Impact report 2017
2017 has been a year of consolidation for The Cardoner Project in which our 3 major areas of activity have continued to serve the development and formation of young leaders for the future in service of the poor and marginalised.
Our highlights have included; the completion of the renovation of the Bellarmine House residential accommodation; the growth in function popularity and income, stability for The Two Wolves Community Cantina; and a significant increase in demand for ‘Service Year’ volunteer placements due to new community relationships in Sri Lanka and India; the commencement of strategic framework for a Jesuit centre for Social Entrepreneurship; and most importantly the successful operation of our first year for the Manresa Programme.
The Manresa Programme is at the core of our purpose, the provide formation in the Ignatian tradition for young leaders of the future. This programme will secure and build the human capital required to continue this work into the future.
In all that is being done at Cardoner House we depend greatly on our volunteer support and our partners both here and abroad. In particular, our partnerships with our fellow Jesuit Social Ministries locally continue to gain traction and promise much for our future work. In Sydney we hope to formalise new partnerships with ACU and The Sydney Archdiocese.
So at this time of year I would like to say thank you to all who serve The Cardoner Project, the wonderful volunteers, the incredibly dedicated staff, the members of The Advisory Board and The Province Of Ce, who under the guidance of Fr Provincial, Brian McCoy SJ, ensure we continue to have financial backing to continue our work.
During 2017 we have also completed a review of our Strategic Plan and discerned that The Cardoner Project should become an incorporated entity. This action will not only provide included accountability and transparency for our future operations it will allow The Cardoner Project to apply for its own DGR status and if successful, the ability to accept tax-deductible donations, critical to the future of our programmes both here and overseas.
Finally my thanks to the Director of The Cardoner Project Fr David Braithwaite SJ. Fr David continues to provide the inspiration and endless energy which drives this work which creates the opportunity for so many who continue to be formed to ensure that the grace of service is present in their everyday lives.
(President of the Board Room)