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CHILDREN “My favourite things are my children … and the favourite thing about them is they love their parents and particularly each other. It makes an old man happy when you know your kids love each other.”

My favourite things BEACH KID As a child, Peter lived in Wollongong where he used to spend all his time on the beach. Active in the Surf Life Saving world, this medal is “the only relic of that time” – third place in the beach sprint for his age group at a NSW Surf Life Saving carnival.

ARTWORK Peter says there a couple of reasons behind owning this artwork by Josephine Bundy. “I spent a lot of time in and around Aboriginal affairs and my sister also lives in Alice Springs. I wanted a piece to remind me of my personal history and (that) the place of the Aboriginal people in Australia needs more attention and kindness.”


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UNICYCLE “I go to a lot of charity events each year. I buy raffle tickets and bid on auction items without any expectations … this unicycle was a prize from the Downer Community Association. They had a fair a couple of years ago and Hands Across Canberra was beneficiary.”

HANDS ACROSS CANBERRA Hands Across Canberra was set up six years ago to raise the profile of all charities in Canberra, raise funds, and encourage Canberrans to get involved in giving. Peter is proud of the organisation and believes it will become a substantial community foundation.

Photos Kerrie Brewer

CEO of Hands Across Canberra, Peter Gordon never thought he would end up working in the community sector “but once you get exposed to things that need to be done, how do you say no”. In addition to his role with Hands Across Canberra, Peter is a board member for the Indigenous Marathon Project, on the board for the Canberra Area Theatre Awards and involved with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. With work and a relatively busy social life, Peter enjoys playing golf “terribly but happily” and says he “doesn’t need much more than that”. He also started learning the piano a couple of years ago and says it was an instrument “I’ve always wanted to learn”. “My brother and sister were taught when we were young but they didn’t like it so the rest of us weren’t given the opportunity.”

Profile for Canberra Weekly Magazine

08 December 2016  

08 December 2016