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Fundraising dinner

On 07 July 2017, a special dinner was held to raise funds towards the building and construction of the Hope Street First Response Youth Service in Melton.

Thank you to all our event attendees who enjoyed a fun, construction-themed night with delicious food and great entertainment at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.  We also acknowledge the event sponsors who provided the many great prizes won at our auction, raffle and silent auction, and our official event photographer, Zheljana Peric, who took the fantastic photos that can be seen in our photo album.

Special thanks goes to Megan Krakouer, younger sister to famous Roos football players Jim, Phil and Andrew Krakouer, who donated the major auction prize—a 2017 North Melbourne Football Club Indigenous Round 'Tribal' Guernsey—on behalf of North Melbourne’s Krakouer Family. 

The Guernsey was launched on 23 May 2017 at the Cromwell Gallery in Collingwood and reflects North Melbourne’s rich history and deep ties to Indigenous cultures. It had been signed by current North Melbourne players including Jack Ziebell (7); Robbie Tarrant (25); Andrew Swallow (9); Shaun Higgins (4); Jamie Macmillan (34); Lindsay Thomas (12); Jed Anderson (3); Paul Ahern (15); and North Melbourne Senior Coach, Brad Scott.  Megan, who joined the football club in 2017 to support them with their Reconciliation Action Plan, personally sourced all the signatures on the Guernsey.

As a result of the fundraiser and contribution of our supporters and partners, Hope Street raised $18,431.30 towards the furbishment (eg study benches, computers, bean bags and shelving) of the shared study space which was highlighted by young people when consulted about the design of the new youth refuge. 

How you can help

Help us create a place of real hope and action that will meet the needs of Melton's young people and young families in crisis by donating to our Melton First Response campaign today.

Event Sponsors

Bunnings MeltonEynesbury Homestead & Golf Unit TrustGandel PhilanthropyHardings HardwareHaymes PaintLabtrobe Golf ClubOlieve & OlieOne Hot Yoga & PilatesOrganic Me AustraliaRinnaiSara Jade Hair and BeautySofitel Melbourne On CollinsSouth Pacific Health ClubsTabcorp ParkTechnikaThe BeattWestWaters Hotel & Entertainment Complex and Mercure Melbourne Caroline SpringsWilliamstown Bay and River CruisesWoodgrove Shopping Centre

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FEATURED PILOT PROGRAM: Hope to Home in Whittlesea

Many young people face obstacles when trying to secure stable accommodation due to no rental history, lack of affordable housing, and no employment to sustain rental leases.  The Hope to Home in Whittlesea pilot program will address these issues by:

  • Facilitating the transition of up to 30 young people (and their children) from the Hope Street in Whittlesea program or Whittlesea Housing into 1 and 2 bedroom units
  • Providing case management once they secure private rental of these units
  • Helping these young people maintain their tenancy, employment, education and training, and community connections
  • Engaging the support of community stakeholders including local businesses to address barriers contributing to youth homelessness

Please contact us if you would like to become a partner and support at risk young people and young families.

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