Our donors

We are extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the South Australian community – individuals and businesses – as we work to build stronger communities.

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Uniting Communities is fortunate to have a loyal supporter base who share our vision and continue to make significant contributions to our work. This may be through supporting our fundraising appeals, in memoriam donations, bequests, and other community fundraising activities.

Thank you to all of our supporters; collectively, we are making a difference to the lives of people in our community. We look forward to continuing to work with you to create a strong community in which all people can participate and flourish.

Our leadership team Executive team

Simon Schrapel (Chief Executive) has more than 30 years of experience in the social services sector. He is leading the planning for Uniting Communities’ $100 million redevelopment in the Adelaide CBD, which will incorporate unique retirement city living and accommodation for people living with disability.

Lee Sauerwald (Executive Manager, Corporate Services) has contributed the past 17 years to Uniting Communities. With a strategic focus on the organisation’s financial, social and environmental sustainability, he has championed carbon neutrality at Uniting Communities.


Reverend Peter McDonald (Executive Manager Advocacy and Community Relations) has wide experience in church and community groups, and seeks to create positive change for people who are disadvantaged or isolated, beyond bureaucracy to encourage a fair and just community.

Leanne Brus-Bentley (Executive Manager, People, Culture and Marketing) has over 20 years’ experience in senior human resources positions. She has championed many workplace initiatives at Uniting Communities during her tenure, including leading change initiatives to support our customer service focus.

With over 20 years’ experience in the aged care sector, Mel Ottaway has helped to build and strengthen Uniting Communities’ commitment to older people. She is supporting the delivery of a seamless service offering to a wider range of people, supporting them to live well at home or in residential care.

Robyn Sutherland (Executive Manager Services) has worked at Uniting Communities for 25 years, playing a significant role in expanding our programs to ensure that our services and approach are informed by research and best practice, using quality evaluation to measure their effectiveness and impact.




SMARTLINE’S support this year has enabled us to provide

250 x


for young people at Ruby’s

Our corporate supporters

We are fortunate to have the backing of a number of corporate supporters who are making a difference to Uniting Communities with donations and in- kind support.

In 2016/17, this included support for our Lifeline Champions lunch from gold sponsor CMI Toyota, as well as First Drop Wines, Belmore Nurses Bureau, Logic Films, Lin Andrews, Nexia Edwards Marshall, Bunzl and Willis Towers Watson.

Smartline Mortgage Brokers have continued to support our Ruby’s program with regular donations to fund welcome packs of essentials, such as toiletries and metro cards for young people needing emergency accommodation. Our partnership with Smartline began in 2015 and we thank them for their ongoing support.


We see a chance for our business to do something positive for young people in need.

Giving back is a big part of our culture at Smartline – it’s one way we can make a meaningful contribution to our community. We have a special interest in helping young people become the best they can which is why we are proud to support Uniting Communities’ Ruby’s program with regular donations for welcome packs. This important service helps young people at a time when they really need it, so we’re pleased that we can do our bit to make things a little easier for them.


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