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10 Oct 2019

Industry swings for good at the inaugural UnLtd Open

ACM have won the UnLtd Open golf tournament with GumGum taking second place. The inaugural event saw 25 teams swing, drive and putt for good at the beautiful St Michael’s golf course in Little Bay, raising $90,000 for children at risk.

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18 Sep 2019

GroupM inducted to UnLtd: Hall of Good, Ogilvy wins Campaign for Good at Big Dream

UnLtd has announced GroupM as the 2019 inductee to the UnLtd: Hall of Good at the Big Dream event on 12 September. Ogilvy was awarded the inaugural Campaign for Good award for their work on the Whitelion 'Invest in me' campaign.

The event showcased and celebrated the positive social impact of our industry and raised over $420,000 to help young people at risk.

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5 Sep 2019

Industry Mental Health Minimum Standards and mentally-healthy.org launched

The Mentally Healthy Change Group, a collective of leaders in the creative, media and marketing industry, have introduced the first ever Minimum Standards for Mental Health for our industry.

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29 Aug 2019

UnLtd appoints Karen Halligan and Venessa Hunt as Board Members

Off the back of its most successful year since launching in 2007, UnLtd has confirmed the FY20 strategic plan for the industry’s social purpose organisation along with announcing the appointment of two new Directors.

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7 Aug 2019

‘Goodstock’ wins UnLtd Pitch for Purpose Tessa Chong & Max Rapley crowned winners

Tessa Chong and Max Rapley from The Monkeys have won the inaugural UnLtd: Pitch for Purpose with their ‘Goodstock’ concept.

The Pitch for Purpose competition invited the industry to come up with a ‘product for purpose’ concept that UnLtd will bring to life as our industry’s first social commerce project to generate funds for children at risk.

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1 Aug 2019

CEOs Share Their Mental Health Experiences to Remove Stigma in the Creative, Media and Marketing Industry

The Mentally Healthy Change Group, a collective of leaders in the creative, media and marketing industry, today launched the ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ storybook to help remove stigma around mental health in the industry.

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25 Jul 2019

Industry gets behind youth at risk: Whitelion “Invest In Me” campaign launches

Over 35 companies in the media and creative industry have joined forces to launch the first ever awareness campaign for Whitelion, one of UnLtd’s charity partners.

The ‘Invest In Me’ campaign has been created pro-bono by Ogilvy to raise awareness and funds for Whitelion, and to change perceptions around young people at risk.

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15 Jul 2019

Kicking Goals for Good: UnLtd Cup raises $55K for KidsXpress

The eighth UnLtd Cup indoor football tournament has raised over $55K for UnLtd charity partner KidsXpress with CBSi & 10 lifting the coveted trophy in Sydney.

The annual event sees 16 teams from media, marketing and creative industry come together for a day of fiercely competitive 5-aside indoor football to raise funds for children at risk.

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25 Jun 2019

UnLtd bolsters team to drive social impact

Following the great growth and momentum over the last two years, we are excited to announce Tiffany Damm as our first General Manager for Melbourne, Katie Rudge and Louise Pay as Account Directors and Bronte Mikel as Events Manager.

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24 Jun 2019

Pitch for Purpose - could your idea change lives and win a trip to New York?

UnLtd is challenging the media, marketing and creative industry to invent a ‘product with purpose’ for UnLtd to create and sell to raise funds for children at risk. The competition runs in July 2019 with the finalists pitching their ideas to the UnLtd ‘Great Sharks’ live on stage at Advertising Week APAC. Not only will the winners receive a trip to Advertising Week New York, they will also get a chance to see their product be brought to life and sold by UnLtd, changing the lives of thousands of young people at risk.

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14 May 2019

UnLtd Adland Bail Out raises $185K for Whitelion

In May, 150 leaders from the media, marketing and creative industry spent the night behind bars to raise funds and awareness for Whitelion.

Not only did the event bring the industry together and raised some serious cash, it also saw the reveal of the first-ever industry-wide campaign for Whitelion.

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12 Apr 2019

150 of industry leaders to be locked up for Adland Bail Out

This May, 150 senior leaders from the media, marketing, tech and creative industry will spend a night in prison as part of UnLtd’s Adland Bail Out events in Sydney and Melbourne.

The ‘inmates’ will swap their usual evening wear for prison uniforms, solitary confinement and prison grub to experience what life really is like for many young people at risk. In order to be released the next day, each participant is required to raise $1,000 as their ‘bail’.

