Tour de France Dinner on again

Tour de France Dinner on again

Melbourne’s best Tour de France Preview Dinner is on again at the Karralyka Centre in Mines Road, Ringwood East on Monday 24 June 2019.

Once again, SBS expert commentator Matt Keenan is back to host the night, this time with a couple of very special guests:

  • Baden Cooke who snatched the 2003 Tour de France green jacket from another Australian, Robbie McEwan, and
  • Allan Iacuone, national road champion in 1994 and years later the first Australian Cyclocross champion.

Always a great night – book at

Foothills Foundation 2019 Tour de France Dinner Flyer



High Tea a hit

High Tea a hit

On the beautiful Autumn afternoon of Sunday, 19 May 2019, we were treated to a spectacular high tea event, “An Afternoon with Jo Stanley”, at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood East.

Jo Stanley was MC for the day, and, for someone who professes not to do stand up comedy anymore, it took her only a few minutes to have the audience in stitches about “how she got noticed”. Jo was absolutely fantastic in the way that she entertained and interviewed our other guests with genuine warmth, humour and sensitivity.

Netball legend, Bianca Chatfield was also terrific, giving us a mix of the highs and lows of her life as an international sportswoman and as a contestant on The Block. The interplay between Bianca and Jo was fun to watch.

Our designated charity for a grant from raffle proceeds was Spectrum Journeys whose mission is “Equipping and empowering Carers and Educators as they support children on the Autism Spectrum to flourish”. CEO and Founder, Kate Johnson, told a compelling story about her journey with her child on the autism spectrum, how that led to her establishing Spectrum Journeys and how they are helping people to support children on the spectrum by helping the people that need to help them – parents, carers and teachers.

Councillor Marijke Graham and Edwina Ricci, Head of Positive Education (HOPE) at Heathmont College, filled us in on a wonderful educational revolution that is happening in schools across Maroondah – the Maroondah Positive Education Network. Using a positive psychology approach, our children are getting an enriched education experience focused on their individual strengths.

The panel session with Jo, Bianca, Kate and Edwina was also really informative and enjoyable.

One special mention to Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark. As our major sponsor, they had paid for a table for the event but couldn’t make it. Instead they donated the table to Spectrum Journeys allowing Kate to bring her team along and enjoy the day. They also separately sponsor Spectrum Journeys directly – what fantastic community citizens they are.

And we have had a bit of feedback on the event like:

“Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s Foothills event. Loved hearing from all of the speakers about the inspiring ways they are supporting people in challenging circumstances in our community. It really is the little things that go such a long way to make a difference. Very worthwhile.”  Megan, Croydon.

“I had an amazing afternoon.Inspirational speakers, fantastic food and extremely tempting prizes. Let me know when the next event is on and I’ll be there.”  Fiona, Ringwood East.

“The whole afternoon was great. I especially thought the insight on the challenges faced of a carer with an autistic child was very informative. Having the high tea and the raffle was a good way of keeping the afternoon informal but still getting the messages across to the community.” Karen, Mooroolbark.

“That was a fantastic afternoon.” Alicia, Croydon

Thank you, everyone who contributed to a great fund raising event to help those in need in our community of Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and surrounds.

Put these dates in your calendar

Once again, the Foothills Foundation will be running a set of great events across 2019 to provide patrons with fun experiences and inspiring stories while contributing to fundraising to help those in need in our community.

Again we will have the classic events – the Tour de France Dinner, the AFL Finals Lunch, the Annual Charity Golf Day and our Christmas Rendezvous.

We are also following on from last year’s new dinner event -” An Evening with Libbi Gorr” – with another with a bit of a twist. It will be “An Afternoon with Jo Stanley” and it will be a High Tea.

Plus this year, we are adding a new one with a supporter who came on board with us last year – Nick Whitwell from Montara Wines (thanks Nick) – and that is going to be a Wine Tasting Dinner.

Help us in our purpose of “Improving the lives of disadvantaged people in our community”. All of the proceeds of these events go to these disadvantaged people and community services helping them.

Here are all of the dates – get them into your calendars now and we’ll get more details out to you as soon as we can.

  1. An Afternoon with Jo Stanley – High Tea at Karralyka Centre, Ringwood East – Sunday 19 May 2019, 3.00 pm.
  2. Tour de France Dinner at Karralyka Centre – Monday, 24 June 2019
  3. Winetasting Dinner at Karralyka Centre – Wednesday, 31 July 2019
  4. AFL Finals Lunch at Karralyka Centre – Thursday, 26 September 2019
  5. Annual Charity Golf Day at Yering Meadows – Thursday, 21 November 2019
  6. Christmas Rendezvous – Thursday, 12 December 2019

Thanks to Karralyka Centre and Yering Meadows Golf Club for your generous support.

And of course to our premium sponsor Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark.

Thank you to Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

Thank you to Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark has been a great supporter of the Foundation for many years now.

We are delighted to announce that Rowan Alexander and the Board of Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark have not only renewed their generous support as our premium sponsor for 2019 – they have upped it to support our new events as well.

We value their participation in all of our fund raising events visibly showing their support for the work that we do at the Foothills Foundation.

In the course of the work that we do, we also encounter numerous other local charities and community services that they support like The Rice Meal and Spectrum Journeys.

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark is a fantastic community citizen. Thank you for making such a positive difference to us and in our community.

Help them to continue to make a difference by supporting them.



Congratulations, Peter Feeney

Congratulations, Peter Feeney

At the Foothills Foundation’s annual Christmas Rendezvous, we present the Clinton White Award in recognition of outstanding community service by a member of our local community.

In 2018, the award was deservedly given to Peter Feeney pictured here being presented with the award by June and Brett White of the White family who have long been patrons of the Foundation in remembrance of Clinton White, a former Board member of the Foundation.

Peter is well known in the Maroondah community for his significant volunteer contributions across many different sectors.

Congratulations, Peter Feeney, our 2018 Clinton White Award recipient and thank you for the contributions that you have made (and continue to make) in our community.