In 1973, Leslie Joseph Hooker, Hooker Corporation’s founder and then Chairman, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his distinguished service to commerce and the community.
For three generations the LJ Hooker family has fostered a culture of giving back to the community and furthering the development and prosperity of Australasia. Today the family’s social impact initiatives are driven through the LJ Hooker Foundation, Hooker Family Foundation and Culture College.
The LJ Hooker Foundation in a non-profit organization supporting the LJ Hooker franchise office network. Individuals and offices raise funds on a local level in communities across Australasia for a variety of causes including local schools and amenities, research into medical cures or the provision of goods and services for those most in need. As a group, LJ Hooker contributions have made a real difference to many, including:
LJ Hooker and its people also lends marquees and Mr Hooker Bears to community and charity groups, rally around local events, and donate time and effort to numerous neighborhood causes.
For more information, visit the LJ Hooker Website.
The Hooker Family Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered in Australia and the United States of America dedicated to empowering youth in Australasia through education. The organization delivers programs in Australia’s Northern Territory, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.
The foundation supports and delivers educational programs, such as Kids To Coast that inspire and motivate youth from disadvantaged communities to not only pursue education but also become future leaders.
Kids to Coast is an educational exchange program for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young Australians that develops a stronger and wiser next generation of leaders, by bridging the cultural divide and building lifetime friendships.
Kids to Coast is an educational incentive program for disadvantaged young Australians. The program aims to improve school attendance and student participation, leading to a change of attitude towards education and development of a stronger generation of community champions.
For more information visit the Hooker Family Foundation Website.
Culture College is a social enterprise whose mission is to develop lifetime cross-cultural relationships for Australia’s youth – unite and empower the next generation of Australia’s leaders today through educational exchange programs to ensure a stronger more dynamic Australia tomorrow. All profits generated by the Culture College program are reinvested into the Hooker Family Foundation to support the Kids to Coast program and other educational activities for Indigenous youth. Culture College’s partners include: Rio Tinto Alcan, Northern Territory Government, Lirriwi Tourism and Sodexo.
Culture College organises school tours to Arnhem Land to inspire and educate secondary school students about Yolŋu culture and their environment. Students will have the opportunity to learn and interact with elders and children in the Community and out in the homelands, learn from the Dhimurru and Yirralka Rangers about the environment and conservation techniques and take part in art classes at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre. Arnhem land is one of the most culturally intact and pristine regions left on earth and home to the Yolŋu people and their lands of which they have been the traditional owners for over 50,000 years.
For more information visit the Culture College website.