Three years ago Robin and Margaret Murphy with their family decided to set up the Murphy Family Foundation. Their three sons, Adrian, Rory and Dan got right behind the idea and the Foundation was born.
As Robin explains, he likes to get behind a project
“The important thing for me is being a catalyst. Things can get a life of their own if you just give them a push.”
This is exactly what has happened with the Kuunchi Kakana Centre. Robin happened to meet Tim Fairfax from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation at a Philanthropy event. Tim recommended the Puuya Foundation and introduced Denise Hagan the CEO. Denise explained that it was their dream to build an early years learning centre and Robin straight away offered to help. Robin invited the Board of the Puuya Foundation to visit his Force 10 factory which supplies modular buildings for cyclonic and remote locations. He initially offered to donate a small Force 10 building.
“we then decided to go back to government and we were able to leverage that grant from the Murphys to get significantly more money. It helped us present the case too. I believe this is the first time a partnership like this between government and philanthropy for indigenous early years has been done in Queensland.”
In the end, the Murphy Family Foundation donated $150,000 to the project. In addition, the Murphy Family Foundation provided in-kind support such as helping with drawings, planning and administration.
Robin sums up
“It’s fantastic to see the beautiful smiling children and their families at Kuunchi Kakana. The phrase “from little things, big things grow” sums up what we are all here for – to give these children the best start in life we can.”