Fifty years of helping

Charity Colony 47 recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary of making a positive difference in local communities by empowering young Tasmanians to reach their full potential.

In 1973, Jim Colville established Colony 47 with the belief that a collective of young individuals could unite and be accorded the dignity and respect they deserve.

“It’s important to realise that people who are often judged as useless by society have a lot to give if you tap into their potential,” Mr Colville said.

Fifty years on Colony 47 still operates as a community-owned and operated organisation, independent of faith or belief systems, extending its services to anyone who needs them.

Chief executive Dianne Underwood said she had immense pride in the organisation’s accomplishments.

“For half a century Colony 47 has served as a beacon of hope providing safe housing and support services to those in need,” she said.

“Colony 47 is positively transforming the lives of countless individuals and families.

“We continue to identify and nurture the potential in the individuals we encounter every day.

“Through collective efforts we have made a remarkable difference in the lives of countless young individuals, enabling them to overcome adversity and embrace a brighter future.”

Ms Underwood said Colony 47 was immensely grateful for 50 years of continuous community support.

“As Colony 47 commemorates this significant milestone, it looks forward to continuing its vital work in supporting young Tasmanians and creating a more inclusive and supportive society,” she said.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to Colony 47 can visit www.colony47. com.au

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