Earlier this year IQ Group officially launched the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. The IQ Pat Baker Foundation was set up in memory of Pat Baker, a wonderful colleague who was instrumental in building IQ Group Australia. Pat was kind, enthusiastic and generous with his knowledge and support; he enjoyed helping those around him. He sadly passed away in 2016, but his memory continues to live on.
“We hope that, through this Foundation, the legacy of Pat is never forgotten,” said Belinda McKinlay, Head of the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. “This Foundation has been a long time in the making, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The goal of this Foundation is to support two charities, including one international and one national charity, through fundraising, volunteering and donations; The Smith Family and Hopes and Dreams. Recently the IQ Pat Baker Foundation ran its first fundraising activity at IQ Group’s monthly company-wide meeting. Representatives from both charities attended the evening.
The Smith Family is an Australian community-based initiative that works to give disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential. Research shows supporting a child’s education and learning is one of the most effective means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and this is what The Smith Family is all about today. By helping to provide this, we are empowering young minds to build a better future for themselves.
Hopes and Dreams is an international charity dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in Africa and India. They work to bring basic human needs, social justice, self-worth and a sense of purpose to families living in poverty. 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. Hopes and Dreams strives to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty for those who have been in this condition for years and even generations.
“We’re looking forward to running more fundraising activities this year,” said Belinda. “It has been great getting to support and build awareness for The Smith Family and Hopes and Dreams through the IQ Pat Baker Foundation.”
IQ Group will be supporting our nominated charities to ensure the legacy of Pat Baker is never forgotten.
To find out more about the IQ Pat Baker Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.