PURPOSE strengthening communities through service
VISION a future where communities are built through service
MISSION to provide an environment where meaningful services are created to contribute to all of society
Commitment to actively serve the community
Engagement through meaningful connections
Opportunity to contribute in different ways
Sustainability a future that stands the test of time
Respect for other’s feelings and opinions while being focused on our future
Connection to our history and founding Toc H principles and ethos
Openlight is an initiative of Toc H SA Est 1925.
In 1925, Toc H opened its first Australian branches and the first Youth Camp was held at Mannum in 1928. In addition to the camps, Toc H pioneered community projects such as the Blood Transfusion Service in 1928 (now run by the Red Cross) and The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme in 1935 (now known as BushKids).
In 1938, Edward Bruce (the brother of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sir Wallace Bruce), heard of the work Toc H volunteers were performing with children in need. Mr Bruce donated several acres of land at Victor Harbor to Toc H, to be used for the establishment of a permanent campsite. Plans for the main hall and a layout for the surrounding area were drawn up by Sir James Irwin. The main hall was named for the Governor of South Australia at the time, Sir Winston Dugan.
For some eighty years since, Openlight has been running camps for children in need at the Victor Harbor campsite.
Today, our focus is on building communities through service.
Openlight has been strengthening communities since 1925. Our door is open, and the light is on!
For over 90 years our members have delivered high-quality community programs that provide opportunities for volunteers to become active in their community, creating a lasting and positive impact on society.
With an emphasis on volunteers and members building a friendship while giving back, we create an environment where service groups can focus on achieving their community goals.
We offer a variety of programs that inspire action and provide volunteers with real-life experience while giving back to their community.
We welcome you to Openlight and together we look forward to strengthening our community.
Board of Directors
Chair Person Dr Patrick Korbel
Director of Youth Services Daniel Roberts
Minute Secretary Taylor Petty