Change only happens when people make it happen.
This was evidenced in the real last Thursday night in Sydney when our YGAP team brought together a roomful of extraordinary change-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs and world-shapers for their annual Vision Dinner.
This was a truly incredible event celebrating YGAP's past, present and future, uniting people around the possibility of change, and fuelling an even greater commitment from all who attended to improve the lives of one million people living in poverty across the world by 2018.
Thank you to our amazing team of Front of House volunteers who came out in the rain, to Mark Carnegie for generously allowing temporary occupation of his rather extraordinary home, and to visionary Founder + CEO Elliot Costello, Partnerships Manager Patrick O'Callaghan, Spark International's Aaron and Kaitlin Tait, Creative Manager Alexandra Hooper, Creative Impact all-rounder Mario Gordon, and the tirelessly talented kitchen crew from Feast of Merit (Spicey, Nick and Caitlin) - dream team :) I'm looking forward to seeing what else we can collectively achieve in 2016.
For more pics of the Sydney Vision Dinner jump on the YGAP Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/YGAP.main/
And for more on YGAP's extraordinary impact work, jump over to their site.
Driving and backing profitable social ventures, YGAP initiatives to date include Richmond's cult farm-to-fork 'Feast of Merit' restaurant and bar space, the 5 cent campaign collecting small change to drive big change in access to education for children, the high profile Polished Man innovative fundraising campaign challenging men to end violence against children and ambassadored by Michael Klim, Josh Gibson and Tony Richardson, plus scores of other life-changing impact initiatives out in the field driven by fundraising efforts to fuel their work.
It's awesome stuff, spearheaded by YGAP CEO + co-founder Eliot Costello, whose simple and searing belief is that a world without poverty is possible; where everyone receives a quality education, earns a fair wage and lives in a good home.
In 2015, YGAP merged with Spark* International, shifting its impact model and joining forces to empower impact entrepreneurs around the world with local solutions to local problems. The Spark* accelerator impact model and startup pipeline is now a world leader, and fuelling the fires of YGAP's vision of backing 1,000 entrepreneurs to change one million lives by 2018. I look forward to playing a part in that. And hope you will, too.