Three new donations during COVID-19 restrictions – Tutti Arts / Hospital School / Childhood Cancer Association

In response to numerous requests CFK has been assisting local children’s charities during the Covid-19 crisis.  Our member’s donations have been hard at work behind the scenes to help out some of the most vulnerable in the community. 

 Since February this year we have made the following donations:

 

Tutti Arts Annual General Meeting

1.    $18,570 Donation to Tutti Arts to purchase much needed equipment to be used by their special needs children to compose music, engage in film/video making/editing and other digital technologies.  Information about Tutti can be found at Tutti Arts .Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation

2.    $9,227.90 Donation to Hospital School (Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital).  We funded the purchase of 10 x Pro Books to be used by children in hospital to continue their education.  These have already been in use for the last six weeks.  We thank the Women’s and Children’s Foundation for their assistance with this partnership.

WCH Foundation 

Hands on Help for Childhood Cancer - Waitara Family Medical Practice

3.    $25,000 Donation to the Childhood Cancer Association to fund their counselling services for the next year.  The counselling service (Specialist Psychologists etc.) is the only such service available for children and their families who are dealing with this disease.  Visit Childhood Cancer Association for more information.

 

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Australian Pain Society Grant #3 and Kidsafe donations

 

CFK has forward the last instalment of our $90,000 commitment to support clinical paediatric research in partnership with the Australian Pain Society (APS) and the Australian Pain Relief Association (APRA) in the provision of funds for the CFK/APS/APRA research grant.  This is the only paediatric research grant in Australia.  This study has also been published in various medical journals and newsletters.  Check out the Australian Pain Society.

 

CFK has also donated $27,450 to Kidsafe, the leading non-government, charitable organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and serious injury to South Australian children.  CFK has partnered with Kidsafe to fund a Statewide education program for the prevention of driveway deaths.  In 2011 CFK and Kidsafe were involved in a similar campaign which reduced the annual average of driveway runovers to (0 to 1) each year.  In the last 20 months, there has been 5 driveway fatalities.  Every death is a tragedy and is attended by SAPOL/ CFK members usually as first on scene.  It will be the goal of the campaign to reinforce this important safety message to ensure no family has to endure the pain of the loss of a child that is preventable.  More information about Kidsafe can be found at www.kidsafesa.com.au

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Cops for kids, Police Credit Union, PASA & Police Legacy work together to raise money for the bush fire appeal.

Friday the 7th of February  saw an excellent collaboration by our police family that had a fantastic response from all employees at Police Head Quarters (PHQ) for the Food Drive and Barbecue.  This fundraising event was initiated as a joint venture to raise money by CFK, PCU, PASA and Police Legacy.  Many members came to PHQ just for the event.

 

Glenn Lewis from PCU, Mark Willing from Police Legacy, Bernie Zimmerman from PASA, Martin Burke and Drew Bynoe of CFK worked the barbecue and rallied support for the Bushfire Appeal.

 

As a result, $1090.35 was raised and over 20 kgs of food stuffs donated.

CFK, Legacy, PASA & PCU Bushfire appeal fundraiser

It was wonderful to see so many people either donating their change from the barbecue or making separate monetary donations.  Thank you so much to those who brought in and donated food items.

 

Thank you to Coles at Welland for the donation of $100.00 worth of supplies to ensure the barbecue was a success.

 

CFK will be dropping off the donated food to Foodbank and money will be donated to SA Bushfire Appeal.

 

Below is some general information that may be of assistance to those wishing to help the Bushfire recovery.

 

If you are wishing to donate goods, consider

  • The South Australian Government has appointed St Vincent De Paul Society SA to administer, manage and distribute clothing, furniture and household goods donated during and after a disaster.
  • Livestock SA (Livestock SA)  for fodder or agistment

 

If you are wishing to donate time consider

 

If you are wishing to donate money, consider

Please do not use emergency relief centres or recovery centres as drop-off points for donations.

Top job to all groups involved, if you would like to find out more about Police Legacy, PASA or the Police Credit union check out the links below:

Police Legacy

Police Credit Union

Police Association of South Australia

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – JDRF & Starlight Foundation update.

CFK has recently made a $30,000 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)The donation will be used to support further research to help those children affected by juvenile diabetes. 

This donation has been inspired by the struggles faced by a number of CFK and SAPOL families who have children enduring this debilitating lifetime disease.  See JDRF Link for more information about the foundation

 

So far this financial year, CFK has donated over $107,000.

 

Starlight Foundation has recently advised CFK of the results of the ‘Captains on Call’ program.  This was a new initiative developed at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and supported by CFK where Captain Starlight’s went to the Burns Unit distracting kids during their various treatments.  From the excellent feedback from doctors, parents and children, the program is now going to be rolled out nationally.  What a great result.  This would not have been possible without our members contributions.

