Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott Launches Leave Your Mark Campaign

Dylan Alcott
Hannah Diviney

Writer and Disability Advocate

Jul 19, 2022

Well, if you can believe it, Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott is adding yet another string to his packed bow. The former tennis champion is launching a lucrative new partnership with the iconic Australian winery Grant Burge as part of the ‘Leave Your Mark’ campaign.

Founded in 1865, Grant Burge, a Barossa stalwart has a long and storied history of impacting not only the winemaking community of the region but also and perhaps most importantly wine lovers around the world. They’ve been there for millions of little moments in the lives of generations of Australians, as we’ve celebrated, commiserated, and lived every shade of life in between. This campaign helps them recognise that impact and who better than the former tennis champion and champion of disability rights to help them do that?

The winery Grant Burge has a rich heritage in the Barossa dating back to 1865. Now it will be donating $2 from select wine bottle sales later this year to establish tertiary education scholarships with the Dylan Alcott Foundation
The winery Grant Burge has a rich heritage in the Barossa dating back to 1865. Now it will be donating $2 from select wine bottle sales later this year to establish tertiary education scholarships with the Dylan Alcott Foundation

Brand manager Ellen Storey says, “At the heart of Leave Your Mark is the message that it’s not about our past achievements but what we are going to do next. We are thrilled to be working alongside Dylan Alcott to inspire all Australians to pursue their ambitions and leave their own mark, no matter how big or small.”

For Alcott, the idea of leaving your mark has defined his career. He explains, “To me, leaving your mark is all about being purpose driven and authentic; doing something meaningful that will have a positive influence. Whether that’s the conversations, relationships with the people around me or having a voice on the social issues that are important to me. Everyone has an opportunity in their own way to leave their mark and I think that is something special we should all embrace”.

Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott
Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott

To do that tangibly, Grant Burge is proud to support the Dylan Alcott Foundation, a charity founded by Alcott to support the aspirations and dreams of young people with disabilities. Grant Burge will be donating $2 from select wine bottle sales later this year to establish tertiary education scholarships in conjunction with the foundation across the country, eliminating barriers to education and providing future work opportunities for all Australians.

The Dylan Alcott Foundation

The Dylan Alcott Foundation is a charitable organisation with the purpose of helping young adults living with a disability to achieve their dreams and realise their full potential. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Hannah Diviney

Writer and Disability Advocate

At 22 years old, Hannah Diviney is a leading disability advocate and writer for TheCarousel.com. Her greatest achievements include her role as creator of the wildly successful Change.org petition which calls on Disney Studios to create a disabled Disney Princess, and her role as co-founder of the charity event Krazy Kosci Klimb, which sees young people with disabilities and their families conquer Mt Kosciuszko. She is also the Editor in Chief of the global publication platform, Missing Perspectives – a platform dedicated to addressing the marginalisation and under-representation of women and girls in news, media, democracy, and decision-making around the world. Hannah was also a finalist in the Australian Women’s Weekly Women of The Future Awards for 2021 and a nominee for the 2022 Young Australian of The Year.

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