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Introducing the Pat Baker Foundation

Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

In 2017 we will be launching the Pat Baker Foundation in memory of a wonderful colleague. Instrumental in building IQ Group in Australia, Pat Baker was a kind, enthusiastic and a genuine man.We hope by starting this Foundation in his honour his memories live on.

The goal for the Foundation will be to help two charities, including one international and one national charity.

Nominated by ballot, our international charity is Hopes and Dreams™. Hopes and Dreams™ has two key goals – to provide clean water in remote areas in Africa and India and assist the poor in providing Micro Enterprise Development opportunities. The focus is on extreme poverty where people live on less than $2 a day.

Hopes and Dreams™ coach and train beneficiaries to run successful viable and independent micro businesses.

With the goal to change someone’s destiny, the concept is to teach small business skills to help women that would not necessarily be able to borrow funds to start a small business. With a small loan and a mentoring program women use their skills to generate an income that can in turn fund the next batch of stock for ongoing trading.

Our support of Australian charity, The Smith Family is another community-based initiative with a target for IQ Group to support five school kids receive a better education. Continuing the theme of breaking the poverty cycle, The Smith Family focuses on children and the belief every child should have the opportunity to an education.

By helping to provide this we are empowering these young minds to build a future for themselves.

IQ staff decided instead of donating Easter Eggs they collected money for The Smith Family.Together we collected $460.

I am proud to have been nominated as the Head of the Pat Baker Foundation.As a mother, I understand that a child’s education is very important and I want to be able to help make a difference.

On behalf of IQ Group and its staff we will be supporting our nominated charities, Hopes and Dreams plus The Smith Family and ensuring the legacy of Pat is never forgotten.

Belinda McKinlay

Head of Pat Baker Foundation

Consultant – Business Analysis


 


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