Founder of Lend A Hand To Hugo
TASNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021
Luke Williams is committed to improving the lives of children living with autism and accessibility challenges.
In 2014, after his nephew Hugo was diagnosed with autism, Luke started Lend A Hand To Hugo to help bridge the gap for therapy costs. He obtained corporate sponsorship and set up a charity cricket match with donation boxes in businesses across Hobart.
Within 12 months, the charity began helping other families in need – filling the therapy cost gap or acquiring resources for homes and schools.
Now, the charities’ All Abilities Sporting Programs are the cornerstone of what they do, ensuring every participant is included, celebrated and given the opportunity to develop in an environment that is built around them and not the other way around.
To date, Lend A Hand To Hugo has distributed more than $100,000 to families across Tasmania as well as their educators, carers, and health professionals.
Luke’s mission is to provide better understanding and inclusion of children living with disabilities – while providing opportunities for the autism and disability community to fulfil their potential.