(Sydney, Australia) Tuesday, May 10 2016 – Urban Taskforce Australia’s 2015 Property Person of the Year Iwan Sunito has helped raise much-needed funds for an initiative which makes possible a university experience for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Iwan Sunito Charity Luncheon was held at Crown Group’s Sydney head office on April 19, to raise funds for uni 2 beyond; a three-year program developed by the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies.
The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, journalist Peter FitzSimons OAM and media personality John Mangos were among the 48 guests from across the business community to fill the venue to capacity.
Paintings created by uni 2 beyond-student Hannah were auctioned on the day.
Iwan Sunito, co-founder and CEO of award-winning Australian property developer Crown Group, announced Crown Group would become a uni 2 beyond Foundation Partner.
Mr Sunito said he hoped more students could benefit from the initiative.
“The uni 2 beyond program offers a valuable university experience and builds confidence in its students at an important time of their lives,” Mr Sunito said.
“Quite often there is no place for young people to go beyond.
“There are some workforce participation programs but there are very few opportunities to be a part of the uni experience.
“All parents want the best for their children’s future and it would be fantastic for more people to have access to this program,” he added.
The luncheon allowed guests to gain an insight into the ongoing benefits of the initiative.
Director of Centre for Disability Studies Prof. Patricia O’Brien explained that current government funding the program would cease at the end of this year; however the generosity of guests at the event and Crown Group’s commitment would enable the program to continue beyond 2016.
A total of 23 students had benefitted from the program so far, assisting, expanding and bridging the gap from student life into the workplace, Prof O’Brien said.
“In addition to the funds raised on the day, the uni 2 beyond team was grateful for the opportunity to explore the possibility of ongoing partnerships, and has secured continuing commitment from two companies to date,” Prof. O’Brien said.
“It was a wonderful event and these funds are an encouraging step towards sustaining the program into the future,” she said.
Steph, a uni 2 beyond student said: “Before I started uni I was a young girl at a special school, I am now an independent adult living in a much wider world.”
Sarah also a uni 2 beyond student said “I like having fun, meeting new people, learning new skills and teaching other people about disabilities and how people with a disability have the same rights as everybody else. I also like the clubs and societies.”
Mr Sunito is regularly involved in non-profit fundraising initiatives and mentoring programs for young people in Australia.
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About Crown Group
Crown Group Holdings (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group specialising in property development, property investment and serviced apartments.
The company was co-founded by architect Mr Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr. Paul Sathio with its first project in 1996.
Iwan Sunito graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Construction Management from University of NSW. In 1993 Iwan became a Registered Architect in NSW and was awarded the UNSW Eric Daniels award for excellence in residential design.
In recent years Iwan received a number of awards including Indonesia’s Property & Bank Magazine Golden Leadership Award 2013, the 2013 Congress of Indonesian Diaspora Entrepreneur award and named a winner in the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Iwan Sunito was also named Urban Taskforce Australia’s 2015 Property Person of the Year
Paul Sathio graduated with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Masters of Engineering Science from University of NSW. Paul has more than two decades’ experience in the construction and development industry.
Past and recent projects
Since the company was founded 21 years ago, Crown Group has successfully completed major developments in Sydney’s best locations including Bondi, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Ashfield, Epping, Homebush, Newington, Pennant Hills and Rhodes and most recently Viking by Crown, a 10-storey residential complex in Waterloo.
Today, Crown Group boasts a large portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing five major projects; Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square, the 29-storey V by Crown Group in Parramatta, 20-storey Skye by Crown Group in North Sydney, the popular inner-west development Oasis by Crown Group and a 22-storey residential tower Arc by Crown Group in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
Crown Group was recently awarded the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s award – considered one of the highest property development accolades in Australia – for its seven-tower, resort-style development Top Ryde City Living.
Top Ryde City Living was also named best High-Density Development in Australia at the UDIA awards for excellence 2014 and a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2013. Crown Group’s innovative, waterfront development Sanctum by Crown was awarded a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2012 and its hugely-successful ICON at Homebush was awarded HIA’s (Housing Industry Association) CSR Housing Awards 2007 Apartment Project of the Year.
Crown Group will launch a number of projects in 2016.
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