Oasis supporter offers kids a fighting chance
19 October 2015
“I feel we are privileged to live in this country and believe we all need to contribute to make things better for the next generation and the generations to come.”
– Bruce Fink
It was the birth of his three children (now aged 16 to 22) that businessman and philanthropist Bruce Fink says motivated he and wife Lauren to “further reassess their priorities” and ramp up their already significant commitment to helping young people (and others) in need.
Bruce is associated with a range of highly successful media companies – including the Executive Channel Network and Media i – and says his philanthropic passions are education and health.
He believes that supporting young people in accessing quality education – and also providing health care and funding for medical research – is essential to building a stronger community.
As a deeply committed benefactor of The Salvation Army’s Oasis (Sydney) Youth Support Network Education Centre (which supports young homeless and highly disadvantaged people while they complete their Higher School Certificate), Bruce’s contribution helps Oasis provide essential textbooks, technology and stationery to students completing the curriculum.
Bruce was introduced to The Salvation Army’s Oasis about five years ago and says: “I really fell in love with the place. Many of the kids come from unbelievably difficult backgrounds and it is just extraordinary how transformative the experience of Oasis has been to them. It gives them a real chance at a satisfying and meaningful future. The work that the staff does in building trust and a loving environment, as well as nurturing these young people, is quite extraordinary!”
Bruce also sits on the board of a number of health and education facilities, including the Children’s Medical Research Institute (Jeans for Genes) and is a major donor to a number of causes including the building of the Lauren and Bruce Fink Pediatric Emergency Theatre at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
Bruce says that while the significant motivating factor in his charity work is simply giving to others in need, he also believes it is essential to show his children that “life is about giving and not just taking”.
“And I think the best way to teach your own children,” he says, “is showing them, by way of your own example.”