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Footy legend Kevin Sheedy AO has played a key role in raising $35,000 to help vulnerable young girls and women in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions. The funds will be used to help young women and girls continue their education and avoid encounters with the legal system through the Living Free Project, program delivered by TaskForce.

Mr Sheedy was the keynote speaker at the inaugural GOOD TALKS luncheon at the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club on Friday 1 July.

An Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend, Mr Sheedy was interviewed about his record-breaking career as a footy coach and player, the events that shaped his life and what drives him to advocate for better opportunities and outcomes for people.

A member of a large family raised by his widowed mother, Mr Sheedy said: “It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from … courage is finding out who you can be … or who you want to be.”

The event was the inaugural charity fundraising luncheon organised by The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club Foundation and Order of Australia Association FMP Regional Group.

Frank Andrews won the auction for a lunch with Mr Sheedy with a bid of $4,500.

Mr Andrews said: “I’m hoping Sheeds can give our staff some insight into improving ourselves, trying to make ourselves the best version of ourselves, and generally assist in motivation.

“We are always looking at ways to engage with our staff and I think a talk by someone of Sheeds reputation will be appreciated. He is a lateral thinker with a social conscience, and I think this is to be admired. He made Essendon great, set standards.”

A cheque for $35,000 was presented to TaskForce Community Agency by Mr Sheedy, Geoff Walsh AO and Sean Sammon (of York Park Group – principal sponsors of the lunch) and Glenn Fernandez (Chair of PKGC Foundation Board).

Photo of authorities attending the Good Talks event along TaskForce executives holding check regarding funds raised in the event

Lisa Abbott, Executive Manager at TaskForce said:

“We are grateful to The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club Foundation and the OAAFMPRG for their amazing support.

“The money raised will go towards TaskForce Community Agency’s Living Free Project which has been operating across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula area for five years.

“These funds will help the Living Free Project reach more vulnerable girls and young women, support them to understand their unique strengths and abilities, create opportunities that will see them thrive and support them to realise their potential and find out who they can be.”

Glenn Fernandez, Chair of PKCF said: “The PK Community Foundation is thrilled to be supporting the important work done by Living Free Project for a second year. We recognise that the critical post-pandemic work begins now for vulnerable and disadvantage communities in our local area. We hope that our modest contribution can create a positive impact on young girls and women in Frankston.

“We were also delighted with the outcome of the inaugural GOOD TALKS lunch event. We hope that this can be an annual community event to acknowledge, celebrate and reflect on the good work done in the community”.

Outgoing Chair of the OAAFMPRG, Geoff Walsh, said the success of the event reflected both organisations looking to make a genuine difference in their local communities.

“We also want to recognise the generosity of Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty as one of the two principal sponsors of the lunch, and the members of both organisations who supported the event.”