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Father Chris Riley with David and Libby Koch - the community centre's namesake
Father Chris Riley with David and Libby Koch - the community centre's namesake

Guess Watches helps new youth centre

A new youth community centre opened in Sydney this month after receiving funding from Guess Watches global charitable endeavours.

Through its global fundraising initiative, ‘Faces to watch – Time to Give,’ Sequel AG provided funds for Father Chris Riley’s ‘Youth off the Streets’ charity.

Sequel AG, the exclusive distributor for Guess and Gc Watches held its 2011 global conference in Sydney this year, with nearly 200 members in attendance.

Designa Accessories, the Australian distributor for Guess and Gc Watches worked very closely with Sequel in order to ensure the charitable endeavours were made possible.

Justin Veil, general manager for Designa said each year the global conference gives all the delegates a chance to network and foster relationships with stockists and give back to a local charity.

“The theme of all of Sequel AG’s global charitable endeavours allows Sequel and its partners to sponsor charities,” Veil said. “Holding the meeting in a different location helps us give back to our retailers by creating some ‘buzz.’”

Funds from the Sequel conference contributed to the construction of a youth centre in Macquarie Fields, which opened December 1.

Father Riley, who has been working with the community since 2005, believes the centre will be of great benefit to the young people of Macquarie Fields by offering a range of support services.

“The new centre for youth will be different from any currently operating,” Riley said. “It has the capacity to be open 24 hours and operates a child protection strategy for young victims of domestic violence.”

Each year, the Swiss-based company selects a different country to hold its global conference, which hosts more than 200 people from across 60 countries. Each year the company and its partners also sponsor a local charity.

In addition to a Harbour Bridge climb, festivities at the conference included a launch party at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, a fundraiser at Luna Park and an auction dinner at Guillaume restaurant in the Opera House, where Father Riley gave a guest presentation.

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