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GRANTS BANNER-2022-OPEN

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

Community grants of up to $10,000 will be available to local organisations as part of the Buderim Foundation 2022 Community Grants program, which is now open for applications.

Applications are open to organisations serving the local 4556 community and eligible applicants will need to apply online before 3rd July.

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee chair Rebecca Ramsay said the application process was easily completed online and successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2021 annual community grants celebration on Sunday 11th September.

“The projects need to directly benefit residents within the 4556 postcode area,” Mrs Ramsay said.

“Each year the program attracts a lot of interest. Last year, $70,000 in grants were awarded to 14 local organisations, taking the total amount distributed over 14 years to over $670,000.”

Mrs Ramsay said it was only through the continued generous support of donors that the Foundation was able to invest money, to generate returns that could be re-invested in the community each year through local organisations.

“By investing in organisations serving the Buderim and 4556 community, we strive to support, and encourage positive initiatives that include assisting people to live healthy and fulfilling lives, encouraging cultural endeavours, increasing learning opportunities, protecting and preserving our natural environment and supporting youth in our community.”

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

To find out more and apply for this year’s Grants Program visit www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants/buderim-foundation-community-grants/ to see if your organisation is eligible and to download the Grant Application Guide. Grant applications need to be submitted online by 3rd July.

The projects that were awarded grants last year included:

Buderim Men’s Shed: Shade Sail for Outdoor Covered area – $8,771.00
The Compass Institute: Supporting the Compass Garden Cafe to Grow and Thrive – $5,897.00
Playgroup Queensland Limited:Improved Inclusive Access to Community Hub – $8,309.00
LifeFlight Foundation: New Aspida Flight Helmets to support Medical Crew – $6,972.00
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club Inc: Nipper Boards – $2,730.00
Wishlist Smileyscope, a better way to manage fear around medical procedures – $10,000.00
Buderim Theatre Company Incorporated (BATS): Theatre Computer purchase. Supply of theatre step units – $2,400.00
Buderim Contract Bridge Club: Chairs for relocation – $5,940.00
Buderim Rebels Hockey Club Inc.: Managing More Members – $2,620.00
DV Safe Phone Ltd: Drop Boxes as a part of A Community Approach to Supporting Domestic Violence Victims: 4556 Postcode Pilot Project – $9,200.00
Headland Buderim Croquet Club: A digital framework to meet the electronic demands of today’s world – $2,849.00
Maroochydore SES: Operational Response Equipment, Saws – $1,500.00
Buderim Bowls Club Inc.: Play Area Fit out – $1,700.00

Retired District Court Judge to share insights on youth crime

Retired District Court Judge and current chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, John Robertson will be the guest speaker at a very special Buderim Foundation Breakfast on Wednesday 11th May.

Mr Robertson will be presenting “Sentencing Children – Myths and Remedies” at the breakfast, which will raise money for the Buderim Foundation’s investment fund. Earnings from the fund are given out in annual grants to organisations supporting the local community.

Buderim Foundation chair Dr Russell Stitz said Mr Robertson’s presentation was sure to be of interest to the local community and expected a lively question and answer session.

“At the Buderim Foundation we want to support the community and part of that is giving people the opportunity to consider important issues like youth justice, and to hear from experts like Mr Robertson, who bring a non-political, evidence-based approach to the issue,” Dr Stitz said.

“The present approach to dealing with children in the criminal justice system has failed and the common themes in public discourse of youth crime waves are not based on evidence,” Mr Robertson said.

Mr Robertson has 23 years’ experience in sentencing some of the worst child offenders and three years as President of the Children’s Court of Queensland. He is presently the Chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, a body which engages actively in research into sentencing including the sentencing of children.

Mr Robertson said there were new innovative approaches to dealing with children in the criminal justice system, especially in communities where First Nation’s children are grossly over-represented both in the commission of crime and in detention.

“These involve a collaborative approach that, unlike the “lock em up” mentality, actually are working to reduce youth crime and rebuild lives.”

The Buderim Foundation Breakfast with John Robertson will be held at the Buderim Tavern on Wednesday 11th May at 7am for a prompt 7.30am start, with tickets available for $40 per person.

