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Kathy Mac Dermott joins the Board of Advisors in Queensland

Kathy Mac Dermott was a Director on the Property Industry Foundation board from 2019 to July 2021.

“I am very honored and excited to have just rejoined the Queensland Board of Advisors, which I was an inaugural member when the Foundation expanded into Queensland in 2013.”

Kathy Mac Dermott head shot

Having grown up not far from the Bee Gees’ house at Scarborough, the sentimental value of a home and memories you grow up with as a result isn’t lost on her. Kathy has been involved with the Property Industry Foundation for around eight years. She has been able to take her 36 years of industry experience to help the Foundation fight youth homelessness one build at a time.

“The Foundation brings together the tremendous skills, proactivity and generosity of the property industry to address youth homelessness. I believe as a community in Australia we just cannot accept that 44,000 young people don’t have a safe and secure place to sleep tonight. We each have to do what we can in our lives and business networks to address this terrible fact.”

Kathy feels that it is up to the collective effort of those within the industry to help make a tangible difference to the issue of youth homelessness in Australia.

“one in three young people who ask for a place to sleep tonight will be turned away. It will take the efforts of many to make a tangible difference to youth homelessness and we all have a part of play.”

“Every $1 donated, $2 of value is created with each home built typically funded 50% from donations and 50% in-kind activity from members of the property industry. This is a compelling formula that allows the Foundation to magnify its impact. I always explain that the property industry fundraises and also donates materials and work crews – that is its multi-faceted hands-on approach.

Having the continued support of an industry partner like Kathy is highly valued and appreciated as she helps our ongoing mission to build homes for homeless young people to build their own happy memories to grow up with.