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Tyree Foundation gifts $100,000 to Challenge House

(Pictured from left to right; Keian Barnard CEO of the Tyree Group, Mark Pepping Vice President CSH, Rod Aistrope President CSH, Peter Tyree Tyree Foundation Chairman and Tony McElhinney General Manager CSH.)

The Tyree Foundation is delighted to announce its decision to commit long term support to Challenge Southern Highlands.

In making the announcement today, Tyree Foundation Directors, Peter Tyree and Robyn Fennell (nee Tyree) handed over a cheque for $100,000 and spoke of the aims and objectives of the Tyree Foundation to continue its support of worthwhile initiatives with social benefits to the Southern Highlands community.

Challenge Southern Highlands is an Incorporated Association and a community-based charitable organisation which operates the Welby Garden Centre as well as a Packaging Division and a Secure Document Destruction Service as an Australian Disability Enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for over 50 individuals with intellectual disabilities in a professional and caring environment.

Challenge was established some 30 years ago by parents who where concerned that their child had a no external support network after leaving school in order that the child can enjoy a fulfilling life, eventually without parental support The Challenge House project aims to provide support to adult children currently living with parent(s) to assist them in transitioning to living independently. Tyree Foundation’s gift of $100,000 will enable Challenge in funding the final works to realise this project.

The Tyree Foundation is a charitable organisation whose mission is to fund initiatives that benefit the wider Australian community, through education, medical research, and other important initiatives such as Challenge House. The Tyree Foundation was formed in 1971 to develop the philanthropic activities of the Tyree family who along with the Tyree Group of Companies, headquartered at Braemar, has been a major employer in the Southern Highlands since the 1970’s and presently employ a permanent workforce of over one hundred & ninety. Nowadays the Tyree Group operates under a charter wherein a significant amount of its profits are donated to the Tyree Foundation for charitable works.

In announcing its gift, Peter Tyree the Chairman of the Tyree Foundation and one of the founders of the Tyree Group said; ‘making this gift was a natural progression of Tyree’s charitable activities and community service over many years within the Southern Highlands. As a major employer in the region it pleasing that Tyree are able to give back to the local community with our support of Challenge House’.

Like many private benefactors the Tyree Family has historically been somewhat private and reticent in promoting its charitable activities but has decided to be more public on this occasion due to the wonderful benefits that Challenge House will provide to the disabled and their families in our community.

Peter went on to say; ‘the Tyree Foundation will aim to provide ongoing support to Challenge Southern Highlands to assist its development as a provider of employment opportunities, training, lifestyle, wellbeing and purpose to such a wonderful group of individuals’.

For further details on Challenge Southern Highlands and its activities please refer to