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2nd 10x10 event raises over $10,000

May 30th, 2014

Melbourne’s second 10x10 event was held Tuesday 20th May and was again a huge success, raising over $10,150. The proceeds were split amongst 3 different charities, Warwick Cancer Foundation, Cambodian Kids Can and Seven Women, who all sent representatives to take the stage and share their emotional stories with the crowd. At the end of the night the crowd voted for their favourite of the 3 projects.

Much like the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, this inspiring 2-hour event was led two adjudicating ‘Dragons’, leading Australian Philanthropists Mark Cubit and Michael Brosowski, who put each charity through their paces and probed them on how they would use the donated funds for their future projects.

Brosowski, Founder & CEO Blue Dragon said of the event, " 10x10 was an inspiring experience. To hear 3 charities explain their work, engage with a crowd of young and enthusiastic philanthropists, and put forward a case for funding made for a night that appealed to both the heart and the mind. This is a movement that is ready to take off!"

Mark Cubit, an Ex-Merrill Lynch Director and Founder of The Wheeler Foundation added: "The event was a unique confluence of entertainment, networking and ‘feel–good factor’...all whilst helping three great charities raise their profile and raise money for their cause. It proved that charity doesn’t always have to be about guilt driven donations in the face of sad stories."

The highlight of the night came at the very end, when in addition to the donated funds received, each charity was asked to nominate 3 non-financial ways the crowd could help with their charity. A sea of hands went up movingly around the room instantly, as members of the crowd volunteered their skills to each charity to help them reach their short-term goals with services ranging from Admin Assistance, Warehouse Management, Website Design, Video Editing, Copywriting and Sales Consulting among others.

The next 10 x 10 event is scheduled for August with an official date to be announced shortly.

For those interested in attending the next event they can visit the 10 x 10 Facebook page at: or on Twitter @10x10Melbourne for more information.

Event Spokespersons Finn Kelly and Zoe Warne are available for interview and 10 x 10 committee members Meike Suggars & Robert Humann are also available to contribute as panelists also.


ABOUT 10 x 10

  • Aims to educate and get Gen Y excited about philanthropy
  • Shows how everyone can make a difference with the cost of the night out
  • Offers charities a lot more than just money including networks, new ideas and volunteering
  • Creates an environment where people can create networks and help each other out with their philanthropic endeavours

10 x 10 Spokespersons available for interviews/comment

Finn Kelly is the CEO and co-founder of award-winning Gen Y financial advisory firm, Wealth Enhancers, along with the parent company, premier private wealth management firm, WE Private. Finn heads up the Portfolio Management arm of the business, and has developed unique client education and staff training programs.

He has been an expert on Sky Business shows Daily News & Your Money Your Call, Tens morning program WakeupOnTen and also been published many times in media sources such as the AFR, Smart Company, IFA & Money Management, as well as his own blog TheFinnReview.

Finn was selected as one of 20 Australian delegates and attended the 2013 G20 YEA Summit in Moscow. He has won a variety of industry awards as well as being recognised as one of the top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 twice.

With a regular co-hosting gig on ABC radio talking all things digital, Zoë Warne is a guest lecturer at RMIT, Swinburne and Monash Universities, the Chair of the Swinburne University Multimedia Course Advisory Committee and Vice-President of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA Victoria).

Zoë co-founded August, the award-winning digital agency in 2005, bringing knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for making technology meaningful on a daily basis, with a particular focus on August’s clients in the arts, education and Government sectors. She holds a Bachelor in Multimedia Technology from Swinburne University.

Making her business mark at age 18, Zoe was one of only 3% of women aged under 30 profiled in the Who’s Who of Australian Women. She is regularly featured in media lists of successful young entrepreneurs including BRW, SmartCompany and Anthill Magazine.

In 2013, she joined Philanthropy Australia’s NewGen network and was on the organising committee for the inaugural NewGen 10x10 Melbourne philanthropic event, and remains as co-chair for the Melbourne committee.

10 x 10 Panelists available for interviews/comment

Robert is an Investment Manager with a Melbourne-based private equity fund. Robert is an active supporter of charitable and philanthropic initiatives and provides mentoring through youth homelessness programs and tutoring for socially disadvantaged students. Robert was recently appointed as a Board Member of 3000acres, an organisation that aims to unlock underutilised land across Melbourne to grow food and build communities. Robert joined the 10x10 Melbourne Committee in 2014.

For more information please contact:
Jordan Hooper, 0450 247 242,

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