8 September 2022

Hawthorn Community Chest held its AGM today where new president David Gorton was appointed. Upon accepting the position David paid tribute to outgoing president Andrew Tait for steering HCC through the difficult COVID years.


4 December 2022

HCC hosted its regular sausage sizzle at Bunnings Hawthorn. We were delighted to have the assistance of John Pesutto and the Federal Member for Kooyong Dr Monique Ryan MP.


16 August 2022

Our beloved colleague Terry Pacini passed away on 16 August and leaves a 27-year legacy of dedicated service to Hawthorn Community Chest and our local community.

Terry was our Public Officer for almost two decades. He led our Investment Committee and prudently oversaw the investment of our corpus, remaining on this committee right up to the time of his passing.

Terry was genuine, honest, and loyal and always reminded us how hard it is to raise a dollar and he ensured his voice was heard on any grant request.

Terry forged strong and respected friendships with all past and present committee members, and this extended to partners and children, of whom Terry often enquired about their health and general wellbeing.

Terry was appointed a Life Governor in 2012 in recognition of his significant contribution to Hawthorn Community Chest and personally sponsored several appointments of Life Governors over the years. Terry leaves behind a deep and lasting legacy at Hawthorn Community Chest and long will we remember him.

Terry is survived by his wife Barb, his daughters Anita and Sara, son-in law Sean and grandsons Henry and Alexander. May he rest in peace.


19 August 2022

Hawthorn Community Chest’s Trivia Night returned to Glenferrie Primary after a two-year break.

Attended by 180 HCC friends, the hall was absolutely rocking as guests competed in trivia, karaoke and dance. Special guests included HCC Patron, Mr John Pesutto, our Federal Representative, Dr Monique Ryan MP Member for Kooyong, our State Representative, Mr John Kennedy MP, Member for Hawthorn and local (and HCC supporter) Cr Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

Congratulations must go to HCC Committee member, David Gorton for his outstanding win in the dance-off, and to great HCC friend, Roger Knott for his karaoke skills. The evening raised over $12,500, which will be directly used to support those in need in our community.

John, John and Monique


Hawthorn Community Chest (HCC) is a network of Boroondara residents and businesses who help those in our local community experiencing difficult circumstances.  HCC is an independent, registered charity, established in 1958, and over the past 64 years it has worked to make life easier for hundreds of local people and families.

We are very lucky to be able to give 100 percent of donations away as grants. HCC has DGR status, so all donations made to us are fully tax deductible.

HCC covers Hawthorn and surrounding areas such as Camberwell, Kew, Ashburton, Balwyn, Surrey Hills and Canterbury.

Your support really can make a difference to the daily lives of the people around you.