on behalf of Solder On and the veteran community for the individual and collective generosity not only to their organisation, but to so many worthy causes in this wonderful state. ‘You should be justifiably proud of this significant milestone,’ says Mr Brown.
The celebration was catered for by The Mile End Hotel, supported by a range of beverage sponsors and hosted by Wayne Phillips. Information regarding the charities who’ve received donations over the past 13 years can be found on the website http://www.boozebrotherscharity.com.au/