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.buderimfoundation.org.au/ or email Susi Du Toit at info@buderimfoundation.org.au or phone 0419 674 or 622 by Friday 6th May.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for people who live in the Buderim area. The Buderim Foundation also manages the Thompson Fund, which aims to support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Article written by: Michelle Smytheman – michelle@reflectedimage.com.au – or 0408 401 198

THOMPSON FUND

Grants available for Sunshine Coast organisations helping those in need

Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund grants available for Sunshine Coast organisations helping those in need.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund to assist eligible charity organisations who help those in need throughout the Sunshine Coast community.

The Buderim Foundation became the trustee for the Thompson Charitable Trust in 2021 and this will be the second year the Foundation has offered grants from the fund.

Foundation Grants Committee chair, Rebecca Ramsay said Organisations that provide services for those unable to achieve a modest standard of living, were invited to assess their eligibility for the 2022 grants program from 4th April 2022, with applications closing on 8th May.

“In 2021, four organisations providing support to people experiencing homelessness and financial distress due to domestic violence and other circumstance on the Sunshine Coast, were awarded grants totalling $110,000 from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund,” Mrs Ramsay said.

The organisations and projects receiving grants in 2021 included:
Youturn Youth Support received funds to fit out two Tiny Houses which will provide affordable living for vulnerable young people, and support for driver’s license costs for four young people.
SunnyKids Sunshine Coast received a grant to provide assistance to 100 individuals at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence and economic instability.
Ozharvest received money to purchase over 16 tonnes of food to support 20 recipient agencies that provide essential meals for people in need.
Lily House received a grant to provide funding for emergency living and school needs and food support for women and their children in crisis.

“The 2021 grants were the first distributed by the Buderim Foundation from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund, which was established through a large multi-million-dollar donation by Sunshine Coast philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson,” Mrs Ramsay said.

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund operates as does the Foundation’s other investments.  That is, the investment fund will be preserved in perpetuity with only the revenue being distributed each year.

The grants are open to organisations providing support throughout the Sunshine Coast, including the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council areas.

Mrs Ramsay said all the information about eligibility, the guidelines and how to apply for this year’s Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund grants round was on the Buderim Foundation website at – https://www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants/the-buderim-foundation-thompson-fund/

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for people who live in the Buderim area. This new Fund will allow it to expand its charitable work to people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Media release written by Michelle Smytheman – Reflected Image E:michelle@reflectedimage.com.au M: 0408 401 198

Teale Ring, Anthony Pulford, Charlie Morris, Brian McBride

$30,000 support to local families for school expenses

The Buderim Foundation is supporting local families with school expenses through the provision of $30,000 worth of $50 vouchers, to be distributed through schools and community organisations.

The 600 vouchers will be distributed through Buderim Mountain State School, Chancellor State College, Mountain Creek State Primary School, Mountain Creek State High School, Kuluin State School and SunnyKids, as part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program.

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year is the 18th year Buderim Foundation together with the FRRR had provided the much-needed assistance for school expenses such as clothing, shoes, and stationery.

Mrs Ramsay said this year the funds included an allocation from the FRRR of $20,000, as well as a further $5000 from the FRRR Matched Funding program which was matched to funds contributed by the BWMCA ($1000), Buderim Lions ($1500), and the Buderim Foundation’s Thompson Fund ($2500).

“This means we have 600 vouchers to distribute which is fantastic for local families, so we are very grateful for the generous financial support of everyone involved,” Mrs Ramsay said.

Mountain Creek Primary School Chaplin Anthony Pullford said it was very special as a community to be able to support families who find themselves in difficult circumstances, such as foster children, those experiencing domestic violence, and those who have become homeless.

“They are so grateful and often tell me that receiving the vouchers makes them feel loved and cared for,” Chappy Anthony said.

Mountain Creek High School Chaplin Stuart Cran expressed his gratitude for the vouchers which he could distribute to those families facing huge challenges.

Chappy Stuart said that in a large school with 2000 students he encounters families living in cars and families whose breadwinner has lost a job or been diagnosed with a debilitating illness.  He said that there was also a number of independent students, who could no longer live at home and were struggling financially.

“Being able to provide some relief for these families in the form of vouchers helps lower stress levels which in turn helps kids engage better at school,” he said.

Buderim Lions Club President Brian McBride said the Back to School Program was part of their many years of support for the local schools, which includes their Club’s Walk to School and Chancellor College Leo Club programs.

“Our club is part of a caring community. With many families facing difficulties due to COVID, and with rising costs of housing and other essentials, we welcome the opportunity to join with other likeminded organisations in providing vouchers to assist families and help ease the burden.”

