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International Care Ministries

International Care Ministries (ICM) has been serving the ultrapoor in the Philippines since 1992. In partnership with community leaders from thousands of slum communities, ICM delivers programs that transform the lives of more than 100,000 destitute people each year.


History of International Care Ministries

International Care Ministries was founded in 1992 by Sharon Pastre, a Singaporean living in Hong Kong at the time. During a visit to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, to “spot check” the five pastors she supported, Sharon was struck by the juxtaposition between the overwhelming poverty she saw in the slums and the work she was doing as an interior designer in Hong Kong.

When a 21 year old woman with tuberculosis asked Sharon for a coffin and a burial site rather than medicine, she realized the helplessness, hopelessness and suffering of the poor. With her own personal funds and the help of two others from Hong Kong, Sharon organized an open air clinic and weekly food distribution for 200 children in Bacolod. Since then, ICM has grown to a ministry which serves hundreds of thousands of the poor each year.

ICM now works on the islands of Negros, Bohol, Panay, Palawan, Cebu and Mindanao, serving each year over 100,000 Filipinos who live in unspeakable poverty.

The Geary family are members of the Advisory Board and have been involved with ICM for 4 years now.

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Poverty Statistics

In 2014, the Philippines’ 100,000,000th person was born. The Philippines is the 12th most populated country in the world. 25 million Filipinos live at a level of poverty the world calls “extreme” – below US$1.25 per person per day. That’s 25% of the population.

At the bottom of extreme poverty are the “ultrapoor,” a group of women, children and men who live in on less than US%0.50 per day.

ICM’s focus is to empower the ultrapoor, those trapped in the worst kind of destitution.

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The More You Give Love Away, The More You Get

Buffett once said: “When you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.”

“That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life. The trouble with love is that you can’t buy it. You can buy sex. You can buy testimonial dinners. You can buy pamphlets that say how wonderful you are. But the only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”

reference: W. Green, author and editor of The Great Minds of Investing

Major Domus and ICM

Major Domus in partnership with ICM has changed people’s lives for the better through Transform.  One of their main programs, Transform, responds to the challenges those living at the bottom of the economic ladder. It seeks a total life transformation through a multi-disciplinary approach given through a 16-week program that results in drastic positive changes in these people’s lives. After Transform, ICM’s participants experience a 101% increase in household income, a 28% decrease in those with serious illness and a 36% decrease in those in need of food. Changing their lives for the better it continues to lead them to more chances to fight poverty giving them hope for a better future.

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Surf Life Saving is Australia’s major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue organization.

A non-for-profit organization that only relies on community generosity it has one of the largest volunteer movements in Australia, with over 129 SLS clubs and 74,000 members in New South Wales. SLS runs a network of volunteer surf lifesavers, professional lifeguards, support operations and drowning prevention infrastructure and systems. Their primary role is to save lives on the beach. A uniquely Australian movement that welcomes people of all ages an opportunity to make a difference, make friends and maybe save a life.

To save lives, create great Australians and build better communities. That is the mission of Surf Life Saving.

The Geary family and firm have been supporting SLS for several years after the life saving of Principal Marc Geary at Avoca Beach, Sydney in 2008


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The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) was founded in London in 1868 and is comprised of 70 self-governing bodies in 53 countries around the world. It is an international organization and educational charity that works to promote knowledge and appreciation of the Commonwealth and to support its fundamental values. Through educational and youth outreach programs, RCS seeks to encourage young people to develop their role as global citizens and to engage with challenges facing the international community.

The Royal Commonwealth Society in Hong Kong was founded in 1983 to foster international understanding and to arrange cultural and charitable activities based on the shared history and language of Commonwealth countries. Linking the widely different communities of China and the Commonwealth. It provides a bridge between China and the nearly 2 billion members of the Commonwealth. Active members in Hong Kong include the Consuls-General of Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore and South Africa.

It organizes monthly lectures in various venues, cultural exchanges, Commonwealth Day celebrations, and an annual Essay Competition and Charity Ball. Over the past few years, it has invited many overseas professionals and Consuls-General to speak at its events. It also supports a number of local charities.


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The Geary family have made this gift in honor of their daughter Victoria Hope to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, studying at the University of Sydney Business School, who aspire to have careers in the finance industry. The aim of the scholarship is to support those students exhibiting a passion for finance related streams of study as well as those who aspire to careers in the private wealth management industry.

All relevant finance students should apply. In making a personal statement about your needs and desires to enter study at Sydney Business School, students are encouraged to articulate their reasons for choice of subjects, and what they hope to achieve upon graduation.