This exciting ‘pitch & pledge’ charity evening harnesses the power of collective giving, powered by The Funding Network Australia. Through philanthropy, together we create lifesaving change for young people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Join the action and help us make an impact for young people in crisis!

Register now!

How does crowdfunding work?

The evening event is hosted by our special guest MC, ABC Broadcaster James Valentine, who will introduce three exceptional speakers. The speakers will share their personal experiences with addiction and the importance of the Triple Care Farm model of life-saving youth drug and alcohol programs – withdrawal, rehabilitation and aftercare.

Each speaker receives 6 minutes to deliver their pitch about why their program deserves your support. Then the fun really starts!  Audience members pledge their financial support for each pitch in a fast paced and interactive giving segment.

At the end of the night we reveal the total amount raised, against a backdrop of laughter, tears and gratitude! Drinks and light refreshments are served before and during the event.

You can also watch the highlights of the 2022 event in the short video below.

TFN James Valentine

Meet the 2023 presenters

Lincoln Pullin

Withdrawal Program

Lincoln is a passionate young member of the LGBTQIA+ community, driven to provide support and create meaningful change for those who are less fortunate. Growing up with several mental health conditions and in a heavily drug-affected area, Lincoln has witnessed first-hand the brutality substance abuse can have on the life of a young person and the impact poor mental health can have on perpetuating this cycle. Using this experience, Lincoln hopes to be a driving force in providing support for young people nationally.

Although young, Lincoln has many notable accomplishments under his belt. Lincoln was a member of the inaugural United Nations Youth Australia Emerging Leaders Program, a three week tour that saw Australia’s brightest and most ambitious young people travel Japan, China and South Korea discussing prevalent political issues. As well as this, Lincoln is remembered at his small rural high school for leading the way for LGBTQIA+ students in Catholic Education and campaigning for just and fair treatment for all in the face of adversity. Lincoln is also a member of our Youth Advisory Group.

Jess Pereira

Rehabilitation Program

Jess is a graduate commercial lawyer that is passionate about the many social and political issues affecting young people today. Jess studied a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Social Justice and minoring in Criminology. During university, Jess completed the Macquarie University Global Leadership Program with Merit. She was also the recipient of the 2020 MQ Outstanding Volunteer Award and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Macquarie University Law School Community.

Given her background in law, social science, and criminology; Jess is a strong believer in supporting models that treat addiction as a public health issue, instead of a criminal one. She resonates with the work of Triple Care Farm as it provides a holistic rehabilitation service that focuses on how young people suffering from addiction can re-enter into society in a sustainable and meaningful way. Jess is also a member of our Youth Advisory Group.

Amanda Graham

Aftercare Program

Amanda is an experienced Private Wealth Adviser and a proud Committee member of the Shaw and Partners Foundation; she also volunteers at 10×10 Philanthropy. In February 2007, Amanda reached out for help and is now just over sixteen years sober and during that time has witnessed many other people break free of the cycle of addiction and substance abuse, and experience life in a way they never thought possible.

Amanda knows firsthand that that recovery from addiction is very complex, and that one of the key determinants of long term success is feeling understood and supported to maintain the positive changes and overcome challenges that arise. Sir David martin Foundation’s Aftercare program is a crucial part of treatment for young people and supports them as they transition back into the community after treatment, re-engage with family and begin new pathways towards education and employment.

Who should attend?

Everyone! This event is for anyone who is committed to helping vulnerable young Australians break the devastating cycle of addiction! This special crowdfunding evening offers a new & exciting way of giving for individuals, families, schools and corporates.

Hear from people who will share their stories of lived experience, and learn about the impact these programs are having each day for young people in crisis, before committing your donation. There will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with speakers and guests  – you can even challenge your friends and colleagues to match your donation. Together, we can connect and make real and lasting change for young people seeking help to turn their lives around.

What is The Funding Network?

The Funding Network (TFN) connects forward-thinking funders and businesses with grassroots organisations to drive positive social change. Their high-energy TFN Live crowdfunding events raise vital funds for the greater good. Learn more about recent TFN events here.

Want to know more?

We’d love to hear from you! Simply email Jenny Leahy at if you want more information about how to get involved with Connect for Youth.

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