CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
In honour of Seth
The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia's peak body for blood cancer. Funding research and providing services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families.
The Foundation has an unwavering focus on reducing the impact of blood cancer and related blood disorders by providing practical and emotional support, and funding research to improve treatments and find cures. Their work also includes raising awareness of the impact within the community, advocacy, and contributing to the international blood cancer sector to improve quality of life for the person and their family.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and relies on the generous support of the community to fund their Vision to Cure and Mission to Care.
Vision to Cure
Each year, the Foundation invests millions of dollars in their National Research Program to improve treatments and find cures. Research takes place in leading Australian hospitals and institutions, with a focus on research with the potential to improve quality of life and survival for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. To ensure that the best quality research in the areas of greatest need is supported, the program is steered by an independent panel of leading Australian researchers and clinicians who generously volunteer their time and expertise.
Mission to Care
When blood cancer changes the lives of thousands of Australian families every year, the Leukaemia Foundation is ready to help them to face the challenges ahead. Many simple aspects of life become complex when a person is diagnosed. The Foundations services help to reduce the burden on the individual and their family, so that they can focus on their treatment and the things they enjoy. All support is provided free of charge.
In honour of Andrew
Pioneers in the management and treatment of mood disorders
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through our high quality translational research, our clinical expertise and our national education programs.One in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year, with one of the most common of these being depression. It touches people of all ages and from all walks of life, and places an enormous burden on individuals, families, workplaces and the health system.
In honour of Lani and Corey
Creating the best quality of life for children living with cancer.
Camp Quality is Australia’s most trusted children’s charity. Our purpose is to create the best quality of life for every child in Australia who is living with cancer.
We provide essential services to kids with cancer aged 0-13 and their families. We also support children who have a parent or sibling with cancer.
We’re there through every stage of the cancer journey from diagnosis, treatment, remission as well as through the heart-breaking case of bereavement. We help at school, at home, in hospitals and out in the community.
Our unshakeable passion for positivity forms the foundations of everything that we do. We believe in the power of positive psychology to build optimism and resilience. We believe that laughter is the best medicine.
As a not-for-profit charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of everyday Australians and corporate partners to keep our programs running.
In honour of all the children who fight for their lives
The Story of Make A Wish Australia
In 1985, Make-A-Wish Australia started granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Since that time, Make-A-Wish Australia has granted over 8,000 wishes to seriously ill children in Australia.
The first wish
All his life, Christopher James Greicius dreamed of becoming a police officer. This wish was to become the inspiration for the largest wish-granting organisation in the world.
In 1977, at the age of 5, Chris was diagnosed with leukaemia. Upon learning that Chris's most cherished wish was to be a policeman, members of the Arizona State Troopers began working to ensure his dream came true. They arranged for Chris to take a flight in a police helicopter, ride in a patrol car and presented him with his very own uniform. He was even sworn in as an honorary member of the force.
Sadly, Chris passed away shortly afterwards. But the seed had been planted.
After attending Chris's funeral, two of the State Troopers reflected on the experience of making his dream come true. They thought that if one boy's wish could be granted, maybe the same could be done for other children. At that moment, the idea for Make-A-Wish was born.