We believe that giving to those in need is one of the most satisfying things one can experience.
In such a plentiful country with so many opportunities, giving is often neglected, especially in present times.
So as a way to walk our talk we have decided to support a few selected charities and not-for-profit organisations we believe deserve a helping hand for giving hope to thousands of people every day.
The Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929 – 1993).
Fred was an eye doctor, a skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care and to good health.
The Foundation was established in Sydney on 3 September 1992, just five months before Fred passed away, with the aim to continue his work.
Fred was committed to improving the health of indigenous Australians and to reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries. He had already started project work in Eritrea, Vietnam and indigenous Australia.
Since those early days, the foundation has gone on to work with countries throughout Africa, Asia (South and South East) and Australia focusing on blindness prevention and Australian indigenous health.
Through reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 in some developing countries, the foundation has helped to restore the sight of more than 1,000,000 people worldwide.
Of the 151 million people who are visually impaired worldwide, 37 million people are blind. Without more effective intervention, the number of people who are blind could increase to 76 million by 2020. The annual global cost of blindness is estimated to be USD $25 million.
The greatest tragedy is that 80% of this blindness is preventable or treatable. The foundation works with partners to build quality eye systems and services for disadvantaged communities. Blindness is a major barrier to full social and economic participation for poor people in poor communities.
Restoring sight helps break down these barriers and makes it possible for people to be self sufficient and productive again. Quality of life improves for the whole family as well as the individual.
Lifehouse at RPA
Lifehouse at RPA is the vision of Professor Chris O’Brien who launched the project in 2006, shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. On the 4th June 2009, Professor Chris O’Brien passed away at Royal Price Alfred Hospital.
The team at Lifehouse at RPA will carry on the vision to ensure that his legacy will truly be a lasting one and that Australians will benefit for decades to come. Cancer touches us all, killing 40,000 Australians every year. It is already the single largest cause of premature death in this country and the number of new cases is expected to rise significant over the next 5 years.
At Lifehouse we are passionate about improving care and outcomes for cancer patients, their families and carers. Lifehouse will be a dedicated cancer hospital, designed around the needs of patients and their families. Research and education will be an integral part of what we do, ensuring that we make advances and train staff to improve outcomes for the patients of tomorrow. By rapidly incorporating the latest research findings with the treatment of patients we will deliver the very best possible clinical care and provide hope to cancer patients.
The Lifehouse model will also offer holistic care in the form of complementary therapies and support services alongside traditional medical care. Every donation large or small will move us closer to our goal.
All of us will be touched by cancer during our lives. Cancer incidence in NSW is growing at 2.7% p.a. and will be the number one health issue in 10 to 15 years, surpassing cardiovascular disease.
1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will contract cancer in their lifetime.
National Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation is an independent, Australia wide charity, funded almost entirely by donations from individual Australians and corporations. The money raised is used to improve the heart health of Australians and to reduce disability and death from heart and blood vessel disease by; promoting and conducting research to gain and apply knowledge about heart and blood vessel disease, its prevention and treatment and promote and influencing behaviour that improves heart and blood vessel health by conducting education and other programs, including materials for health professionals, those suffering from heart disease and the general public in rehabilitation, overweight and obesity, nutrition and the promotion of active lifestyles.
The foundation also runs the Tick Food information program, which helps consumers to make healthier food choices quickly and easily and encourages food manufacturers to reformulate and produce healthier products for the supermarket shelves.
Heart and blood vessel diseases are the leading cause of death in Australia, killing more than 50,000 Australians each year. That’s one person every ten minutes. In fact, cardiovascular disease kills five times more women than breast cancer.
SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness – through campaigning, education and research.
SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operated a busy helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia.
Headed by Executive Director Barbara Hocking OAM, SANE is a leading independent NGO campaigning for the one in five Australians affected by mental illness every year. SANE relies exclusively on donations and grants to achieve its goals and receives no ongoing government funding so every dollar counts.
1 in 5 Australian families are affected by mental illness. Every year the SANE helpline provides information and advice to over 10,000 families.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994 to promote and support breast cancer research in all its forms. To date, the foundation has allocated over $55 million dollars to over 230 breast cancer research projects throughout Australia. The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is a not-for-profit foundation established to promote and support breast cancer research in all of its forms.
Since the formation of the foundation, death rates have been falling. This is a result of improvements in treatment and early detection all of which have evolved from high standards of research both in Australia and internationally.
Despite these advances there are many aspects of breast cancer which are still not understood, particularly the cases of breast cancer.
The NBCF is here for all the community. In the first instance, it offers each and every one of us an opportunity to contribute dollars for research to help find the answers to breast cancer.
For researchers, it offers a significant, substantial source of designated funding. Researchers can compete for the available funding provided their projects are of the highest order and assessed to be meritorious under the peer review system which operated for medical and health research in this country. All research funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation is peer reviewed.
The ultimate aim of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to provide better health outcomes for women. The research the foundation funds covers every aspect, including bio-medical, clinical, psycho-social, epidemiological, behavioural and health services delivery research.
Breast cancer is the major cause of cancer death in Australian women accounting for 11,700 new cases of breast cancer and 2,600 deaths each year. Early detection is the best method for reducing deaths from breast cancer.
Fifteen per cent of all breast cancers are advanced at diagnosis. Women whose cancer is diagnosed when it is contained in the breast, have a 90% change of surviving five years compared with 20% five-year survival when the cancer has spread at diagnosis.
Founder, Vera Entwistle, immigrated to Australia from the USA. Before leaving the USA, Vera read about a program designed to provide support to the families of children living with cancer. Part of the support provided was a commitment to bring fun and laughter back into their lives.
On her arrival, Vera dedicated her time to establishing a similar program. The program was recreation based and the idea was to bring together a group of children living with cancer at a camp, where they could participate in activities that they may have missed out on because of their illness.
A doctor gave Vera the idea for a name when he told her, “No-one can do anything about the quantity of anyone’s life, but all of us can do something about the quality.” From this Camp Quality was born.
In September 1983, 38 children and 38 volunteers attended the first camp outside of Sydney at Vision Valley.
Camp Quality has been synonymous with bringing laughter, fun therapy and optimism to children living with cancer and their families.
The camp operated programs in every State and Territory throughout Australia. Thirteen offices run over 240 camps and fun days and perform to over 250,000 school children each year.
900 children are diagnosed each year with cancer. 90% of these children are unable to access the help they need. A third of marriages break up as a result of the stress that cancer brings to the whole family.
Camp Quality currently supports 5,000 families with children living with cancer. If we could reach more families we could provide more children and their families with the support they need.