Buderim War Memorial Community Association President Errol Richardson said the BWMCA was pleased to continue its support of this very worthwhile program, helping children during these very challenging times.

“A sound education is the very foundation in helping children achieve their full potential later in life and we are grateful for the opportunity to be involved. If this program results in only one child leading a successful and productive life it will have been all worthwhile.”

With the contributions from all the local organisations as well as the FRRR, the Back-to-School Program is a great example of how Buderim-based community organisations can work together to achieve results. In the past 18years $227,950 worth of vouchers have been distributed.

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.

The Foundation works by carefully investing all donations from individuals, families and businesses, and any income from these investments is then redistributed back to the community via an annual grant program open to not-for-profit community organisations that provide a service and support to residents in the 4556 postcode area.

“Our donors love that their donations and bequests made to the Foundation directly impact the community we live in,” Ms Ramsay said.

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Buderim Foundation

More than $70,000 in Community Grants awarded by Buderim Foundation

The Buderim Foundation has awarded $70,391 to be shared by 14 community-based organisations, as part of its annual Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide support to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area, especially as the challenges of Covid-19 continue.

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment fund, so it is thanks to everyone’s donations and the hard work of our Investment Committee, that we are able to deliver the much-needed funding,” Rebecca said.
The special Grants Celebration will be held on Sunday 12th September at the Buderim War Memorial Hall and is a Covid-Safe event.

“The Buderim Foundation concept is simple and has three key components. Money in, where donations and bequests are received, money managed, where these funds are carefully invested and then money out, with the income from the investments distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community,” Rebecca said.

“And we are proud to say that donations are not used to cover administration costs as they are all covered by our valued sponsors – Buderim Pharmacy, EdenLea on Buderim and Sunshine Toyota, as well as some special fundraising events.”

This year is the 14th year grants have been distributed.

Since 2008, a total of $671,947 has been distributed to 87 community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

“These grants will make a big difference to the lives of many in our community enabling the purchase of much-needed, and in some cases, life-saving equipment; and financing vital upgrades to infrastructure.”

This year’s grants include $10,000 to Wishlist for two Smileyscope Virtual Reality units that are used to take the fear out of hospital for kids; $8,309.50 for Buderim Playgroup to assist with improved Inclusive Access; $6,972 for LifeFlight Foundation for new flight helmets; and $5,897.34 for the Compass Institute to support the Compass Garden café, which supports young people with disabilities.
(A full list of recipients is at end of this post.)

The Buderim Foundation Grants Program is open to not-for-profit community-based organisations that provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode area and often beyond.

This year community groups have been under additional pressure as they have been unable to run their regular fundraising events due to Covid restrictions. Grants like these from the Buderim Foundation will allow them to continue their operations and services to our community.

Grants are awarded to projects relating to eight areas of interest including those which seek to strengthen the fabric of the community, help residents live healthy and fulfilling lives and protect and preserve our natural environment.

The Buderim Foundation considers the Community Grants Celebration the one of the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar.

2021 Buderim Foundation Community Grant Recipients:

Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club – $2,730 towards two nipper boards, to help make Nippers as affordable as possible for families
Buderim Bowls Club – $1,700 for the fit out of a play area, to provide more facilities for families
Buderim Contract Bridge Club – $5,940 for chairs to provide facilities as part of the Club’s relocation
Buderim Horse & Pony Club – $1,503 for the upgrade of fencing and equipment to help care for the horses
Buderim Men’s Shed – $8,771 for a shade sail for their outdoor barbecue area
Buderim Theatre Company – $2,400 for a computer and theatre steps
Buderim Rebels Hockey Club Inc – $2,620 towards equipment for new teams
The Compass Institute – $5,897 to support Compass Garden Café which supports young people with disabilities
DV Safe Phone Ltd – $9,200 for a phone drop facility including essential equipment needed to test, reset and repurpose donated mobile phones supporting victims of domestic violence
Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $2,849 towards technology to support the growing club to better manage its administrative functions, coaching practices and tournament activities
LifeFlight Foundation – $6,972 for new Aspida flight helmets, crucial equipment to providing the best chance of survival to critically ill and injured patients, reducing the possibility of permanent disability and assisting in a shorter recovery time
Maroochydore SES – $1,500 for saws to be used for operational responses
Buderim Playgroup – $8,309 for improved inclusive access so that is easier to navigate for people with disability and/or anxiety
Wishlist – $10,000 for 2 Smileyscope Virtual Reality units which are used to take the fear out of hospital for kids

Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund

Inaugural Thompson Fund Grants to support people in need

Sunshine Coast organisations receive inaugural Thompson Fund Grants to support people in need.

