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Support to local families for school expenses

For the 15th year running, the Buderim Foundation is proud to again be a part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program, helping local families who need assistance with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery by offering $50 Target vouchers.

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year a total $11,00 worth of vouchers are being distributed to Mountain Creek State School, Chancellor State School Campuses, Buderim Mountain State School, and SunnyKids.

“The funds include an allocation from the FRRR of $7000 to the Buderim Foundation. A further donation was made by the Buderim Lions Club and the Buderim Rotary Club of $1,000 each which was then matched dollar-for-dollar by the FRRR.

“We are very grateful for the generous financial support of the local Lions and Rotary Clubs,” Rebecca said.

Mountain Creek State School Chaplain Anthony Pulford said he knew of many families doing it tough in our community and he felt privileged to be able to assist them.

“Frequently the parents will “tear up” when given a voucher because it represents much more than $50. It shows that the community cares and supports them,” he said.

Buderim Rotary Club President, Lloyd Edwards said that Rotary was always happy to partner with other groups particularly on “grassroots” programs such as this.

The Buderim Lions Club’s Garry Bates said Lions work closely with schools offering help in several ways.

“Directing some of the funds we raise to programs like this, where the funds are matched, increases the amount of help we can provide to help ensure no child felt left out,” Mr Bates said.

SunnyKids spokesperson Kathleen Hope said women who have fled domestic violence often leave their homes with very few belongings and often need to settle their children in new schools.

“When mums are able to take their children shopping for new supplies with these Target vouchers, it can install a sense of comfort knowing that their children’s education will not suffer due to circumstances beyond their control,” Ms Hope said.

One mother said – “I can’t believe my son gets to wear new leather shoes to school tomorrow. Are you sure I don’t need to pay it back?” This mum had never experienced such community support and cried when she realised she could show her children she was capable of providing for them on her own.

With contributions from the Buderim Foundation, the Buderim Lions and Rotary Clubs 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 15 years $154,950 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 into what’s called the Foundation Fund.

Rebecca Ramsay said 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.

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


3rd annual Youth in Philanthropy Project

With the 2019 school year now underway, the Buderim Foundation Youth Committee launched its third annual Youth in Philanthropy Project on Friday 15th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the afternoon workshop was a leadership program aiming to introduce the concept of philanthropy and its value to young people, in order to inspire them to adopt it throughout their lives.


“Philanthropy is vitally important to a thriving society and by talking to student leaders, we hoped to encourage long-term, and even life-long involvement in the community,” Mr Tamblyn said.

“Students from four local schools participated in the Youth in Philanthropy Project this year, where they learnt more about the concept and the power giving can have in a very practical way,”

“Each school group was asked to come up with an idea for a philanthropic project of their choice before starting work on an action plan which they took back to their school.

“We then encouraged these groups to apply for one of the Buderim Foundation’s Starter Youth Grants of up to $150 to support the successful implementation of their project.

“It’s really a very practical, and exciting introduction to philanthropy and is a real thrill for students to see their ideas in action.”

Mathew Flinders Anglican College Head of Senior School Gary Davis said the Youth in Philanthropy Project is also a great way to connect student leaders from schools in the 4556 post code with leaders from community groups and charitable organisations.

“The Project was a huge success last year, with students from four local schools conceiving, planning and successfully completing a diverse range of projects which all gave back to the local and wider community,” Mr Davis said.

“Some visited local aged care facilities to install floral displays made from native trees in their school grounds or helped assemble care kits for Team Adem, while others delivered sportswear to a remote Far North Queensland Indigenous community or travelled to Cambodia to work with a sister school.’

“We can’t wait to see what students from Mathew Flinders Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Immanuel Lutheran College, Montessori and Chancellor State College come up with this year.”

Mr Tamblyn said the students have four months from the date of the workshop to deliver on their project, before sharing details of its implementation and impact at the Buderim Foundation’s Community Grants Celebration later in the year.

The 2019 Youth in Philanthropy Project program includes talks on the value of volunteering, and philanthropy in action, as well as workshops on how to start an action plan and the grant application process.

The Chair of the Buderim Foundation, Dr Russell Stitz was in attendance to outline the goals and structure of the Buderim Foundation, which is recognised as one of the top four regional Philanthropic Community Foundations in Australia.

Mr Stitz  emphasized that Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community into the future, building its corpus or capital base so that money earned from the investments will provide ever-increasing grants to community groups.

“As part of that, we have established a Youth Sub-fund, which is focused on providing grants specifically for programs benefiting our young people,” Mr Stitz said.

“We go even further through programs like the Youth in Philanthropy Project, where we also foster a giving philosophy that will grow with these young people into the future.”


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!