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Buderim Foundation’s Community Grants Celebration set to be biggest yet

The Buderim Foundation is set to host its biggest ever Community Grants Celebration next month, with a record amount of funding expected to be awarded to local community groups.

On Saturday,15th September, the popular philanthropy group will announce this year’s grant winners, the recipients of which are all community-based organisations providing services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

This year, the Buderim Foundation will award more than $75,000 to be shared by 23 community-based organisations which provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

Buderim Foundation Grant Committee Chair Lisa Edward said the event is the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar and continues to grow each year.

“In 2017, the Buderim Foundation celebrated the 10th anniversary of the grant program, presenting 17 grants totalling more than $65,000,” Ms Edward said.

“This year, we’ll far exceed that figure.

“Buderim is such a beautiful community to live in; everybody is so friendly and engaging.

“Weekends are often full of lively community events to attend for everyone, young and old, whether it’s our local school parent and community association, men’s shed, chess club, church groups, sports club, arts and craft groups, garden clubs, and care services – all making a positive difference in our community.

Starting at 2pm in front of the amphitheatre at the Buderim Village Park, the Community Grants Celebration is a family-friendly afternoon featuring complimentary refreshments and the chance to learn more about the Buderim Foundation; its fundraising activities and the perpetual fund from which the grants are created.

Grants Chair Lisa Edward said everyone was welcome to participate in the event, which will feature a free sausage sizzle along with free cupcakes.

“On behalf of the Buderim Foundation, I welcome you all to celebrate the 23 community organisations that were successful in securing funds through our Buderim community foundation and join us to celebrate our exceptional Buderim community,” she said.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit our website – www.buderimfoundation.org.au.


DATE: Saturday 15th September 2018
TIME: 2pm to 4pm
VENUE: Buderim Village Park, corner of Gloucester Road and King Street, Buderim
BYO: Chairs or rugs

Unique artwork donated by local artists to be raffled in aid of 2018 Community Challenge

Eight beautiful works of art representing the remarkable talent of local Buderim artists and artisans have been donated to the Buderim Foundation as prizes for a very special raffle in support of the Buderim Foundation 2018 Community Challenge.

The unique work has been produced by members of art groups comprising Buderim Craft Cottage, a much-loved artists’ collective in the heart of Buderim village.

Some of the eight pieces of artwork included in the raffle have been created by individual artists. Others have been designed and made as a collaborative effort by a number of artists.

One of the prizes created as an artistic collaboration is a splendid contemporary quilt titled “Xanadu”. Designed by the Cottage’s Patchwork Group, and constructed from batik cottons, the quilt is designed for display in a foyer or large room, although it could be used as a bed quilt.

Buderim Foundation Chair Russell Stitz said the raffle is a great example of local organisations working together for a common goal.

“The Foundation is very fortunate to have the support of so many talented residents who are providing their time, talent and treasure in helping build a better Buderim.

“It is also fortunate to be part of a strong network of community and business organisations, including BWMCA and Buderim Craft Cottage, who collaborate to achieve things for our community”

The raffle proceeds will all go to two Trust Funds administered by the Foundation. The Trusts’ earnings fund the Foundation’s annual community grants programme, while the capital provided through donations, bequests and fundraising projects like this raffle remains in the Trust. Thus, the capital continues to be invested year after year to generate earnings for grants into the future.

Thus far, 66 local community groups have received Foundation grants, including 17 in 2017.
Raffle tickets at $5 each are on sale from a number of venues in the postcode 4556 area. Watch out for the posters around town.

The 8 prize winners will be drawn at 12 noon on Saturday 24th November at the annual Buderim Christmas Fair, held at the War Memorial Hall (3 Main St) and Craft Cottage (next door, 5 Main St)
Raffle enquiries: Phone Jan Nelson 0408075750

Artworks donated by the Buderim Craft Cottage for raffle:
1st Prize. “Xanadu”. Original art Quilt using batik cottons. Cottage Patchwork Group
2nd Prize. “The African Lady”. Designer: Trish Burr. Embroidery: Helen Walker. Framing donated by Art Nuvo Gallery, Buderim.
3rd Prize. Glazed Ceramic Bird Bath. By potter Jan Nelson.
4th Prize. “Reflection”. Charcoal drawing by artist Carol Clark
5th Prize. “Bears on Parade”. Framed painting by artist Gaye Cook. Pastel on paper.
6 th Prize: Sterling Silver Pendant and Chain. Set with cubic zirconia stone. Pendant by Silversmith Ann Dickson. Chain by members of Silversmith Group.
7th Prize. “A Bike called Chopper”. Made from recycled computer, VCR and watch parts. Copper wire forming the frame from equipment used at the 1988 World Expo, Brisbane. Made by John Litster, Mixed Media artist.
8 th Prize. Sashiko Tote Bag. Incorporating six Japanese Sashiko designs. Fully lined with pockets. Made by Inge Bosch.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, visit the website at www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

