We are absolutely thrilled that our CEO, Laura O’Reilly, was announced as the winner of Women’s Weekly Women of the Future 2014 Award.
Decided by an amazing panel of judges made up of Rachel Griffiths, Penny Wong, Turia Pitt, Lisa Wilkinson, Jennifer Hawkins, Jana Wendt and Ann Sherry, Laura was selected from more than 500 entries from the philanthropy, community, academic, science and business sectors.
Laura was recognised for her work with Fighting Chance, a charity she developed and now runs with brother Jordan that provides employment and training opportunities for people with significant disabilities through the creation of innovative social businesses.
Hear and see what Fighting Chance is about from Laura, the team and the people we support:
After receiving the award, Laura said “It is an honour to be selected from such an amazing group of entries and I thank everybody who has been involved with or supported Fighting Chance since our organisation began.”
Laura added: “There are around 800,000 Australians who we believe are looking for the sort of employment and vocational opportunities that Fighting Chance can provide. Our vision is to be part of the solution for that group and we want to grow to meet that need, this award and the awareness generated will be hugely beneficial with that.”
Women’s Weekly awarded $20,000 Laura which will go towards Fighting Chance’s Jigsaw social enterprise and $10,000 in flights which will be used to create networking opportunities with disability, corporate and philanthropic organisations around Australia.
Today has been a whirlwind day as Laura has appeared on Channel 9’s Today Show and also Radio National’s breakfast program.
Donate now to help expand the employment and vocational opportunities that Fighting Chance provides.