Community Engagement

Man.Talk Melbourne

In December 2023, Foster Ramsay Finance supported the Man.Talk Melbourne event. Which was a Broker Community initiated event that brought mental health in men to the forefront of discussion.

After losing some in the Broker Community in 2023 to their own mental health challenges, a small number within the Community decided it was time for action and to lead change. So as a Team brought together five brave men who shared their very personal and confronting stories. With the panel taking the audience through the lead-up to the mental health event, the event itself, the collateral damage caused and the recovery, each shared a different but equally worthy story.

Complimented by two specialist mental health clinicians from a major Melbourne hospital and a specialist in the treatment of anxiety, the event also was able to discuss what to do if someone you know or love was in need of emergency mental health support.

Proudly supported by many industry partners in Brokerage business, Lenders and AMP – who hosted the event and matched donations to Beyond Blue dollar for dollar.

Link: Australian Broker news story | Mortgage Experts share ‘powerful’ stories

East Doncaster Netball Club

The long-established East Doncaster Netball Club plays in the Manningham Netball Competition and is based in the Templestowe region.

EDNC aims to offer players a wide-ranging netball program, from beginners to an advanced player skillset, whilst maintaining a healthy and fun competition.

We’re supporters of the club through both family connections and our Community Grants program. In 2023, we provided financial support to supply all Club players with a new training uniform. This allowed players to have a specific training day uniform and to keep their match day uniform laundered, fresh, and ready to go.

The financial support also extended to the club’s annual presentation night, where we provided over thirty door prizes to suit a range of ages and tastes. Prizes ranged from high-quality netballs, spa, and movie vouchers to limited edition Four Pillars and Yarra Valley winery products.

Providing 2,500 Christmas meals in partnership with hunger charities

We’ve also donated funds to Oz Harvest, Second Bite and Foodbank that will allow 2500 meals to be served to those in the Victorian community who are really doing it tough this year. Like you, we know how much a meal together can mean. Christmas lunch allows us to spend time with loved ones, pay tribute to those who may have left us, and reminisce over memories and milestones from the year that passed. 

Fun Fact: To put 2500 meals into perspective, it’s bigger than the World’s longest lunch event, held annually as part of the Melbourne food and wine festival and equal to a capacity crowd at Hamer Hall, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, or the Perth Concert Hall. 


Oxfam Unwrapped

What do a Goat, Chicken, Cow, Duck, Fish, Garden seeds, tools, manures, and a handloom all have in common? They make up the 2023 Oxfam unwrapped Christmas Collection, and these help Mums, Dads and Families on the land and entrepreneurial women add to and start a business that will provide them with income to live a better life. It’s their version of being homeowners and living with purpose, I guess! 


Kmart Wishing Tree

Over the weekend, Fiona, Hamish and I dropped past our local Kmart. We purchased a toy power drill and floor mat – with a racing car track printed on it. We left them under the Kmart Wishing Tree for the Salvation Army to distribute to a family in need. We hope the new family can get as much enjoyment from these as Hamish did when he was younger. 

Other organisations we’re involved with

We also support these amazing organisations below in the way of donations of volunteer time, funds or both.

  • Burwood Heights Primary School
  • Beyond Blue
  • Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea
  • Food Bank
  • Jump Rope For Heart
  • Legacy
  • Movember
  • Oxfam Community Unwrapped
  • OzHarvest
  • Red Shield Appeal
  • RSL Poppy Appeal
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal
  • SecondBite
  • The Heart Foundation
  • The KMart Wishing Tree Appeal
  • The Salvation Army
  • Thread Together
  • And more!

Are you a local community group?

We are passionate about supporting the local community. If you have an idea about how we can support you, please get in touch.