Grants of up to $10,000 available to local community organisations thanks to Buderim Foundation

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2018 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Monday 11th June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before Friday, July 20th. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2018 annual community grants celebration on Saturday afternoon, September 15th at the Buderim Village Park.

The Buderim Foundations Grant application program attracted a lot of interest last year, and $64,000 in grants was awarded taking the total amount distributed over 10 years to $404,000. Just a few of the projects that were awarded grants last years included:
• $5000 towards replacing the broken fencing so horses can’t escape, and everyone is kept safe at the Buderim Pony Club, located at Ballinger Park Sports Complex.
• $4000 towards the Suncoast Clippers Basketball Club to construct an outside quarter basket court for young people who can’t afford to participate in formal competition.
• $640 towards the associated costs of running a Christmas workshop and concert for 100 Buderim school students who play musical string instruments.

Foundation Grants Committee chair, Lisa Edward said this year the Foundation was aiming to exceed the grants awarded in 2017.

“We expect grant recipients this year will share a total grant pool of approximately $80,000.”

“We strongly believe that, more growth = more grants = more smiles! That’s why contributing is essential for us. By investing in organisations serving the Buderim and 4556 community, we strive to support, protect and encourage great purposes such as increasing learning opportunities across all age groups, protecting and preserving our natural environment and supporting youth in our community,” Ms Edward said.

Take the opportunity and apply by visiting Grant Application Guide on our website. We are encouraging organisations to visit our website to check the guidelines to see if they are eligible.


The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation whose harnessing the power of giving by generating income from donations and bequests and providing grants for worthwhile community projects.

Classic Cocktails Event

‘Classical Cocktails’ Event In Support of Buderim Foundation 2018 Community Challenge

Longtime Buderim resident and Buderim Foundation Ambassador June Loxton will be reprising her popular and successful Classical Cocktails event on the evening of Saturday 26 May 2018.

June, an accomplished pianist and composer, has assembled some of the Sunshine Coast’s most talented musicians to perform at her home.

Classical Cocktails will offer a range of musical genres and styles, which are sure to entertain.

Performers will include opera singer Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke supported by her husband Scott Gaedtke, flautist Dr James Moir, Julianne O’Reilly, violinist and leader of the Brisbane Pops Orchestra, Katy McDonald on flute, Isabel Summit (accompanist) plus jazz pianist Peter Anthon.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Buderim Foundation in support of its 2018 Community Challenge.

The ticket price is $30, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Be sure to secure your ticket now as guest numbers are limited to 80.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday 26 May 2018
at 15 Rosslyn Court Buderim.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please phone
Simon Whittle 5477 1452 or June Loxton 5479 3129.


Buderim Foundation school vouchers 3- Shane Brigg, Brian McBride, Roz Bull, Lloyd Edwards & Jayme Field

Support to local families for school expenses

The Buderim Foundation is proud to once again be a part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program. For the 14th year running, the Buderim Foundation is helping local families with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery by offering $50 Target vouchers to families who need assistance.

Buderim Foundation Director, Lisa Edward said this year, a total of 229 vouchers will be distributed. A total of $8,950 in vouchers were provided by the FRRR, $1,500 from Buderim Lions and $1,000 from Buderim Rotary. “We provide the vouchers to local schools, as well as SunnyKids who distribute these ensuring the families and children in the greatest need obtain the most benefit from the program, whilst maintaining their privacy.

Ms Edward said the generous financial support of the local Lions and Rotary Clubs had a big impact on the total number of Target vouchers FRRR allocated to us. You see, FRRR matches dollar for dollar any funds raised so the $2500 from these clubs was matched equating to an additional 100 vouchers. “In 14 years, thanks to the generous support of FRRR, Buderim Lions and Rotary Clubs, Buderim Foundation has been able to distribute $143,950 worth of vouchers,” she said.

This year, 68 vouchers each will be distributed to Chancellor State College, Buderim Mountain State School and Mountain Creek State School, with 25 vouchers going to SunnyKids to be distributed through their Najidah Domestic Violence Refuge supporting children at Kuluin Primary School.

