Donors are mainly long-term Buderim residents keen to give back to their community. Some choose to give during their lifetime, some choose to leave a bequest and some choose to make a donation in memory of someone dear to them (Gifts in Memory). Some Buderim residents have donated valuable items such as shares, wine and artwork and some simply support fundraising events.
For example, long-term Foundation Ambassador, the late David Edwards (picture above) donated wine from his amazing cellar for numerous events and he also donated rare and valuable bottles of wine as raffle prizes.
Australian artist, Anna Rubin generously donated two high-quality prints as a prize for another of the Foundation’s raffles. These sought after, limited edition prints were an impressive 1.5 metres tall by 1 metre wide.
The Foundation has also received two paintings from Australian artist, Sallie-Anne Swift, now working and living in America.
A number of Buderim businesses have donated to the Foundation. Many say it is because they believe in giving back to the community that supports them. Some say they like the way their donation to the Foundation is pooled with other donations, increasing the fund and the number of grants awarded to a wide range of community organisations. On the whole business donors feel it is an equitable way to deal with the numerous requests for donations that they receive each year.
The first business to donate was Budi Dental, a dental practice owned by Dr Chris Patel and his partner Kacey. They moved to Buderim from regional Victoria. Chris says “Our experience of living and working in regional communities has had a strong influence on shaping our belief that it’s very important to support the community that supports you.”
Importantly the Foundation is also supported financially each year by its three major sponsors, Buderim Pharmacy, Edenlea on Buderim and Sunshine Toyota. Their financial contributions cover the Foundation’s annual administration costs.