How a Victorian business is helping kids thrive.

For more than 30 years, Bayside construction company Lowe Design & Build has been contributing to the community of Victoria’s south east. Recently, the company held a gala evening to launch the Lowe Foundation, committing to the continued support of their community, especially their flagship charities Outside the Locker Room (OTLR) and Camp Awakenings.

Jake Edwards, former AFL player and Founder of OTLR described the difference Lowe’s support has made: “It is with immense gratitude I thank Lowe Design & Build for all the time and financial support they generously give to Outside the Locker Room. With their help, we have had 935 young participants through our Welfare & Education Program within the Victorian South East region.”

The program teaches life skills to players involved in sporting clubs – skills that help with their education and daily challenges, from mentoring and mental health support through to assistance with challenging issues including drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

Camp Awakenings is a youth development program for Year 9 students. Participants take part in physical challenges, creative exercises, team building and confidence-boosting programs that help to create stronger peer groups and more resilient young people. Camp Awakenings’ program director Michael Weiser also echoed thanks of support from the Lowe Foundation.

For Founder and Director Brian Lowe, it’s a natural progression of the business’s focus. “We are a company that has always been dedicated to excellence and giving back to the community and being involved is part of what we do,” he said. “We are proud to introduce the Lowe Foundation and look forward to continuing this commitment to our community.”

The Lowe Foundation currently supports the following programs, many of which focus on youth development, mental and physical wellbeing and cancer research:

  • Outside The Locker Room
  • Camp Awakenings
  • Family Life Charity Organisation
  • Mordialloc Lifesaving Club
  • Edithvale Fire Brigade
  • Pink Ribbon Foundation
  • Major sponsor of the Chelsea Rotary & Artshow
  • Isabella and Marcus Foundation

Lowe Design & Build was established in 1984 by Brian Lowe. Since 2000, Brian has been co-director of the business with his son Matt.

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Picture caption: The key speakers at the launch of the Lowe Foundation (from left) Brian Lowe, Jake Edwards of Outside the Locker Room, Sandi Sieger and Michael Weiser of Camp Awakenings, and Matt Lowe.