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The grant received from The Ian Potter Foundation in May 2014 on $1.5million represents 60% of the projected budget for The Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden. Since then Centennial Parklands Foundation has been actively seeking and pursuing various funding sources to raise the remaining $1million.

The detailed design and construction phase of the project has now begun.  An external project manager (Roots Projects Australia - RPA) has been engaged and the procurement method agreed. Site surveys have been carried out and the tender process to appoint a landscape architect is underway.

Significant existing trees at the site are being identified and assessed as to their suitability for incorporation into the design. Given that the ethos of the Garden is to create the next generation of environmental stewards, environmental impacts are being given the highest consideration as part of the design process.

As mentioned below The Park Dinner recently raised $90,000 towards the Garden, and other community based fundraising is sitting at approximately $15,000

This is a fantastic fundraising achievement however; we still have almost $900,000 to go! Click here to get involved.

$90,000 raised at The Park Dinner, presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre

posted: 13 October 2014

On Wednesday 8 October Centennial Parklands Foundation held their annual fundraising dinner,
The Park Dinner, presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

The glamorous function launched the Foundation’s campaign to raise the remaining $1 million for The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden and a staggering $90,000 was pledged in a few short hours.  

The sold out event, hosted by Sally Obermeder, was attended by Centennial Parklands Foundation ambassadors, Greig Pickhaver (“H.G. Nelson”) and Michael (“Wippa”) and Lisa Wipfli and special guest Marta Dusseldorp. As well as Centennial Parklands Foundation Chair Rebekah Giles and her fellow Governors, Executive Director Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Kim Ellis, and Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust Chair, Tony Ryan. Along with many loyal donors and local celebrities.

The formal dinner was proudly supported by presenting sponsor Jaeger-LeCoultre, Centennial Parklands Dining (a member of the Trippas White Group), Taylors Wines and Coco Republic. Joseph Murray, Managing Director, Trippas White Group says “It was a great honour to host The Park Dinner for the seventh year. To be able to support The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden is very rewarding. An initiative that inspires children to let their imagination run wild is one that is close to our hearts. We look forward to continuing our support of the Centennial Parklands Foundation and local community through Centennial Parklands Dining and Queens Park Shed”.

Rebekah Giles says “This campaign is an opportunity to be a part of creating a living legacy for our children or grandchildren and for all the children of today and tomorrow. We are now 10% closer to the remaining target and I encourage everyone to get involved”.

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