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Future2 award recognises financial planners who give back

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), today announced that Christopher Moore, CFP® from Optimum LifeFocus Financial Planning in Adelaide, is the winner of the 2015 Future2 Community Service Award.

The Future2 Community Service Award recognises FPA members who have, in a pro-bono, volunteering or community service capacity, made an outstanding contribution to improving the circumstances of the most socially excluded or financially disadvantaged members of the community.

Mr Moore has had a successful 40 year career in banking, finance and financial planning, while at the same time contributing significantly to the community through his work for a number of charities, including Container of Hope (COH), which he founded with his wife five years ago.

The purpose of COH is to send shipping containers full of donated and recycled goods to poor and vulnerable communities around the world. In the five years since the company sent its first container to Vanuatu, it has sent 15 more to countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

According to Mark Rantall, CEO of the FPA, “Chris has significantly improved the future of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world.

“Chris works tirelessly for the disadvantaged both at home as well as abroad. Through his work with Rotary, the Lions Club and Mission World Aid, he shares not only his time, but has also mentored at-risk youth, offering not just life skills and coaching, but also his financial expertise.”

Mr Rantall went on to say that all of the candidates for the Future2 Community Service Award this year were outstanding.

“It is clear that each of the applicants have worked tirelessly to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged communities. Financial planners really do change lives, far beyond the lives of clients. Many are making a real difference to their wider communities,” he said.

Mr Moore said that he was really pleased to receive this award in recognition of his work for charity.

“The award gives me the ability to encourage others to take any opportunity to help those they can. If I can significantly improve the life of even one disadvantaged person, I will feel I have succeeded,“ he said.

The FPA Awards are being presented throughout the FPA Professionals Congress in Brisbane.