Chancellor State College Student Services Head of Department Jayme Field said the vouchers were a great additional support for families who needed assistance. “It can seem a small thing but it can make a powerful and immediate difference for the student and their family,” Mr Field said.

Chancellor School Chaplain Shane Brigg said the difference was more than just practical.
“It’s great that the vouchers can help with buying the things students need for school but it is so much more than that.
“These are gifts that show we care, and it’s from everyone which can make the families who receive them feel loved and valued which is so important.
“It can make them feel part of not just the school community but the local community as well, particularly when through circumstances beyond their control they can feel isolated.”

Ms Edward said the Foundation has always received great feedback from the Schools in previous years and was very proud, along with the Buderim Lions and Rotary Clubs to be able to provide the small token of support to our local families.

Brian McBride from Buderim Lions said there were families doing it tough in the community and it was great to work with the Buderim Foundation, Rotary, the schools and the FRRR to provide some assistance. “Lions has always worked closely with schools offering help in several ways and directing some of the funds they raised to programs like this, where they are matched, we can increase the amount of help we can provide.” Lloyd Edwards from Buderim Rotary said the voucher program was a great example of how Buderim community organisations often worked together to achieve results.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives in the Buderim area.
Lisa explains how the Foundation works by saying…

“We function much like a permanent, community savings account. Individuals and families, kindly deposit money into our savings account – as the money grows, so does the interest earned. Each year the interest earned is given back to our community as a financial grant. These grants are given to not-for-profit organisations that provide a service that truly benefits us as a community. A donation is an investment back into your community!


Buderim Foundation sets ambitious fundraising target to maximize community benefits

The Buderim Foundation is launching an exciting year-long Community Challenge to increase grants to local community organisations into the future.

Buderim Foundation chair Russell Stitz said the Foundation was challenging the community to help increase the Fund from $1.4million to $2million in just 12 months.

“It’s simple – what goes around, comes around – and the larger the Foundation Fund, the more Buderim benefits. More money invested means more community organisations will receive grants to enable them to reach their full potential in our vibrant Buderim community,” Dr Stitz said.

“It’s what the Foundation does best… money in; money managed; money out – and because only the income from the Investment Fund is used for grants, the Fund will generate grants forever.”

The 2018 Community Challenge celebrates ten years of giving by the Foundation. The first grants, distributed in 2008, totalled just over $13,000. Last year grants worth $64,000 were distributed, bringing the total for the decade to almost $400,000.

“So, ten years after the distribution of our first grants, let’s take it to the next level. Let’s challenge ourselves to raise the Fund to $2m by the end of 2018! Let’s make the number of grants given out over the next ten years even more impressive,” Dr Stitz said.

“The challenge is significant but with the support of the community it is achievable.

“Launching the 2018 Community Challenge at the Buderim Australia Day Parade, the Foundation is asking for your support – either through direct donations to the Foundation or by running community events or initiatives to help raise funds.

“We’ll be encouraging everyone… individuals, families, businesses and community groups to consider donating to the 2018 Community Challenge. No amount is too small or too large and every donation will be recognised for the part it plays,” Dr Stitz said.

There will be opportunities for neighbours to get together to fund raise through a Street Party or Garage Sale… with all proceeds to be donated to the Foundation Fund.

Donations can be made as a one-off, quarterly or monthly contribution. Some households might consider giving regularly as it may be more manageable and affordable or workplaces could talk to their payroll managers to set up workplace giving.

“The opportunities are like the Foundation – infinite and already we have some fantastic events planned, with more to be revealed soon,” Dr Stitz said.

To find out more or make a donation, come and chat to Foundation Ambassadors on the school oval after the Australia Day Parade, or contact us by email info@buderimfoundation.org.au or call (07) 5456 1757.


Lunch en Blanc comes to Buderim

Buderim’s first annual Lunch en Blanc will be held at Bloomhill Function Centre on Sunday 19 November from 12pm and you’re invited to help raise money for the Foundations’ community investment fund.

Foundation Event Committee chair, Lloyd Edwards said the luncheon was inspired by the original Parisian picnic, Lunch en Blanc which bears a rich European history.

“With attendees invited to dress in white, those with a penchant for the finer things in life will come together, equipped with a bountiful picnic basket for an afternoon of fine food and great company,” Mr Edwards said.

The event will be a fun bring-your-own picnic lunch with great music, prizes and entertainment, all while raising funds for the Buderim Foundation to invest so the interest can be used to fund committee grants.