Four organisations providing support to people experiencing homelessness and financial distress due to domestic violence and other circumstance on the Sunshine Coast, have received grants totalling $110,000 from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund.
Youturn Youth Support received funds to fit out two Tiny Houses which will provide affordable living for vulnerable young people, and support for driver’s license costs for four young people.
SunnyKids Sunshine Coast received a grant to provide assistance to 100 individuals at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence and economic instability.
Ozharvest received money to purchase over 16 tonnes of food to support 20 recipient agencies that provide essential meals for people in need.
Lily House received a grant to provide funding for emergency living and school needs and food support for women and their children in crisis.
These grants are the first to be distributed from the newly established Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund which is the result of a large multi-million-dollar donation by Sunshine Coast residents Roy and Nola Thompson.
The Fund will be held in perpetuity and grants from the fund will be distributed annually to organisations in the Sunshine Coast region that support people experiencing homelessness and other challenges due to domestic violence and financial distress.
The Thompsons are passionate about supporting charitable initiatives on the Sunshine Coast and provided their large donation to the Buderim Foundation because of the Foundation’s proven expertise in managing their existing fund and grants program.
“The Buderim Foundation knows what it’s doing and does it well’, according to Mr Thompson.
The Buderim Foundation was established in 2004 and thanks to strong community support has a $2 million fund that has been used to provide grants to community organisations in the 4556 postcode. To date the Foundation has distributed grants worth almost $637,000 to 83 local communities.
Chair of the Buderim Foundation, Dr Russell Stitz said the Thompson Fund would remain separate from the Buderim Community Fund but would be operated in the same way – that is, money in the funds will never be spent and only the revenue raised from investment will be distributed as grants each year.
As a result of strong community support, the Buderim Foundation is now the sixth largest community foundation in Australia.

Buderim Foundation2020 Grants

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

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2021 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Monday 7th June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before 11thJuly. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2021 annual community grants celebration on Sunday 12th September.

This year grants can be used for projects, or organisational operational costs, that directly benefit residents within the 4556 postcode area.
The Buderim Foundations Grant application program attracted a lot of interest last year, and $85,022 in grants was awarded to 20 local organisations, taking the total amount distributed over 13 years to almost $629,000. The projects that were awarded grants last year included:
• Beulah Community – $2,200 for tracks and statue in Buderim Forest Nature Refuge
• Bloomhill Cancer Care – $7,991 for Family Cancer Care and Play Therapy Program
• Buderim Billiards & Snooker Club – $1,000 for refurbishment and furniture
• Buderim Craft Cottage Association Inc. – $5,000 for fire-door ramp and shed
• Buderim Dementia Alliance – $3,000 for Information Brochure
• Buderim Horse and Pony Club Inc – $1,365 for new signs and tools to maintain the site
• Buderim Lions Club – $3,073 for refrigerator and defibrillator
• Buderim Male Choir – $2,500 for music storage upgrade
• Buderim Men’s Shed – $2,360 for cooling fans for kitchen break out area
• Buderim Mountain State School P&C – $10,000 for new musical instruments
• Buderim Scout Group – $10,000 for repairs and maintenance to the den
• Buderim Wanderers Football Club Inc – $5,041 for canteen plant and equipment
• Chancellor State College P&C Association – $548 for Pace for Pediatrics Program
• Compass Inc – $7,000 for Bullying Prevention Program
• Eric Joseph Foote War Memorial Sanctuary Assoc. – $749 for replacement line trimmer
• 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc. – $2,200 for fencing to create a dog rehabilitation & exercise area
• LifeFlight Foundation – $9,060 for Project Renovation Rescue
• Maroochydore SES – $2,534 for enhanced first aid training for local SES volunteers
• Sunshine Coast Hockey Association – $3,035 for safe seating
• Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled RDA Inc. – $6,363 for Solar System Project

Foundation Grants Committee chair, Rebecca Ramsay said it was only through the generous support of donors that the Foundation was able to invest money, to generate returns that could be re-invested in the community each year through local organisations.
“By investing in organisations serving the Buderim and 4556 community, we strive to support, and encourage positive initiatives that include assisting people to live healthy and fulfilling lives, encouraging cultural endeavours, increasing learning opportunities, protecting and preserving our natural environment and supporting youth in our community.”

