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Spreading the festive cheer!

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) has been selected as one of two Australian Parliament House Giving Tree charities for 2018.

The six-metre tall Christmas tree will sit in the Marble Foyer of Australian Parliament House throughout the festive season. Visitors, parliamentarians and other staff are encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit by making a donation to charity and hanging a gift tag on the tree.

AIEF Executive Director Andrew Penfold AM and Deputy CEO Renee Coffey were in Canberra today for the launch of the Christmas at Australian Parliament House Program hosted by Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith, MP and the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.

“The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation is honoured to have been chosen as one of the charity recipients of the annual Parliament House Giving Tree,” Andrew Penfold said.

“As we mark ten years since we offered the first AIEF Scholarship in 2008, ongoing contributions are vital to sustaining the program and supporting us in our goal of enabling young Indigenous people to receive a quality education, complete Year 12 and go on to fulfilling careers, shaping the future of our nation.”

The APH Giving Tree Program was launched in 2013. The second charity recipient of the Parliament House Giving Tree in 2018 is Drought Angels.

The Giving Tree will be on display until 3 January, 2019 and visitors are able to make donations throughout the festive season

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The encouragement and leadership provided by AIEF and its visionary establishment in 2008 has been a great investment in our nation.

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Patron, AIEF


The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.