LGBTIQ youth in Adelaide will have the opportunity to attend an unforgettable night where they can enjoy an environment of support, celebration and acceptance, thanks to a grant from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
Minus18 will receive the grant to support the Queer Formal Adelaide after a nomination from Conor Fisk and Annabel Archer, both employees of Coca-Cola South Pacific.
The organisation is one of 31 charities to receive funding as part of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s 2019 Employee Connected Grants program, sharing in more than $700,000 this year.
“Not only does Minus18 offer moments of celebration and fun through their Queer Formal events, but they ensure that young people who may feel isolated, alone or confused are offered a sense of community and shown that they are not alone,” said Mr Fisk.
“I’m proud to be able to give back to an organisation that I myself would’ve looked to for support when growing up, through the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.”
Minus18 are champions for LGBTIQ youth in Australia, hosting Queer Formals for young people aged 13-19 in a number of locations across the country. The funding will enable the expansion of Queer Formal Adelaide in 2019, accommodating over 300 LGBTIQ youth in the region to attend a queer-inclusive and life-affirming event.
“We’re delighted that the Employee Connected Grants enable our employees at Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil to celebrate the charities that have a meaningful impact on their local communities,” said Malcolm Hudson, Chair of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
“Not only does the Foundation’s work enable our employees to deepen their involvement in the community, it allows us to support initiatives that help build a more sustainable future for Australia.”
The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Employee Connected Grant program supports charitable initiatives that help create a brighter, more sustainable future for Australians today and for generations to come. The 2019 grants will support a wide range of initiatives this year. These include art therapy programs and funding for at-risk adolescents as well as support for LGBTQI youth and young people living with mental illnesses.
To learn more about the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation and its grants, visit: https://www.coca-colacompany.com/au/responsible-business/coca-cola-australia-foundation.html.
To learn more about Minus18 and the Queer Formal Adelaide, visit: https://www.minus18.org.au/.