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

To find out more and apply for this year’s Grants Program visit www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants/buderim-foundation-community-grants/ to see if your organisation is eligible and to download the Grant Application Guide. Grant applications need to be submitted online by 11thJuly.

$5 million Thompson Trust entrusted to the Buderim Foundation

The Buderim Foundation, together with philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson, are pleased to announce that the Buderim Foundation has become the Trustee for the Roy and Nola Thompson Charitable Trust, which will support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund will provide grants to support those experiencing financial distress in the Sunshine Coast community. Organisations and groups that provide services for those unable to achieve a modest standard of living, due to challenges of homelessness or domestic violence, are invited to assess their eligibility for the 2021 grants program from 1st May 2021.

Buderim Foundation Chair Dr Russell Stitz said the Buderim Foundation already has a community investment fund of more than $2 million which is used to support the people who live in the 4556 postcode area. Grants are also provided to not-for-profit organisations outside this postcode area, provided there is a benefit to those who live in this local community. Since its inception in 2004, grants to the value of almost $637,000 have been distributed to 83 local community groups.

Dr Stitz said while the Thompson Trust would remain a separate fund, “The Foundation will operate The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund as it does the Foundation’s other investments. That is, the investment fund will be preserved in perpetuity with only the revenue being distributed each year. This new Fund will add over $5 million to the Foundation’s investments and is designed specifically to look after those in financial need”.

“We are delighted to accept the challenge presented by the Thompsons, whose vision to support those in difficult circumstances is well known”.

“The Sunshine Coast is a fast-growing area and, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, there have been additional economic and housing pressures on people in our region”.

“The grants are open to organisations providing support throughout the Sunshine Coast, including the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council areas.”

Roy and Nola are passionate about supporting charitable initiatives on the Sunshine Coast and a clear example of this is their funding of the Mind & Neuroscience – Thompson Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast which is a world-class hub for research, teaching and clinical services for Australia’s most pressing mental health issues. The Thompsons are also funding the Institute’s new PTSD building.

Roy Thompson said they were entrusting the Thompson Trust to the Buderim Foundation because of the Foundation’s expertise in managing their existing funds and grants programs.

“The Buderim Foundation knows what they are doing and do it very well.”

Mr Thompson said he and Nola believed strongly that people who could, should give what they could.

He said he looked forward to seeing the revenue earned by the Thompson Fund to benefit those in need on the Sunshine Coast.

“We’ve only touched the surface, but there are enough people here who have got the money that could help, and if they did there would be a lot more happy people in this area.”

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for people who live in the Buderim area. This new Fund will allow it to expand its charitable work to people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast.

For more information or to lodge an expression of interest for a grant from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund, please visit the website grants page – www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund story …

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Record level of support to local families for school expenses

The Buderim Foundation is providing $32,000 worth of $50 vouchers to support local families who need assistance with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery.

As part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program 2021, this year’s record amount will help up to 640 students attending Buderim Mountain State School, Chancellor State Primary and State College, Kuluin State School, Mountain Creek State Primary and High School or receiving assistance from Sunny Kids.

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year the funds included an allocation from the FRRR of $20,000 to the Buderim Foundation. Further donations of $1,500 from Buderim Lions Club, $1,000 each from Buderim Rotary Club and the BWMCA and $2,500 from the Buderim Foundation were then matched dollar-for-dollar by the FRRR, totalling $12,000.

“This is the 17th year Buderim Foundation together with our local supporters have been involved in the FRRR Back to School Program and we are very grateful for the generous financial support of everyone involved,” Rebecca said.

Mountain Creek State School Chaplain Anthony Pulford said every year, when handing out the vouchers to struggling families, many of them become so overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the FRRR Program and are reduced to tears.

“Thank you so much to all those who have contributed to the program. Additional funding has resulted in extending to Mountain Creek High School and they too are so excited to be able to use these vouchers to help families at their school,” Mr Pulford said.

Rotary Club of Buderim President Ros Cheales said that Rotary supports youth development, and this initiative creates an opportunity for young people to access the learning resources that they need to succeed in their schooling.

“The Club also sees the benefit in combining funds through partnering with other community groups to make a difference in people’s lives,” Mr Cheales said.

Buderim Lions President Brian McBride said Buderim Lions has been supporting our local schools for many years through their Walk to School Program and the Chancellor College Leo Club.

