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Peggy Flannery (centre left) and Nicqui Yazdi (centre right) at the recent cheque handover with the BYS team.
Peggy Flannery (centre left) and Nicqui Yazdi (centre right) at the recent cheque handover with the BYS team.

A surprise donation announced at a Byron Youth Service fundraising dinner on Monday night will help ensure the continued operation of services for young people in the Byron shire.

Due to government cuts this year the Byron Youth Service was left without funding for programs they have been operating for nearly 25 years.

A $50,000.00 donation from the Flannery Foundation, the charitable organisation run by Brian and Peggy Flannery, owners of Elements of Byron, was announced by Sun Bistro manager Anthony ‘Twig’ Connor.

‘This wonderful donation from the Flannery Foundation will go a long way toward providing youth programs this year that Byron Youth Service thought we would be unable to do’ said long term Byron Youth Service volunteer and supporter Nicqui Yazdi.

‘Without support from the local community, including organisations like The Flannery Foundation, Byron Youth Service may not survive into the future. It’s important that we all support Byron’s young people as they are our future’.

The fundraising dinner, held at the Flannerys Sun Bistro, raised some $1610 from the sale of 28 donated artworks. The works were enthusiastically auctioned by Byron’s shining star Tommy Franklin.

‘We’ve been quite blessed in our life so we feel it’s important for us to put back into the community’ said Peggy Flannery.

‘I took Nicqui Yazdi on a tour of Elements of Byron a couple of years ago and was impressed with what she told me of the work of the Byron Youth Service. We are very happy to provide a little support’.

The Flannery Foundation works to support existing grass roots humanitarian projects. Locally their focus has been on providing much needed funding and professional support for the critical work of The Buttery.

The main focus of The Flannery Foundation is homeless women and children and children at risk. They support over 25 charities on an ongoing basis including Street Swag, Food Bank, ACT for Kids, Redkite, Bravehearts, Anglicare and Multicap.


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