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5 Apr 2019

Join our team!

As we grow, we are looking for an Event Manager to join our events team. An exciting role organising our many events ranging from surfing and sailing to gala dinners and thought leadership talks, whilst making a bit impact in the lives of young people at risk. Click below to read the full job description.

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1 Apr 2019

Inaugural Big Kahuna surfing competition raises $55K

On Friday 29 March, the keenest surfers in Adland took over Queenscliff Beach for the inaugural Big Kahuna surfing competition raising over $55K for children at risk. Congratulations to Team Facebook for winning the tight competition!

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28 Mar 2019

Mentally Healthy Work

Last year, we conducted the first ever major-scale study into the mental health of the media, marketing and creative industry in partnership with Everymind and Never Not Creative. It’s clear as an industry, we have a problem.

To help our industry become more mentally healthy, we recently hosted a series of breakfast events around Mentally Healthy Work. These events were designed to help us build workplaces that support good mental health, create a stigma-free culture and provide us with some practical tools and tips on how to support our colleagues and spot the warning signs. Read the summary of the event and some key tips from the experts here.

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26 Mar 2019

The second Big Splash raises $60K

On Friday 22 March the industry hoisted the sails for good at the UnLtd: Big Splash regatta, generating over $60K to help children at risk.

The second Big Splash event saw ten highly competitive teams race head to head across Sydney Harbour on Elliott boats whilst generating much needed funds for UnLtd’s charity partners working to break the cycle of youth disadvantage.

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2 Mar 2019

Big Clash raises $135,000

The fifth annual Big Clash has been the biggest yet with over 70 companies taking part and raising over $135,000 to help children at risk.

The event is a regular fixture in the industry’s calendar, uniting the industry for a great afternoon of cricket, drinks, music and auctions. This year, the event also featured the inaugural Lady Ballers match that saw Agencies taking home the trophy in Sydney and the Media Owners getting their revenge in Melbourne at the last ball.

The Men’s Game in Sydney saw Team Tech narrowly beat Team Media Agencies by five runs whereas in Melbourne it was Media Owners that beat Media Agencies by 45 runs in the final.

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29 Jan 2019

Big Clash returns with inaugural ladies match in Sydney & Melbourne

Big Clash, the most competitive game of industry cricket in the world, EVER, is returning in February for the ultimate sporting battle between Media Agencies, Creative, Media Owners and Tech. New to 2019, the event will also feature a ladies’ match – the Lady Ballers – which will see two all-female teams from Agencies and Media Owners go head to head.

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4 Dec 2018

How Mentally Healthy are we? The results are in for the first major industry study.

The results are in for the first major Australian study into the mental health and wellbeing of the media, marketing and creative industry in Australia.

The Mentally Healthy research, conducted by Never Not Creative, UnLtd and Everymind, aims to bring transparency to the mental health issues affecting individuals in our industry.

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16 Nov 2018

Network 10 announced as the first inductee to the UnLtd: Hall of Good

Network 10 has been selected as the first ever inductee to the UnLtd: Hall of Good at the inaugural Big Dream event raising over $370,000 to help children at risk.

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29 Oct 2018

UnLtd: Hall of Good

We are excited to announce a new recognition award, the UnLtd: Hall of Good at the Big Dream event on 15 November.

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21 Sep 2018

NGEN Winners create world-first virtual mentoring world for deaf teenagers

The winners of last year’s MFA Awards NGEN category have brought their unique idea to life and built a world-first virtual mentoring world for deaf teenagers inside Minecraft. The world, titled League of Hearoes, held its first event at the weekend with over twenty deaf or hard of hearing teenagers participating.

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28 Aug 2018

Are we Mentally Healthy?

Never Not Creative, UnLtd and Everymind have partnered to conduct the first major study into the mental health and wellbeing of the media, marketing and creative industry in Australia. The purpose of this research is to bring transparency to the mental health issues affecting individuals in our industry.

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17 Aug 2018

Industry generates a record $10.5m for social impact

UnLtd has announced a total industry contribution of $10.5m to social impact in FY18.

The total value of funds, services, inventory and time donated by the media, marketing and creative industry increased by 21% compared to the previous financial year due to a growth in corporate partners, and an increase in fundraising through events and media inventory donations.

