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Celebrating our Pro Bono heroes

When I started TrueType Communications one of my goals was to work with more non-profits and social enterprises, and whenever possible, donate my time and corporate expertise to organisations and causes that I care about.

One of the most rewarding things I did in 2018 was to become a MyRoad Program volunteer mentor with Beacon Foundation, and to provide pro bono support to the team at Lupus WA, a volunteer-run non-profit organisation that’s close to my heart.

So it was exciting for me to see Scott Harris, CEO of Beacon Foundation, and Mary Erceg, board member of Lupus WA, both nominated for the 2018 Impact 25 Awards, an initiative of Pro Bono Australia. These awards recognise influential Australians who are having a positive impact on their community, and their stories are truly inspirational.

Although Scott and Mary represent vastly different non-profit organisations on opposite sides of the country, the two social sector leaders have much in common when it comes to devoting their lives to advocating for and helping others.

Scott believes that a young person’s postcode should not determine their pathway in life, and they deserve the best education and support to find meaningful employment that leads to a fulfilling and productive life.

Over the last two decades, Scott has led Beacon Foundation to collaborate with industry to provide programs that help young Australians become work ready, in particular those living in remote regions and disadvantaged areas. These programs, including MyRoad which supports young women in Years 10, 11 and 12, are helping to unlock student potential and address Australia’s high youth unemployment.

Having endured a 45-year battle with systemic lupus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease which almost claimed her life, Mary Erceg is a passionate advocate for people living with lupus.

Mary has devoted most of her life to learning about lupus, which can affect nearly every organ of the body, be difficult to treat and extremely debilitating to live with. As a voluntary board member of Lupus WA, Mary has been instrumental in reinvigorating the organisation which aims to provide a ‘one stop’ lupus awareness, education, support, research and advocacy service for people living with lupus in WA (read more about Mary’s lupus journey here).

It was also fantastic to see Alecia Hancock from Hancock Creative nominated for her extraordinary commitment to helping NFPs and community groups across Australia learn how to harness the marketing power of social media.

Through Hancock Creative’s now annual Change The World national summit and training programs, Alecia and her team teach cause-based organisations how to grow awareness on limited budgets, raise funds, attract employees and volunteers, and build impactful partnerships.

Congratulations to Mary, Scott, Alecia and all of the inspiring Impact 25 Award nominees and winners.