“Hosted in the beautiful grounds of Bloomhill Function Centre on Sunday 19th November from midday until 5pm, we will provide a splendid setting of long white tables and chairs. There will also be live music and entertainment as well as a live auction and raffle to raise funds for the Foundation with some fantastic prizes on offer.”

Tickets are $40 per person and include a glass of bubbles on arrival, tea, coffee and cakes and a cash bar also available.

The event is limited to just 100 guests so to find out more and book your tickets visit
or contact Sally Caddy on phone: 5456 1757
or email: info@buderimfoundation.org.au

Event in a snapshot
What: Buderim Lunch en Blanc charity fundraiser
When: Sunday 19 November, 2017, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Bloomhill Function Centre, 58 Ballinger Rd, Buderim
Ticket price: $40 (includes glass of bubbles on arrival, long white tables, chairs, cutlery, tea, coffee, cakes, entertainment and charity auction)
What to bring: bountiful picnic basket (cash bar provided), friends and smiles
To book your tickets: http://www.buderimfoundation.org.au/event/buderim-foundation-christmas-lunch/
or contact Sally Caddy on phone: 5456 1757
or email: info@buderimfoundation.org.au

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation whose purpose is to strengthen the Buderim community by harnessing the power of giving. It does this by receiving donations and bequests, carefully investing the funds to generate income and distributing the income as grants to organisations that provide services to Buderim and the surrounding community.
For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit:  www.buderimfoundation.org.au or
visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBuderimFoundation/
or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buderimfoundation/

Download event flyer here and email to all your friends!


$64,000 in grants this year – Celebrating 10 years of giving!

TODAY the Buderim Foundation has celebrated 10 years of giving through its Community Grants Program. A total of $64,000 has been shared by 16 community organisations.
This brings the total amount of funds granted to the Buderim community through this program over the last ten years to $404,000, since 2008.
Buderim Foundation grants committee chair, Lisa Edward said it was remarkable to look back over the years at the number of community organisations that had benefited from the Buderim Foundation’s grant program.
“Our first round of grants was delivered in 2008 and we gave out three cheques totaling $16,000. This year, we handed out a massive 16 cheques totaling a remarkable $64,000,” Ms Edwards said.
“Funds raised by the Foundation are carefully invested, and then the interest earned is distributed each year to not-for-profit, community organisations through the Community Grants Program. Each financial grant is used primarily to benefit families living in the 4556-postcode area.
This year, 16 different organisations will benefit after applying for funding for specific projects relating to community arts, sport, environment, family, health and wellness, education, safety, youth, and social not-for-profit organisations.
The Foundation celebrated the major ten years of grants milestone with an afternoon of family fun on the green next to the BWMCA Hall.
Guests were entertained by the Buderim State School performing troupes, Hot Ginger Chorus, Coastal Caring Clowns and the Buderim Male Choir.
Lisa said that each year more people become aware of the Buderim Foundation and generously donate money to our trust funds; the interest earned from these trust funds is then injected back into the Buderim community through our Community Grants Program.
“It’s a truly brilliant model. The trust functions much like a permanent community savings account. It’s incredible to have a lasting source of funds invested in perpetuity, upon which the Buderim community, through the Foundation, can draw to support programs that improve the quality of life in Buderim!”
“The Buderim Foundation relies on donations so that we can carefully invest this money and distribute the interest earned through community grants, and I am happy to say that every year this amount grows,” Lisa said.
(see over the page for list of grant recipients)

The Buderim Foundation 2017 Community Grant recipients are:
• Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc – $1,485 for a flammable substances storage unit.
• Buderim Community Kindergarten and Preschool – $4,000 for their Wintergarden Safe-Shaded Space Project
• Buderim Concert Band – $1,000 for musical scores and instruction manuals
• Buderim Cricket Club – $4,000 for a new oval scoreboard
• Buderim Horse and Pony Club – $5,000 to go towards providing a safe environment for their horses and members at the Ballinger Park Sports Complex.
• Buderim Men’s Shed – $2,711 for an industrial cutting guide and router bench top
• Buderim Wanderers Football Club – $4,000 for electronic scoreboard
• Buderim War Memorial Community Organisation – $6,145 towards hall floor refurbishments.
• Fusion Sunshine Coast – $3,630 for an air conditioning upgrade for Alcooringa Centre
• Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir – $688 for purchase of sheet music for the Youth Choir
• Suncoast Clippers – $4,000 towards construction of an outside quarter Basketball Court for public use
• SunnyKids Inc – $10,000 to run the SunnyKids Mentoring Through Sport program at Buderim Mountain and Mountain Creek State Schools
• Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra – $640 for a Christmas String Workshop and Concert for school children
• Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled Association – $8,202 for replacement and upgrade of arena equipment
• Sunshine FM – $3,000 for the purchase of on-air delay facility for monitoring and control
• Team ADEM – $1,817 for the purchase of a dedicated Team ADEM laptop computer
• University of the Sunshine Coast Barbarians Rugby Club – $4,000 for a rugby skills program for Buderim children

