Sustain the Convent
Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) is a proudly community-focused organisation. We are home to 126 small businesses, including independent artists, not-for-profits, wellbeing practitioners and sole traders; two galleries, four hospitality providers, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space, enjoyed by close to 1 million visitors every year.
Like many in our community, we have been hit significantly hard by the COVID-19 restrictions—with our gates shut to the public since 26 March, all 20+ venues immediately closed, and every event, workshop, performance and booking cancelled. In addition, a large number of our tenants are experiencing significant financial strain, as the pandemic has directly impacted their livelihoods and continues to do so.
This is a sustainability appeal.
As the impacts of COVID-19 evolve, our key focus remains on protecting our National Heritage Listed precinct, sustaining our on-site tenant community, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our team and community, and planning for ongoing repair and regeneration. As we actively work to keep the future bright for the whole of our community, we would greatly benefit from your help with the day-to-day expenses that do not stop, and some that increase, during a pandemic.
We need your support now more than ever.
Right now, we need the support of our community as we navigate this time of disruption. The stark fact is that hibernation and ‘dark nights’ costs money, and the operational responsibilities of managing the expansive Convent precinct and its growing community, do not stop in a crisis. Things like heightened site-wide cleaning regimes and increased security needed during the pandemic are just some of the additional ‘nuts and bolts’ expenses that the ACF will incur, to provide our community with a safe and protected place to connect, retreat and recharge – 365 days of the year.
Help sustain the Convent through this once-in-a-century crisis.
Your support will go directly to meeting our increased operational costs for managing COVID-19 impacts to support the diverse communities we serve. Your generosity will help sustain the Convent through this crisis and enable us to act on the possibilities change represents – to ensure our community services are best placed for the upcoming period of repair and regeneration.
We are aiming to raise at least $60,000 by 30 June 2020 to help sustain the Convent through this once-in-a-century crisis.
This contribution will help the Convent to provide increased site amenity and support to our 126 tenants who are on-site, and to the community who will return to the precinct as restrictions change. Critically, this support will help us activate and enliven the precinct as COVID-19 restrictions are eased over the coming months.
Abbotsford Convent is an independent, secular, not-for-profit organisation—and we don’t receive any recurrent funding from any level of government. So right now, more than ever, the support of our community is invaluable.
If you are in a position to contribute, we would deeply appreciate any donation—big or small—to our ‘Sustain the Convent’ appeal.
Our heartfelt thanks for showing your support for the urban oasis that you love.
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