Busi­nesses’ fi­nan­cial help for young stars

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A GROUP of Tweed and South­ern Gold Coast busi­nesses are lend­ing a help­ing hand to chil­dren and teens in need of fi­nan­cial sup­port.

The char­ity, which is yet to have an of­fi­cial name, is the brain­child of Shaun Costello and Tim Cun­ning­ham.

Work­ing along­side their busi­ness col­leagues, the pair wanted to es­tab­lish a char­ity that helped chil­dren and teens with the fi­nan­cial side of their cho­sen sport, mu­sic or other in­ter­est.

Mr Cun­ning­ham said ini­tially the or­gan­is­ers thought they’d like to fi­nan­cially sup­port just young ath­letes but quickly re­alised they could help so many more peo­ple.

“There’s a lot of south­ern Gold Coast and North­ern NSW kids who are good at sport,” Mr Cun­ning­ham said.

“Sport was the first thought but then we ex­panded it to stu­dents, mu­si­cians and any kid who is good at some­thing but might not be oth­er­wise to reach their full po­ten­tial (due to fi­nances).”

Mr Costello said he hoped busi­nesses would show their sup­port for the cause.

“There’s a gap in this area for those who have ex­cep­tional abil­ity but may not be able to reach that po­ten­tial due to fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stance,” he said.

“We’re of­fer­ing to bridge that gap by pro­vid­ing ser­vices. This is a chance for busi­nesses to sup­port these kids.”

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to the first three- course lun­cheon at Xe­nia Grill hosted by Wayne “Rab­bit” Bartholomew to sup­port the cause, and come up with a name for the char­ity.

PHOTO: AIS­LING BREN­NAN

HELP­ING HAND: Shaun and Dom­inca Costello, Tim Cun­ning­ham and Dino Ge­or­gakop­u­los are plan­ning on fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing chil­dren through their new char­ity.

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