Official charity announced for Commonwealth Games
The Gold Coast Community Fund (GCCF) has been named the Official Charity for next year’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) CEO, Mark Peters made the announcement on the Gold Coast today with the Member for Bulimba Di Farmer, representing Commonwealth Games Minister, Kate Jones.
The GCCF has supported the Gold Coast for more than 16 years as a fundraising umbrella organisation, distributing funds to charities, community organisations and people in need of emergency support.
GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie said the announcement was particularly important and indicative of the faith GOLDOC has in GCCF to support local individuals and groups in need but to also ensure a triple bottom line legacy from GC2018.
“We know the economic impact from these Games will be significant, infrastructure development and tourism promotion as a result of the Games will continue to deliver great benefits to the city and our measures to meet sustainability targets have been outstanding,” said Beattie.
“This is an opportunity to give back to the people of the city that is delivering the Games, by supporting those in need across a very broad range of charitable, educational and recreational areas of the community.”
Member for Bulimba, Di Farmer, said the appointment of GCCF as the Official Charity for the Games was a great choice.
“It means that a broader range of charities, organisations and people will benefit from the funds raised through the Games and GCCF initiatives,” said Farmer.
“The Palaszczuk Government is proud of the legacy that the Games will achieve for Queenslanders and this is another tangible example of the Games delivering social benefits, and supporting people in need.”
GCCF Chairman, Rutland Smith said they were honoured to be chosen as the Official GC2018 Charity and that the partnership would showcase the compassionate heart of the Gold Coast as a city that cares.
“This partnership will create a stronger Gold Coast community by reaching people who, through hardship or other circumstances would potentially not experience or benefit from the Games being in their backyard.”
GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters welcomed the announcement of GCCF as the ‘Official GC2018 Charity’ conceding that the task to choose just one charitable beneficiary was ‘indeed an onerous one’.
“We have given much consideration to charitable partnerships with the final choice made easier by the fact that GCCF objectives meant support across a broad sector of the community and for those with many and varied needs,” Peters said.
“It will also be very special for us to reveal the medals for the Games – something that we have saved up for a very special occasion.”