Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust – End of Financial Year Appeal – Special Message from our President

This year I am proud to say it has been such an honour and privilege to have been part of this wonderful charity for over 25 years, and the assistance we receive through the help of people like you is making a huge difference to our colleagues in need. As President I’d like to tell you about our charity, which has been helping Victorian actors, crew and their families for 60 years.

In the last 12 months we’ve provided emergency assistance to many families and individuals who have experienced hardship as a result of terminal illness and other crises. The Trust continues to grant assistance for funeral expenses (of which there have been numerous this year), respite care, urgent medical treatment plus modifications to homes supporting rehabilitation and independent living. All these people are Victorians like us and all of them have dedicated their lives and energies to entertaining and inspiring us through stage and screen.

In our 60th year two events are highlighted. Committee member Mark Williams is authoring a Platform Paper for release in August called Falling Through The Gaps – supporting actors when the lights go down, bringing the plight of our community to light. Our  60th Anniversary Celebration in October will commemorate the work of the Committee over these many years, reminding us all of the thousands of people who have been helped and look towards a strong and bright future. I will update you on these events closer to the time. All our requests for assistance are monitored by our Trustees and voluntary Committee of Management. You can therefore be assured that not a dollar of your precious donation is ever wasted.

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All donations to VABT are tax deductible.

Please extend this invitation to help to your friends and networks. The Committee and I, and importantly those who have been helped in the last 12 months, thank you for your life changing support.

Very best wishes,

Sally-Anne Upton President Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust


Since 1958 the VABT has been providing emergency financial assistance to those in the entertainment industry who, through poor health or ill fortune, find themselves with nowhere else to turn.

The VABT is a not-for-profit charity run by a committee of members who work within and outside of the entertainment industry. They generously give of their time to raise funds and provide financial assistance to those who call on the VABT in their time of need.

The VABT have an incredible team of volunteers who assist with bucket rattles and other fund raising events held throughout the year. Along with contributions from donors, the VABT has been able to continue this vital work for over 50 years.