The purpose of the Buderim Foundation is to build a stronger community by harnessing the power of giving. The goal is to be widely known for our vital role in making Buderim a vibrant, generous and just community. The Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation that generates income from donations and bequests from local community residents which it distributes by way of annual grants for community projects.
The grants are offered to not-for-profit organisations in the Buderim community, or not-for-profit community organisations that provide services to the Buderim community.

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New faces to drive Foundation’s growth agenda

[caption id="attachment_1162" align="alignright" width="300"] Amber James, Geoff Sawyer, Adjunct Professor Russell Stitz, Jan Nelson[/caption]

Four new directors including a new Chair were formally appointed to the Board of the Buderim Foundation at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting this month.

New Chair, Adjunct Professor Russell Stitz, Jan Nelson, Amber James and Geoff Sawyer join eight current directors and replace retiring directors – former Chair Heinz Seeberg and John Devers.

In announcing the new appointments, convener of the panel of Members responsible for their selection, Mr. Rod McKinnon said each of the new directors has an acknowledged track record of success and achievement in their respective fields.

“They each bring a great deal to their new roles adding further breadth and depth to this outstanding community organisation,” Mr McKinnon said.

“These appointments are a significant development in the Foundation’s evolution and I’m confident they will make a great contribution to the next phase of growth.

“I would also like to acknowledge the exceptional contribution by both former Chair Heinz Seeberg and Marketing Committee Chair, John Devers. Collectively, they have volunteered in many and various roles for the Buderim Foundation for more than 20 years.

New Chair Dr. Stitz is one of Australia’s most prominent and highly awarded clinicians. He is respected world-wide for his leadership in the development of innovative healthcare delivery models during his time spent in multiple state and national medical roles.

Jan Nelson’s 25-year career in the insurance and finance industry included senior management roles in human resources, industrial relations, public/government affairs management and corporate line management. Since moving to Buderim, she has served as President of Craft Cottage from 2015 to 2017.

Amber James has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications, marketing, public relations, and community engagement industries, including time spent in state and local government and private practice.

Geoff Sawyer currently consults and fulfils Board roles with companies utilising local produce from South East Queensland. He has held multiple senior sales and marketing roles in large consumer goods companies with a focus on Australian produce.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation whose purpose is to strengthen the Buderim community by harnessing the power of giving. It does this by receiving donations and bequests, carefully investing the funds to generate income and distributing the income as grants to organisations that provide services to Buderim and the surrounding community.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit, www.buderimfoundation.org.au


Community invited to celebrate giving with the Buderim Foundation

Everyone is invited to join in the the spirit of community at the Foundation’s Community Grants Celebration on Saturday, September 9 from 2pm-4pm on the lawn between the Buderim Memorial Hall and the Craft Cottage.

Buderim Foundation Grants committee chair Lisa Edward said this event is the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar so we are planning an extra special celebration.

“This year we are celebrating not only the $65,000 in community grants we are awarding but the more than $400,000 we have been able to gift to Buderim/4556 community organisations in the 10 years since our grants program commenced.

“So, we are raising the bar, making it a special family affair with a strong emphasis on young people – celebrating with family, food and entertainment,” Lisa said.

For the tenth consecutive year, the Buderim Foundation is providing funding for community organisations that provide services and support for residents throughout the 4556 Post Code area.

As well as the grant presentations, the afternoon will include performances from the Buderim State School performing troupes, Hot Ginger Chorus, Coastal Caring Clowns and the Buderim Male Choir. There will also be a free sausage sizzle and cupcakes for the young at heart and tea and scones will be available for purchase.

“The Buderim Foundation is very proud to support the community, with 100% of the donations to the Foundation invested forever, with the earnings from that investment used to provide for the community now and into the future.

So, put the afternoon of September 9 in your diary and join us for this great community event.

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