Happy St Patrick's Day!

Dear Guest,

Happy St Patrick's Day from the Ireland Funds Australia. We hope your weekend was filled with festivities and friends.

The Ireland Funds Australia kicked off celebrations for the week with a Supporters Reception, hosted by Deloitte Sydney, giving us an opportunity to thank our board members, major sponsors and friends for all of their support in 2018.

Chairman Yvonne Le Bas provided an overview of significant impacts over the last two years and the wonderful projects we have supported such as Science Gallery Melbourne, Integrate My School and the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute.

Yvonne also spoke of the partnership we have formed with Trinity College Business School to support 20 scholarship places in their MBA Programme for Australian Residents. With the first intake happening this September Yvonne encouraged guests to spread the word across their networks for any bright minds who would like to earn their MBA at Ireland’s leading university.

Friday saw the Ireland Funds Australia celebrate with more than 1,500 people at the world famous Lansdowne Club St Patrick's Day Lunch and also participate in the inaugural Trade Fair held before the lunch at the International Convention Centre.

The Ireland Funds Australia are proud to be The Lansdowne Club's "Charity of Choice". With over 2,500 members, the Lansdowne Club is Australia’s premier Irish business network and we are thrilled to have this charity partnership over the next few years.


The Lansdowne Club donated some of the proceeds of the raffle from the lunch to support one of the scholarships in the above Ireland Funds and Trinity College MBA initiative.


Our Chairman, Yvonne Le Bas was also awarded the highest honour from The Lansdowne Club on the day, the Peter Brennan Chairman's Award in recognition of her service to the Irish community.

In 2018 we had a record-breaking grant round of over $1.8 million to 11 projects.

Full details of our grant round can be viewed in our Trustee Report and additional information about our projects can be viewed here.

Our next grant round is fast approaching in June and with your help, we would love to continue to make a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate. There are tangible ways you can contribute such as attending our events, joining or renewing one of our giving programmes and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.

You can also make a one-off tax deductible donation*.


On behalf of our Chairman Yvonne Le Bas, our Board of Directors, Young Leaders and myself thank you for all that you do.


Teresa Keating

Executive Director

*Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible

Meet the Board - Patrick Tuttle

Patrick was Managing Director and Co-Group CEO of ASX-listed Pepper Group Limited from 2008 - 2017, leading the transformation of the business from an Australian specialist mortgage lender into a large scale, global financial services firm. Prior to Pepper, Patrick worked with PwC and Macquarie Bank. Patrick has now taken on a range of corporate advisory and Board roles with a number of emerging financial services businesses in both Australia and the US, utilising his expertise in the non-bank, consumer and SME financing space.

Patrick has been a Governor of the Ireland Funds Australia since 2014 and was recently appointed as a Board Director of Ireland Funds Australia. Patrick is an Australian Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF), having previously been Deputy Chairman and a long-term ASF Board Director.  

Young Leaders Update

On International Women's Day Young Leader Niamh Cunningham was recognised as a Young Woman to Watch in International Affairs. Niamh is a prominent Committee Member of the Sydney Young Leaders and played a huge role in the success of the 2018 Global 5k. Well done to Niamh on this fantastic recognition!

Louise Kelly, a long-standing member of our Sydney Young Leader Committee and our Director of Communications in Australia is headed back home to Ireland. Louise has been an invaluable part of The Ireland Funds Australia family who will be dearly missed and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!

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