THE SANCTUARY – THE HILLS WOMEN’S SHELTER
220 Guests and $30,000 raised for The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter. The Sanctuary aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women and their children in times of crisis. Their aim is to provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis, as a result of homelessness and/or domestic violence.
PAYING IT FORWARD
200 people and $25,000 raised for Paying it Forward – Homeless Services Inc. PIF is a charity based in Penrith which supports local homeless people and homeless families. Their motto is “Restoring dignity and comfort to the homeless”. To achieve this they provide the service of meals and essential items that will provide the patron with dignity and comfort.
215 guests and $21,326 raised for Softacare. Softacare is an innovative charity that delivers creative art workshops and outdoor adventure events for children in Foster care and Kinship care. Their vision that every child in Foster and Kinship care feels safe and loved, and that they are empowered to create security and connection through healthy self-expression.
I GIVE A BUCK FOUNDATION
Our huge 10th Year and with 285 people we raised $48,900 raised for I Give A Buck Foundation. Founded in 2009, I Give A Buck’s vision is that many, many thousands of individuals continually unite to form a large, active and growing “social community” – and use their community spirit to create a significant social movement – determined to do all that it can to ensure that all children in Australia may live with dignity and good health and happiness, confident that they have every opportunity ahead of them.
BEARS OF HOPE
223 guests and $25,104 raised for Bears of Hope. Bears Of Hope offers support and guidance for parents who have experienced the loss of their baby during Pregnancy, Birth or Infancy. Through the donation of traditional teddy bears, Bears Of Hope provides parents with the comfort of knowing they are not alone from the very beginning, and offers significant ongoing support to heal their broken hearts. This includes loss through miscarriage, genetic interruption, multiple loss, stillbirth, neo-natal & infant death. Bears Of Hope donate teddy bears through NSW and ACT Hospitals, and supply parent support literature through General Practitioners and Obstetrician rooms.
180 guests and $22,500 raised for Megan Williams. Megan is a vibrant twenty four year old who has a passion for life. When Megan was four, her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and tragically succumbed to her illness at the age of forty one. Megan was just twelve years of age. At age seventeen while dealing with the early passing of her mother, Megan was tragically diagnosed with a brain tumour. After winning that battle she was then cruelly struck down with breast cancer at the tender age of twenty two. Megan has a remarkable disposition and attitude towards life. Though trained in child care, her life ambition now is to devote her time and energy in support of those who have shared her same experiences to create awareness and fundraising around the many challenges of cancer. We established a funding grant for Megan to pursue work in the field of Cancer support. Megan has endured more hurdles in her short life than most people should have to experience in a life time. Her desire to ask “what now” instead of “why me” drew us to this inspiring young woman.
SAMUEL MORRIS FOUNDATION
110 people and $18,480 raised for the Samuel Morris Foundation. After a near drowning accident Samuel Morris experienced a severe Hypoxic Brain Injury and was left with a range of severe disabilities. The Samuel Morris Foundation was set up to support Samuel and also to make a difference and improve the quality of life for disabled children and their families. This was done by providing aids and equipment relevant to the child’s disabilities, fostering research into the treatment and outcomes of children with hypoxic brain injuries and associated disabilities, providing assistance and services to families in the care and/or treatment of their disabled children.
100 Guests and $9,300 raised for Hawkesbury Skills. This non profit organisation provides recreational horticulture based activities for people with mental illness and/or disabilities. They produce & plants that they grow are sold to help continue to fund this program. The money raised went into expanding the growing out tables so that more plants could be grown that would be sold to support their ongoing work.
LIVING IN COMMUNITIES
100 people and our 5th Year. $6,320 was raised for LINCS (Living In Communities). This is a volunteer based organisation that serves the Hawkesbury District that gives support to new mothers with children aged 0-6yrs.
WESLEY DALMAR CHILD & FAMILY CARE
90 people attended and $4,750 was raised for the Wesley Dalmar Child and Family care programme at Castle Hill. The money was used to send children in care on camps.
80 Guests and $2,200 raised for St Michael’s. The money was used to replace flooring in accommodation rooms for women who were seeking refuge from abusive environments.