9 June 2023

Fitzroy Legal Service is pleased to announce that all donations made to this year’s Fearless and Feisty Giving Sprint will be tripled with the generous support of long-standing partners Allens and Maurice Blackburn. 

Commencing on 15 June until the end of the financial year, the Giving Sprint will provide vital funds to keep Fitzroy Legal Service fearless and feisty in eliminating discriminatory systems and driving forward justice in the year to come.

Find out more about the campaign donate.fls.org.au/givingnow

CEO Kristine Olaris said that for fifty years Fitzroy Legal Service had been a shining champion of fairness and justice in Victoria, and by coming together as a community we would be in a strong position to champion fairness in an unfair system.  

From beginning as a group of passionate lawyers who volunteered from the basement of Fitzroy Town Hall, our team of over 270 volunteers and dedicated cohort of staff continue to stand in solidarity with fellow community members who face discrimination, systemic barriers and stigma.

Kristine Olaris, CEO Fitzroy Legal Service

“Over the past 50 years we have been fearless in our client services supporting some 150,000 people; we have been feisty in disrupting harmful systems case after case; and dedicated to championing community-driven justice through all that we do.  

“I’m incredibly thankful to our longstanding partner Allens for supporting this effort alongside their commitment to fund our lawyer trainee program for the last 25 years.

“This year, they’re joined by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, enabling us to triple the charitable impact of each donation we receive up to $12,500 and support us to be feisty and fearless for the years to come.” 

Chair Claire Febey said the Giving Sprint came off the back of an organisation-wide push to bring about a sustainable and thriving future for the service. “We know what we need to realise our vision for a fairer Victoria, and now we need your support,” Claire said.

Over the next three years we’re looking for $350,000 to attract the best and brightest, $500,000 to expand our work for systemic change, and $450,000 to ensure our programs reach more of the people who need us. 

Claire Febey, Chair Fitzroy Legal Service

“This truly is a community-driven organisation, and with your support FLS will continue to fight for a fairer system for another 50 years, building on the incredible legacy already laid.” 

Fitzroy Legal Service’s Fearless and Feisty Giving Sprint commences 15 June 2023 with all donations tax deductible for the EOFY. Matched giving by Allens and Maurice Blackburn will triple your impact to reach $37,000.

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