Tim Fairfax AC, new Patron of charity taking care of Queensland actors and entertainers
Respected Queensland pastoralist, philanthropist and businessman Tim Fairfax AC is the new Patron of the Actors’ and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund Queensland (ABF QLD).
Queensland’s oldest registered charity for performing arts professionals announced Mr Fairfax’s appointment today, replacing Tony Gould AM, the founding director of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the Brisbane Festival, who died last year.
Mr Fairfax, who founded the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation in 2008 and serves on numerous boards and committees across the Australian arts industry said he was honoured to support “this important Queensland charity.”
“As Patron, I will be working with the committee to enhance the profile of ABF QLD,” he said.
“I am aware that the arts are so often overlooked, and the talented and passionate people who work in the world of theatre dance, music, film often face challenging circumstances.
“It is my desire that, as Patron, I can enable ABF QLD to be there for performing arts professionals in times of need.”
The Fund has provided emergency support and assistance to actors, musicians, crew and technicians since it was established in 1975.
ABF QLD also announces a change of guard of the charity’s leadership with President Paul Dellit OAM stepping down from the board after 30 years service.
Michael Balk is taking over as President from his previous role as Vice-President with Lynn Rainbow AM now assuming the role of Vice-President.
Mr Balk said he was thrilled Mr Fairfax had agreed to become ABF QLD’s new Patron.
“With COVID-19 affecting so many people in our industry, there hasn’t been a more challenging time for our charity and having Mr Fairfax as Patron will provide a major boost to our efforts to support those performing arts professionals in need,” he said.