Buderim Foundation Chair Professor Paul Clark is an Englishman who came to Australia to live in 1970.
In 2009, following a long academic career Paul and wife Jean chose Buderim as the perfect place to retire. The couple found a wonderful house overlooking the hospital, crematorium and the beach “It seemed the ideal choice in terms of location. Depending on which way you fell down the hill you would either be dead, get fixed or could get a cup of coffee!”
Having completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Exeter, Paul held senior academic posts at Monash University in Melbourne and at the Capricornia Institute in Rockhampton as Head of Physics and Dean of Faculty. Paul was also Victoria University’s first Deputy Vice Chancellor.
In 2000 Professor Clark became Foundation Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He later spent five years as Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Lismore before retiring at the end of August 2009. Following retirement, an opportunity came along to Chair the Board at the Buderim Foundation. Professor Clark is very familiar with community foundations. While at Southern Cross University he established the Southern Cross University Foundation and created a strong relationship with the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.
The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for Buderim residents past and future, by generating income from donations and bequests to provide grants for worthwhile community projects.
To mark Buderim’s 150th anniversary in 2012, the Buderim Foundation launched a community challenge that aims to raise over $500,000 by the end of the year. To reach the goal, the Foundation is hoping to attain 150 donations of $2,000 or more, in addition to a number of smaller donations and to hold events, raffles and an auction to raise the funds needed to meet the target. “As a not-for-profit company, the Foundation relies on the generous contributions of local citizens and businesses in order to continue providing grants to quality local community projects and groups,” says Prof. Clark.
Since its launch eight years ago, the Foundation has raised $600,000 for its investment fund and aims to reach the $1,000,000 mark by the end of 2012. “We are delighted by the way people have supported this challenge with the funds raised to date and our overall target, which are displayed on the street art ‘philanthropoles’ in Main Street ” says Prof. Clark.
In 2012 over $27,000 in grants is available to be distributed to community groups with details of those to be awarded announced during the Foundation’s AGM’s aptly named ‘Good News Night’ on 7 September.
More information on the Buderim Foundation or the Community Challenge project can be obtained at www.buderimfoundation.org.au