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2 Jul 2018

UnLtd appoints Sev Celik as Head of Fundraising

UnLtd gears up to grow the industry’s social impact with Sev Celik appointed as Head of Fundraising, Jenni Hayward as Head of Events, Amy Bagatella as Head of Talent and Serena Rihani as Team Assistant.

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25 Jun 2018

#GoodLunch comes to Australia

We are excited to have launched the #GoodLunch to Australia! Pioneered in LA by brand purpose expert and “Good is the New Cool” author Afdhel Aziz, the concept is simple: meet, eat, share ideas and make an impact. The first #GoodLunch kicked off on the 20th of June with a group of 10 social change makers coming together for a lunch at Folonomo for delicious food and great discussion.

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17 Jun 2018

NGENers learn the 5 rules of Dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and DONATE

The NGEN community has continued their great tradition of the fiercely competitive Charity Cup Dodgeball tournament and raised over $27,000 for Whitelion, an UnLtd charity partner.

Now in its fifth year, the annual tournament is a chance for the NGENers to get competitive, throw some fast balls at their rivals and raise some much-needed funds for UnLtd charity partners.

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14 Jun 2018

The Big Climb

On 28 June 2018, Venessa Hunt and Renee Fittock will be swapping their mountains of emails to conquer a physical mountain. Not just any mountain either, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The climb is supporting Mirabel, an UnLtd charity partner who help children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use.

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31 May 2018

Changing young lives, one job at a time: UnLtd and Talent RISE launch partnership

UnLtd has launched a program in partnership with Talent RISE aiming to tackle youth unemployment.

The unique program aims to positively change the lives of young people who might otherwise struggle to get a job, by finding entry-level employment in the media, marketing and creative industry.

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18 May 2018

7 Melbourne industry leaders to be locked up in jail to help young people at risk

Seven well-known media and marketing leaders in Melbourne will be locked up behind bars on Friday 25 May to raise funds and awareness for Whitelion, an UnLtd charity partner.

Following on from the success of the Adland Bail Out in Sydney that saw 70 industry leaders spend the night in prison and raise over $140K to fund Whitelion’s outreach program, this time it’s Melbourne’s turn to experience what life in prison really is like for many young people.

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17 May 2018

Night on the inside - by Max Learmont

Two weeks ago a bunch of ad people and myself participated in the UnLtd Adland Bail Out. We spent a night in Yasmar Juvenile detention center to raise money for the charity Whitelion. Whitelion support youth at risk. Find out what happened.

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7 May 2018

UnLtd Adland Bail Out raises a record $140,000 for Whitelion

The Adland Bail Out event which saw 70 senior adland figures spend a night behind bars has raised a record-breaking $140,000 for UnLtd’s charity partner Whitelion.

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2 May 2018

UnLtd launches Melbourne Board, Wade James appointed as Chair

UnLtd has launched a Melbourne Board to drive social impact in Victoria.

The Melbourne Board is tasked with galvanising the media, marketing and creative industry in Victoria to help UnLtd achieve its goal of generating $100m in social impact by 2021 to help young people at risk.

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25 Apr 2018

HeartKids and Initiative achieve record revenue for Sweetheart Day 2018

A pro-bono partnership between unique charity HeartKids and media agency Initiative has seen a 33% lift in revenue year on year for national fundraising campaign Sweetheart Day, for which Initiative was able to secure over $3 million worth of pro-bono media value.

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20 Apr 2018

60 industry leaders to be locked up in prison to help young people at risk

Over sixty senior leaders from the media, marketing, tech and creative industry will spend the night in jail as part of UnLtd’s Adland Bail Out, to raise funds for Whitelion. The ‘inmates’ will be handing over their mobile phones and putting on their prison overalls to brave a night in the chilling cells of Yasmar Juvenile Detention Centre.

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19 Apr 2018

The Media Store’s Young Guns help drive change for Weave

The Media Store’s ‘Young Guns’ has partnered with UnLtd's charity partner Weave for a new campaign to raise community awareness for Weave’s Driving Change program, securing nearly $300,000 in free media.

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5 Mar 2018

Big Clash raises over $120K

With over 50 companies taking part, the fourth annual Big Clash cricket tournament has been the biggest yet raising $124,000.

The event once again brought the industry together for a great afternoon of cricket, drinks, music and charity activations. This year, the event was expanded to have Media Owners, Media Agencies, Techies and Creatives all go head to head in a knockout tournament.

