Silvio Marinelli first became involved with Alannah & Madeline Foundation three years ago. Since then, Silvio and his Highview team have raised almost $60,000 to help keep kids safe from violence and bullying.
A die-hard Tigers fan, Silvio – a partner in Melbourne business, Highview Accounting & Financial – turned to Richmond Football Club when he and his workmates were taking part in Run Melbourne and were looking for a charity to support.
The club recommended the Foundation, its preferred charity partner since 2012.
“I remember Port Arthur very well, so I certainly knew of Walter Mikac and the Foundation,” Silvio said.
“And there’s lots of people at our office who have kids, so keeping kids safe resonated with all of us.”
Silvio and the Highview team began to interact more and more with the Foundation. Staff came in and packed Buddy Bags. They held a morning tea where Foundation staff visited to talk about the Foundation and its work.
“Once you hear those stories about children in emergency care, you can’t help but want to be involved,” he said.
“We saw videos of children and their parents with their Buddy Bags. It breaks your heart to think of it.”
Knowing how the Foundation spends its money is a big part of why Silvio and Highview supports it.
“It’s many people doing little things to instigate big changes.”
Coincidentally, Silvio is also the player manager of WBBL star Elyse Villani who has become an Ambassador for the anti-bullying initiative, Dolly’s Dream.
Dolly’s Dream is supported by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
“She’s got a real affinity for the Foundation and seen its work and had been talking about volunteering her time. Cricket Australia is also a charity partner, so it was an amazing synergy to see Elyse become involved in a charity that meant so much to me already.”
Last year, Highview held a trivia night and raised about $12,000. And Silvio has now personally raised around $39,000 from fundraising for Run Melbourne.
“I can’t see why I wouldn’t be part of the Foundation for a long time,” he said.
“I now donate $200 a month. I’ve seen the great work it does, and I want to be part of the solution.
“Being part of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is good for the soul.”
Photo supplied by Richmond Football Club.
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