Without a doubt, the highlight of my first ten weeks at Hagar Australia has been getting to know some of the remarkable people who make up the Hagar community.
From the outset, it was clear that Hagar has some really impressive staff. Their areas of expertise are diverse – from fundraising to social work; and from primary education to the law. Yet, one thing unites them: a passionate commitment to see broken lives restored.
Because we operate so leanly, much of what Hagar does relies on volunteers. These generous individuals - like Natalie Durkin, who tells of her experience working on Cocktails for a Cause below - bring enormous energy and a broad range of skills to help advance Hagar’s mission.
Our experienced Board
is comprised entirely of volunteers and I would particularly like to thank the wonderful Susie Condron for stepping in to lead Hagar Australia over summer, and for her ongoing contribution to Hagar on so many levels.
It was fantastic to meet many of our supporters at Cocktails for a Cause. Without your generous support for Hagar’s work, none of what we do would be possible. Thank you.
I have also enjoyed getting to know some of our corporate partners, such as Corrs Chambers Westgarth, who have kindly hosted me at a number of events to share about Hagar’s work with their clients and staff.
Perhaps most inspirational of all was the opportunity to meet some of the survivors of trafficking, slavery and abuse who, with the support of Hagar, are rebuilding their lives in the wake of severe trauma.
While most of us have not experienced the same kind of trauma as they have, these survivors - each on a unique journey to healing and wholeness - reminded me that we are all on a journey of our own. In a world full of distractions and injustices, our challenge is to focus on the things that really matter and where we can make the most difference.
I was also reminded that, regardless of where you are in the world, every class has a cheeky character! (See if you can find the character at Hagar’s Community Learning Centre in the image below. Let’s hope the Principal doesn’t see this!)
Chief Executive Officer