Firm has a ball for Parkerville kids

Basil Hanna, Interpeople events and marketing coordinator Cherie McKie and Chris Bates with a cricket bat signed by Australian Twenty20 players that will be auctioned at the ball. Picture: Marcus Whisson d395927
Basil Hanna, Interpeople events and marketing coordinator Cherie McKie and Chris Bates with a cricket bat signed by Australian Twenty20 players that will be auctioned at the ball. Picture: Marcus Whisson d395927

Interpeople director Chris Bates said Parkerville was a great organisation and while it was the first year it would benefit from the annual ball, his team volunteered for the charity each year.

‘Our whole team goes out there a couple of times a year and does gardening or works with the kids,’ Mr Bates said.

Parkerville is a 110-year-old organisation that started as an orphanage in the suburb of Parkerville and has expanded over the past century to cater for children, young people and families that have suffered abuse.

Chief executive Basil Hanna said Parkerville helped about 1500 people a year from babies to young women in their early 20s and families whose children had experienced abuse.

‘Services include out of home care for children, foster care, at risk youth centres, work-based education programs and child sexual assault treatment services,’ Mr Hanna, who joined the organisation eight-and-a-half years ago, said.

Parkerville receives state, federal and local government support but 25-30 per cent of its funding comes from community and corporate philanthropy.

The ball, which is on Saturday, April 6, at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, is just one of Interpeople’s philanthropic initiatives.

Mr Bates said the business donated 10 per cent of its annual profit to charity. For tickets, visit www. stickytickets.com.au/9639.