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Police Legacy, Foodbank, Noorla Yo-long & Operation Flinders.

CFK has made several recent donations to extremely worthwhile causes and charities over the last month.

 

Police Legacy have received $6,541 to ‘top up’ the Wards Wellbeing Fund.  This extends the Fund for a third year so each child of a deceased SAPOL member can access a grant to support their health, welfare, development or education.   For more information on teh great work Police Legacy do visit https://policelegacysa.org.au.

 

Foodbank (SA) received $15,000 from CFK to fund the Young Women’s Program which aims to provide young women between 10-17 years of age with a pack containing a weeks’ worth of essential sanitary items in a discreet toiletry bag. Schools will be able to order the packs to have on hand to provide to students needing products.  The packs will also benefit all young women attending Foodbank SA Food Hubs and youth support agencies across South Australia. https://www.foodbanksa.org.au/ .

 

The Noorla Yo-Long Blue Light camp has received $15,000 to continue to build infrastructure and vital services for use by groups who engage with youth at risk and build resilience.  Their reach extends from all over SA and Western Victoria.  See  https://www.noorlayo-long.com.au/  for more information.

 

Operation Flinders has received $16,500 to continue its vital work in the development of at-risk youth from across the State.  These funds will be used to ensure a group from Ceduna can participate in the Operation Flinders program.  If it was not for the CFK funding, this group from Ceduna would not be able to attend. https://operationflinders.org.au/

 

With these donations we have now given away over $1,300,000 to support sick and underprivileged kids in SA.

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Aboriginal Basketball Academy

$25,000 has been donated to support the Aboriginal Basketball Academy (ABA).  The Academy acts as a pathway for Aboriginal Year 10-12 students to develop themselves to participate in a high level basketball program where the emphasis is on attendance, participation, education, personal development, teamwork, leadership and community.  All students are mentored to complete schooling at this level and given pathways to higher education and employment.  The program is run at St. Clair (Woodville) with students from schools across the metropolitan area attending every Thursday.  Information pertaining to the mission and goals of the ABA can be found at https://aboriginalbasketballacademy.com.au/

“A sporting environment where talented participants are identified and given opportunity to achieve excellence in basketball by fostering their personal and professional development as they learn skills, teamwork, coaching, officiating and life skills”

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SYP Fitness raise money for Emergency Services

On Sunday the 9th of June SYP Fitness at Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula held a fitness charity sports day.  Upwards of 150 people attended the event that involved competitions between Police, Country Fire Service, Military and the Ambulance Service.  Auctions on the day raised $2362 and the police were the winning team earning them 40% of the auction takings.  The police team decided to donate their winnings to us to the amount of $1000.   What a great effort and an outstanding initiative from SYP Fitness.  Not only have we received a donation but the other emergency services received the remaining 60% between them.

We’d like to thank every competitor who took part in the June long weekend charity event and shout out special thanks to Tyler Watts of Stansbury Police and Alichia Cranwell – owner of SYP Fitness, you guys rock!

You can check out SYP Fitness at:  SYP Fitness Website &  SYP Fitness – Facebook

42 Main St Minlaton.

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CFK Epilepsy Donation makes a difference.

In December 2018 CFK donated $25,000 to the Epilepsy Centre of SA and NT to purchase 25 seizure monitors for allocation to parents of children diagnosed with Epilepsy.  To refresh your memory the monitors are attached to kids beds and detect the signs of seizures to alert parents while they are sleeping.  The monitors have been proven to save lives.

We received some wonderful feedback from one of the parents who received a monitor as a result of our donation,

“I just want to say a massive thank you! We were recipients of a seizure mat from the epilepsy centre and informed that it was donated by cops for kids. Thank you so much! You have changed our life! I’m a single mum with a 15 month old who has just been diagnosed with epilepsy and has started having seizures in his sleep so now I can actually get some sleep without all the stress and worry so again thank you. You are all angels!”

Such nice words from a parent facing adversity, we don’t consider ourselves angels, that accolade belongs to all of our members who donate their money each fortnight to help kids in need.  Well done team CFK!

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Canoe for Kids

On the weekend of April 6 and 7, CFK Chairman Drew Bynoe participated in “Canoe for Kids”, a fundraising initiative by staff of the Police Credit Union.  The event was based at Roonka Scout Camp (7km’s up river from Blanchetown) with members paddling over 34km’s across the two days on the main river, creeks and hidden lagoons.

All monies raised (over $6,000 and counting) will be donated to Police Link at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be used for Christmas gifts.  This is an outstanding initiative by the Police Credit Union.  We are reliably informed Drew can now lift his arms above his shoulders again…….

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