“Our Club is well aware of the difficulties many families are facing at present and we welcome the opportunity to co-operate with other likeminded organisations in providing vouchers to help ease the burden and to show that we are part of a community that cares,” Mr McBride said.

Chancellor State College Principal Victoria Ansety said there are so many families in our community who are adversely affected by the events of 2020 and sadly there seems little respite.

“Our wonderful Student Services Team work tirelessly to support our families struggling to deal with the financial and emotional impact as a result of COVID-19 and in fact, beyond that. The FRRR Back to School Program supports our ongoing work to prepare students to embrace the beginning of the new school year – ready and equipped to learn,” Ms Ansety said.

With contributions from the Buderim Foundation, the Buderim Lions and Rotary Clubs and the BWMCA along with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the Back to School Program is a great example of how Buderim-based community organisations can work together to achieve results. In the past 17 years $197,950 worth of vouchers have been distributed.

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.

The Foundation works by carefully investing all donations from individuals, families and businesses, and any income from these investments is then redistributed back to the community via an annual grant program open to not-for-profit community organisations that provide a service and support to residents in the 4556 postcode area.

“Our donors love that their donations and bequests made to the Foundation directly impact the community we live in,” Ms Ramsay said.

Buderim Foundation Alistair and Santin Cook

Love of community burns bright through the years

Within the Buderim Foundation’s growing family of donors, Ambassadors and volunteers, there are literally countless stories of generous giving, whether it be time, talent or treasure… or in many cases, a combination of all three. Since the Foundation’s launch in 2004, it is these many individual stories that collectively add up to an immensely powerful big story of success we can all be proud of.

One of these is a standout and deserves celebrating. Well known in the community as the face of Buderim Pharmacy, Alistair and Santina Cook, along with their pharmacy partners at the time, made a bold decision to get behind the Buderim Foundation as inaugural sponsors when it was in its infancy 15 years ago. Alistair and Santina have been committed supporters ever since. Indeed, the cumulative contribution through the years puts them in a very special gold standard category!

“There’s no question that this long-term sponsorship has been a major contributing factor to the organisation’s growth and success,” Foundation Chair Prof. Russell Stitz said.
“In these days of constant changes, especially in the world of business, I wonder if in fact, it might be a Sunshine Coast record for major continuous sponsorship of one organisation? And what better sponsor partner to have on board than Buderim Pharmacy.”

Alistair was happy to go on record in those early years saying that both he and Santina believed strongly in the Foundation concept, especially since their sponsorship would help to pay the running costs and be central to the Foundation’s rare ability to proudly claim that all administration and operational expenses are wholly covered by the sponsors’ contributions without the need to draw on any of the donor income.

Alistair also said back then that as proprietors of one of Buderim’s most enduring family businesses, they placed great value in the deep and lasting relationship they wanted to build with the Foundation, and they were certain about the great satisfaction they would get from watching it grow. “Pleasingly, these views have only been reinforced with the passage of time,” Alistair Cook said today.

While well known for its outstanding performance in this community, many locals may be unaware of just how highly regarded Buderim Pharmacy is at a national level. This has come about largely due to the pharmacy’s acknowledged track record for innovation in professional services that extend well beyond the conventional pharmacy business model. It includes proactive community outreach, high value health education, monitoring and counselling programs and case by case pro bono assistance for at risk and disadvantaged groups, all fine-tuned to exceptional quality standards.

Two other highly regarded businesses round out the Foundation’s ongoing and effective sponsor support program. They are EdenLea on Buderim (11 years) and Sunshine Toyota (5 years). “This three-sponsor policy has been in place for many years now and like all partnerships of this kind, it has yielded significant benefits for both the businesses involved and for the organisation,” Prof. Stitz said.

“For the sponsors it means stronger recognition of the support provided than would be the case if more sponsors were involved. It also means each sponsor can proudly say that because of the Foundation’s grant distribution role, they are indirectly supporting the whole Buderim community by supporting the Buderim Foundation in this way. And for the Foundation, it challenges us to keep a tight rein on our operating and administration costs. Of course, our army of wonderful volunteers helps massively in this regard. It also allows us to be more creative, clearer and efficient as we strive to recognise and promote these worthy supporters,” Prof. Stitz added.

Alistair and Santina have become a very big part of the Foundation family. They are on hand each year to help hand out annual grants. They attend Foundation events and of course, they promote the value of the Foundation to our community via their vast personal and business network. There is no doubting that the Cook family are true philanthropists, and the Foundation is a better organisation because of their outstanding support over so many years.