The Casey Cardinia Foundation presented Michelle Jankovic, a volunteer with charity Touched By Olivia, a wonderful donation towards ‘Livvi’s Place’ Casey at Fridays annual charity dinner. The ‘Livvi’s Place’ Casey project is working in partnership with the City of Casey to build the first Inclusive Playspace in the South East of Victoria, a place where children of all abilities will be able to play side by side.
Touched By Olivia volunteer Michelle Jankovic speaking at the Casey Cardinia Foundation Dinner
Michelle Jankovic: “I am passionate and proud to be a part of this wonderful project. From my personal experience, as a mother of my son who was born 8 weeks premature, resulting in Cerebral Palsy with a right hand difference, a day at the local playground was hard work. My son had poor balance and weak muscles which limited him in what pieces of equipment he could use. At the same time, my daughter also born 8 weeks premature, would run off and amuse herself while Bailey watched on. This new magical playspace will bring children of all abilities together side by side to play”.
The Casey Cardinia Foundation supports local organisations and projects which benefit the social, community and physical development of the community. The philanthropic foundation, raises funds for local community groups throughout the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire, with funds dispersed through an annual grants program.
The ‘Livvi’s Place’ Casey project is being driven by a passionate group of volunteers and parents of children with disabilities. Local resident and volunteer Michelle Jankovic, proudly accepted the grant of $10,000 by the Casey Cardinia Foundation for play equipment at the inclusive playspace, to be built in Marriot Waters, Lyndhurst.
Touched By Olivia volunteers Michelle Jankovic and Therese Howell
The Casey Cardinia Foundation annual charity dinner was presented by sporting personality Sandy Roberts. A wonderful night provided plenty of fundraising opportunities to assist the Casey Cardinia Foundation to raise funds to meet the ever increasing demand for help in delivering charitable works in Cardinia Shire and City of Casey.
Michelle Jankovic and sporting personality Sandy Roberts
Jason Wood MP enjoyed a night full of fun and entertainment. Showing his support of local community charities. Jason has always been heavily involved with his local community.
Michelle Jankovic and Jason Wood MP for the Federal seat of La Trobe, Victoria
Brad Battin MP attended the charity dinner and has been a local resident for most of his life. Brad has been involved in local community groups and understands the importance of local volunteers, sports clubs and community groups.
Brad Battin: “It was a pleasure to attend the Casey Cardinia Foundation dinner to support local community groups. I have supported the foundation over the years and see firsthand the outcomes of the work by the committee.”
Michelle Jankovic and Brad Battin MP for Gembrook, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment
Cr Amanda Stapledon enjoyed the charity event and is passionate about our community. Amanda is a Foundation Board Member and has represented this region as a Councillor and as the former Mayor of Casey Council and has lived locally for 18 years and was the driving force in merging Casey with the Cardinia Foundation.
Amanda Stapledon: “The evening was a fabulous success and brought together so many great Casey Cardinia businesses and community members who support the Foundation, and the community members and groups that it donates to.”
Michelle Jankovic and Amanda Stapledon, Deputy Mayor at City of Casey
Adam Khan from Khan’s Hospitality Services, provided a beautiful three course meal. O’Connor’s eye fillet steak and oven baked tasmanian salmon fillet along with mouthwatering desserts showcased the evening.
Adam Khan: “It was a great pleasure to host the Cardinia Foundation dinner for its 11th year. It’s particularly rewarding knowing that the funds raised from the evening go to such an amazing organisation Touched By Olivia.”
Michelle Jankovic and Adam Khan from Khan’s Hospitality Services
Mark Andrew Tabone entertained guests with his Tribute show. Mark performed songs from Austin Powers, Dean Martin & Elvis. Guests were amused by Marks sense of humour and engaging performance.
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Michelle Jankovic Thank You speech