The Sally Foundation is a philanthropic fund run by Mike and Geraldine Roche. It is named after Geraldine’s maternal grandmother Sally, who sailed to Australia from England in the early 1900s.
“Originally from a well-to-do family, Sally’s life was one of significant struggle in rural Queensland, and her determination, gentle ways and always seeing the best in a situation provided the inspiration for our foundation,” said Geraldine.
Sally’s legacy is a foundation that invests in projects that help rural people become self-reliant and resilient. For Mike and Geraldine, shared philosophies are the key to successful partnerships. Experience has also taught them that, “…we have to do a project that the people want, not what the guy with the money thinks they want.”
Sally Foundation divides its energies between helping youth in regional and rural communities in Australia, and disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe.
Mike and Geraldine have been exploring options for a new Australian project for Sally, and will announce a new partnership in Orange in late 2015.