Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Law Society donates to help local charity reach its Raw Potential

The ACT Law Society today announced a donation of just over fifteen thousand dollars fundraised for local charity Raw Potential Canberra.

“Each year, the Law Society President has the privilege of identifying a local charity aligned with the Society’s values to focus our fundraising efforts towards,” said ACT Law Society President Elizabeth Carroll. “We are incredibly proud that this year we are able to contribute more than $15,000 to our 2021 President’s Charity, Raw Potential Canberra.”

“Raw Potential is a local Canberra charity empowering disadvantaged youth by providing non-judgemental support and opportunities for a bright future, and we see many synergies between their work and the Society’s advocacy focus on raising the age of criminal responsibility in the ACT.

“Our main fundraising events for the President’s Charity are held as part of ACT Law Week each May. Law Week has been held annually in the ACT since the 1990s, with the Society coordinating six days of events to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

“This year, ACT Law Week raised just over ten thousand dollars from the generous contributions of members of the local legal profession, and the support of our volunteers and the wider legal sector.

“In addition to the Law Week profits, our annual President’s Charity also receives a disbursement from the ACT Law Society Foundation.”

The ACT Law Society Foundation was established in 2012 as a Centenary of Canberra project as an enduring expression of the ACT legal profession’s connection with, and concern and support for, Canberra and its charities and worthy causes. The Foundation continues to grow each year from direct donations as well as receiving half of all Law Week profits.

“On behalf of the ACT Law Society, it is with great pleasure that I present our donation of $15,231 to Raw Potential Canberra today,” said Ms Carroll. "Their services to local at-risk youth are under incredible pressure in the current climate, and it’s heartening to know that this money will allow Raw Potential to add another part-time outreach worker.”

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