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16 Jan 2018

Big Clash teams confirmed - all corners of the industry to battle it out to raise over $100K

The fourth instalment of The Big Clash is bringing the media, marketing and advertising industry together for a game of highly competitive cricket whilst aiming to raise over $100,000 for UnLtd charity partners.

This year the event is expanding to feature four teams – media agencies, creative agencies, media owners and technology firms and also launching in Melbourne. Each team is aligned to one of the UnLtd charity partners helping children and young people at risk.

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1 Dec 2017

We are #mmad4u!

The media, marketing and creative industry has been asked to tell who they are ‘#mmad4’ this Friday 1st December in a bid to help raise awareness for Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) and young people who just need someone to believe in them.

The campaign encourages individuals to take a selfie with a #MMAD4U sign, post the shot on their socials and tag someone to let them know you believe in them and say “I’m #MMAD4U”.

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12 Nov 2017

Industry makes a Big Splash for social impact

The media and marketing industry swapped sales for sails at the inaugural UnLtd Big Splash regatta on Friday 3 November, generating over $60,000 for social impact.

The inaugural event saw ten highly competitive teams race head to head across Sydney Harbour on Elliot sailing boats whilst generating much needed funds for UnLtd’s charity partners working to combat youth disadvantage. The sailors were cheered on by the guests on the spectator boat enjoying a far more leisurely cruising experience. After several races, sweat and blisters, Team Mindshare sailed to victory and were crowned the winners of the Big Splash, closely followed by Yahoo!7 and AdRoll.

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23 Oct 2017

UnLtd appoints Chris Freel as CEO

Media and advertising industry social purpose organisation UnLtd has appointed former Fairfax and Pandora Commercial Director Chris Freel as its CEO, replacing Paul Fisher who is relocating overseas in December for family reasons.

Freel is the creator of ‘The Big Clash’ cricket event which has raised over $100,000 for various charities, including UnLtd. He is also an Advisory Board Member of Newco, which celebrates and connects the engines of positive change in society. Most recently Freel was Commercial Director ANZ at Pandora.

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22 Oct 2017

Ahoy All Sailors!

Make a splash for social impact at UnLtd’s inaugural sailing regatta and sail an Elliott 7 on the stunning scenery of Sydney Harbour.

Join us on Friday 3rd November for an afternoon of sailing, fun, food and healthy competition! We will be joined by some of our charity founders, young people who have benefited from the charity programs as well as some special guest appearances from Olympic sailors! No sailing experience needed just be prepared to get wet, learn new skills and have fun!

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18 Jun 2017

Adland personalities in yellow lycra

On a dark and chilly Wednesday morning, a peleton of yellow jerseys hit the Centennial Park bike track as Team UnLtd prepares for the 2017 Bowral Classic race. Avid (and occasional) cyclists in the media and marketing industry have begun a series of social training sessions in the lead up to the one day Gran Fondo cycling event on 22 October 2017 which will see over 3,000 riders race across the rolling hills of Southern Highlands.

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1 Jun 2017

The Yellow Jersey Challenge

On 22 October 2017, UnLtd is sending a fleet of cyclists in yellow jerseys to the one day Gran Fondo cycling event, the Bowral Classic.

The second Bowral Classic will see over 3,000 riders race around the stunning scenery and rolling hills of Southern Highlands. Riders will have three options to accommodate for all fitness and skills levels – the Social Classic 45km, the Challenge Classic 120km and the ultimate Maxi Classic 160km.

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30 May 2017

NGEN doesn't dodge their opportunity to make social change

NGEN has continued its fine tradition of fierce competition with its NGEN Charity Cup, holding dodgeball competitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to raise $30,000 nationally for UnLtd charity partner, Hear For You, the official benefactor of the Cup’s efforts.

This year, in an effort to put NGENers in the place of someone who is hearing impaired, the teams that competed for second place had to play a silent dodgeball challenge match. Players were given headphones and earplugs, while the crowd watched on in complete silence, to simulate the experience of playing dodgeball with hearing impediments.

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8 May 2017

Yellow is the new black - industry leaders spend night behind bar and raise over $27K for Whitelion

Fifteen of the ad industry’s big wigs who ditched their suits for yellow UnLtd overalls as part of the ‘Adland Gang’ at Whitelion’s Sydney Bail Out last Friday have beaten expectations, raising over $27,000. This placed the Adland Gang as the highest earning group of the event with the highest average raised per inmate. This fantastic effort contributed to the overall total of $87,438 raised for Whitelion NSW.

