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Community Award Finalists

1 December 2020 |Community
2020 Do Good Awards

Community Award Finalists

1 December 2020 |Community
The Do Good Community category finalists are passionate about helping others. The services they provide include but are not limited to, the provision of support for young mothers, addressing issues of multi-culturalism, diversity and empowerment, advocacy for migrants and, food security for under-privileged people.

So, meet the first of our finalists in the Do Good Community category.

Tendayi Ganga is a beacon in the community and is acknowledged for her leadership as a Board member of the Multicultural and Refugees Settlement Scheme and ACT Multicultural Council. She is also CEO of the Born to Shine organisation, an author, inspirational speaker, community broadcaster and volunteer.

Tendayi encourages people to know their identity and purpose in life and celebrate their cultural diversity.

I am passionate about empowering others, especially women, for they carry the burden the most and are afraid to speak out for themselves.

She encourages them to rise above their challenges, to be influential, strong and proud of who they are.

Tendayi is passionate about supporting others to grow and fulfil their purpose without feeling discriminated against. As a result, she has been able to positively impact many people’s lives.

Tendayi Ganga

Shannon Graham - The Empowerment Challenge

Shannon Graham is a nurse and Chairperson and Co-founder of The Empowerment Challenge, a charity devoted to the well-being and support of young and expectant mothers in the Geelong region.

Most of the women come from uninvolved families, many whom have survived abuse, family violence, under-employment, generational poverty and/or mental health issues. The charity provides them with connection, support and mentoring. The outcome enhances health and wellbeing, personal development and independence.

Give a person fish and they have a meal for a day, teach a person to fish and they will never go hungry again sums up our mission perfectly.

There are also plans to create a mobile hub to reached out to younger mums during COVID. Shannon is passionate about the work she is doing and energised by the knowledge that she is changing lives.

Collin Peebles is the CEO of the Geelong Food Relief Centre, a not-for-profit Food Bank that provides emergency food relief to around 37,000 people in the region. The organisation is supported by 90 volunteers and partners with a range of welfare agencies.

He currently over sees two centres and is in the process of securing a much larger premises which will enhance the experience for the families and individuals they support. 

Collin says it is personally rewarding to be able to help children particularly. 

We provide nutritious food to our younger generation via our School Breakfast Programs.

The bushfires of last summer and the COVID pandemic has placed greater demand on the Food Bank and saw Collin delivering food hampers to those in isolation as far away as Colac. It is expected Collin and his team will have supported approx. 50,000 people by years end.

Collin Peebles
Collin Peebles - Geelong Food Relief

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