Once again, in 2018, our long-term partnership with Adara Development helped deliver incredible social impact in Asia and Africa.
Through our Adara Ambassador program, highly skilled MinterEllison lawyers have the opportunity to undertake a life-changing, long-term secondment with Adara, a unique for-purpose business that delivers essential health services for women and children in Uganda and educational opportunities for children in a remote area of Nepal.
In 2018, our Adara Ambassador, Natalie Bentley, had the opportunity to advise Adara on contractual issues arising from an extension to Adara's NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) in Uganda, update Adara's policies and procedures in accordance with legal and international development sector obligations, and review Adara's child protection protocols to keep pace with best practice.
"MinterEllison's partnership with the Adara Group has a huge impact, and is a shining example of the power of a business non-profit partnership. The brilliant legal work Minters did for us to establish our ground breaking new corporate advisory business for purpose, Adara Partners, was critical to our successful launch. On top of that, the MinterEllison's Ambassador is a key member of our senior global team, working with our development and business teams hand in hand. We are so grateful to MinterEllison for this amazing partnership,” Audette Exel AO, Founder of Adara.
We are delighted to continue our long association with Adara and proud of Natalie's wonderful contribution as our Adara Ambassador.
The LBW (Learning for a Better World) Trust
Closer to home, we have engaged with the LBW Trust – an initiative of the cricket community – to raise funds and awareness in Australia for Kakenya's Dream. Kakenya's Dream is inspirational: Dr Kakenya Ntaiya's dream is simple: "I had a dream where all the girls in my village could go to school." Kakenya (pictured below with Virginia Briggs) earned her PhD in education in the USA and returned to her community in Kenya to fulfil her promise. The LBW Trust – with the support of MinterEllison, Qantas, Macquarie Bank and PWC – is proud to support Kakenya's Dream.
The Growth Project
The Growth Project helps to build the leadership capacity of emerging not-for-profit sector leaders in Australia. This year, Paul Schoff, the leader of our Commercial and Regulatory team, was matched with Megan Donnell, founder of the Sanfillipo Children's Foundation. They are pictured together below at a Growth Project seminar. Their goal was to raise awareness and expand the reach of the foundation. The foundation exists to improve the quality of life for children who suffer from Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
Paul Schoff speaks candidly of the impact The Growth Project had on him: "In my mind the benefits of collaborating through The Growth Project with Megan have been very unfairly distributed, overwhelmingly in my favour as a business leader, and as a human. Collaborate, innovate, inspire are the three words that MinterEllison has chosen as its mantra. They are good words, and working with Megan as part of The Growth Project has taught me their true content – their application with urgent and fierce gravity are the keys to how Megan goes about running the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation." Paul has now accepted an invitation to serve in a voluntary capacity on the board of the Sanfilippo Foundation.