Fighting Chance

History

Fighting Chance Australia

Fighting Chance Australia was launched in early 2011 by siblings Laura and Jordan O’Reilly and a team of committed young professionals who shared the O’Reillys’ vision of a brighter future for people with disabilities and their families in Australia.

The organisation was established to be an innovative provider of services and to challenge the injustices and societal exclusion facing people with disabilities in Australia.

Since its launch in January 2011, Fighting Chance Australia has gone on to raise over $1,000,000 and establish a number of programs and social enterprises which provide opportunities to young adults with disability in Sydney.

Fighting Chance Fund

Fighting Chance began its life as a charitable fund in 2009, providing financial support for families of children with disabilities to access therapy services.

The Fund was set up in memory of late political journalist David O’Reilly by his widow Sue O’Reilly, as well as board members Dominic Corrigan and Robert Nelson. At its launch at Parliament House in 2009 addresses were given by NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) architect Bruce Bonyhady and then-Federal Disability Minister Bill Shorten.

Notable achievements of the Fund included a donation of $96,000 to the Special Education Unit of Truscott Street Public School, made possible by the Stockbrokers Foundation. Fighting Chance Fund was also the beneficiary of a significant donation from the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery which supported numerous families to access therapy in 2010.

In late 2010, the Fund ceased operations owing to time and work constraints of the existing directors, and Fighting Chance Australia was born.