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Client spotlight: Flying Fox

Corporate and M&A, Native Title & Public Interest Law, Property & Development
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Public interest client Flying Fox is on a mission to build connections between people with disability and the broader community. We ask CEO Dean Cohen how the organisation goes about its work.

It’s a great idea – how does it work?

Basically, Flying Fox provides social opportunities to young people with disabilities. The organisation is filled with energetic individuals, committed to the pursuit of inclusion. We are a fast-growing organisation, with an extensive waiting list and a large group of passionate volunteers who drive the organisation forward. Our core programs are camps (and who doesn't love getting away with friends for a few days for a bit of R&R!).

We host large groups of young people, with and without disabilities, on adventures that include kayaking, ropes courses, flying foxes (of course), hanging out at the beach and talent shows. 

Where do you go?

We are privileged to host many of our programs at our very own holiday house, Tova House. The property is just an hour north of Melbourne and it really has become home for our Campers and Buddies. We are currently looking to purchase a second holiday house to meet the demand of our community and use the additional resources to support the growth of the organisation.

Over the next couple of years Flying Fox will double in size and the sooner we can secure our second home, the quicker we can grow and provide important social experiences in our community.

How can people get involved with Flying Fox?

Well, I can say that through the support of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Flying Fox has reached a stable and strong position. Briely (Briely Trollope is a senior associate in ABL’s property team) supported us with conveyancing on our holiday house and Stephanie (Stephanie Aitken is a graduate in ABL’s commercial team) is volunteering with us as a Buddy and Board Observer. And we have profoundly benefited from the overall guidance of Jonathan (Jonathan Wenig is a corporate and M&A partner) in shaping so much of our approach to our work.

We welcome volunteers at our camps. The best way to get involved is to head over to our website at flyingfox.org.au to sign up. We also welcome workplace giving and donations to help support our programs. If you just want to hear more – our team is always up for a coffee!

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