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27 Feb 2017

Power of One Day: $150,000 generated for UnLtd charities by the power of GroupM

This year Group M’s annual ‘Power of One’ day saw its largest turn out yet, with over 500 employees across all their agency offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane working as one to give their time and skills to add value and raise funds for UnLtd charities.

On Friday 24th February, all offices across the agency network took time to give back to the local community, delivering over $150,000 in value for several UnLtd charity partners. Each employee chose a cause close to their heart and spent time at a briefing with the specific charity to further understand their particular challenges. It was then their opportunity to give back through valuable and impactful activities, getting involved in skilled volunteering, unskilled volunteering or fundraising initiatives.

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1 Feb 2017

UnLtd launches first industry-wide Social Impact Partnership program

Ten partners sign on to UnLtd’s revolutionary program that aims to invest over $100M into addressing youth disadvantage in Australia by 2021.

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10 Jan 2017

Big Clash is back for the third year - bigger and better

Rival media owners and agencies will put competition aside in Sydney on Thursday 16 February 2017 when they take to the field for “The Big Clash”, a special annual 20/20 charity cricket match to raise funds for UnLtd. This year, in support of Mindshare Chief Investment Officer, Nicola Lewis, who in mid-2016 was diagnosed with breast cancer, the match will also raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

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20 Nov 2016

The industry that could - by UnLtd Founder Kerry McCabe

We are blessed bunch. Privileged even. Professionally and personally the media, marketing and advertising industry enjoys a high quality existence.

As a collective we are immensely powerful. We influence consumer behaviour and public opinion, play a role in deciding who governs the country and seriously contribute to the success of corporate Australia. Last month it was reported that we are a $40 billion sector directly employing 56,000 people*.

Our reputation in the broader community isn’t so flash though…

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26 Oct 2016

UnLtd announces FY16 Social Impact

UnLtd has announced a record $6.5 million total industry contribution to social impact for FY16 as part of its annual results, released today.

Unprecedented growth in industry participation and social investment led to a 71% year-on-year increase in the total value of funds, services, inventory and time donated by the media and marketing sector.

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19 Sep 2016

OMD's $1.6 social impact for kids in foster care

OMD’s work on the National Pyjama Day campaign has seen the media agency contribute $1.6m in value to young people living in foster care.

The annual fundraising event hosted by UnLtd’s charity partner, The Pyjama Foundation, sees donors register online and activate their friends and work colleagues, to wear pyjamas for the day and donate funds.

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8 Aug 2016

Active International, GroupM and Paykel Media play major role in Be Centre gala

Active International, GroupM and Paykel Media played pivotal roles in a recent fundraiser for children’s mental health blitzing its previous tally.

The Be Centre Gala is the charity’s primary annual fundraising platform and in 2016, with the help of the media and marketing industry, the event brought in a record $75,000 for the UnLtd supported charity.

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20 Jun 2016

NGEN doesn't dodge their social conscience

UnLtd and NGEN have once again united to undo youth disadvantage, raising $30,000 for UnLtd’s youth charity partners through its now annual dodgeball tournament across Sydney and Melbourne.

With over 500 NGENers participating across the two cities, the NGEN Dodgeball Charity Cup required all teams to raise funds to be eligible to compete on game day.

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23 May 2016

UnLtd appoints Paul Fisher to lead UnLtd movement

UnLtd has appointed former IAB chief Paul Fisher as CEO, to lead its continued efforts in undoing youth disadvantage on behalf of the industry.

Paul was CEO of the IAB for five years from 2008, leaving the industry body in 2012 for an APAC regional role leading Nielsen’s Media business. He is currently consulting to the IAB and serves as a non-executive director with UNICEF Australia.

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25 Apr 2016

Is your next career step onto a charity board?

UnLtd wants to place a senior industry person on the board of each of its growth charity partners.

UnLtd CEO Steve Taitoko, said the foundation had identified that a number of charities are in need of board representation with public relations, brand strategy and sales expertise.

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1 Mar 2016

UnLtd connects charity + agency…and donations double

Media agency Initiative’s support for the annual Sweetheart’s Day campaign has seen donations to the charity more than double.

The national awareness day for HeartKids encourages people to pledge what they would otherwise spend on a Valentine’s Day gift – raising vital funds for kids with childhood heart disease and medical research to find a cure.

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