$12,500 has been donated to the CFS Foundation to buy 500 Trauma Teddies. These Teddies are given to children at scenes of road accidents, fires, storm surges or any incident where there is a need. Did you know there are 484 CFS Brigades across the State? Every day, each one of these brigades may attend a trauma scene where a Teddy may be needed. We are really proud to donate to a fellow emergency service initiative serviced by volunteers. Information about the CFS Foundation and what they do can be found at https://cfsfoundation.org.au/
$25,000 has been donated to The Epilepsy Centre of SA and NT to purchase 25 seizure monitors. These monitors, imported from Finland at a cost of $1,000 each, are attached to a child’s bed to detect movements similar to seizures, sounding an alarm and alerting the family. This device allows parents to sleep in their own beds at night instead of on the floor or in the child’s bed to ensure a child’s safety. These monitors will be supplied free to families with a child with Epilepsy. These monitors have proven to save lives. Information about The Epilepsy Centre can be found at epilepsycentre.org.au
$12,000 has been donated to the Starlight Foundation to support an Australian first pilot program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Captain Starlight(s) will be working in the Specialist Burns Unit assisting the Specialist Burns Nurse/On Duty Anaesthetist treating in and outpatient burns sufferers. The Captains will be used to distract children during treatments, bandage changes and painful procedures. The initial stages of the pilot have been very positive. It is hoped the program will be launched Australia wide next year. We will keep you posted. Information about the Starlight Foundation can be found at www.starlight.org.au
$25,000 has been donated to St Johns Youth Services to assist with the issues of youth homelessness and unemployment. St Johns have established the Say.kitchen Hub on Currie Street that consists of an accredited training kitchen, working café, event and gallery spaces with support services such as the Meridian Vocational College, Kornar Winmil Yunti, Anglicare SA, Wise Employment and the St Johns Youth Service outreach team to provide pathways for young people to employment in the hospitality industry, not as casual baristas or dishwashers, but as accredited cooks and chefs as well as other employment pathways. The Hub is designed to offer children, youths and young adults the opportunity to access numerous employment providers and support services to train clients to become self-sufficient, self-caring and productive members of the community by offering hope, belief and support. Information about St Johns can be found at www.stjohnsyouthservices.org.au
It is with great honour that we recognise the actions of one of our committee members, SC1C Nick Patterson. Nick was recently recognised for his actions on Boxing Day in 2017, where he saved a woman’s life at the Millicent swimming lake.
In Nick’s own words he ‘hoped that it would have just slid by’ which gives you an idea of how humble and self-effacing he is. We could go on and on about Nick and the work he does, but we don’t want to seem biased so we’ll leave that to Mount Gambier MP Troy Bell who recognised Nick’s efforts and community involvement in a speech now recorded in Parliamentary Hansard.
Congratulations Nick, and no we don’t think it ‘slid by’.
We are now nearing the end of the 2017/2018 financial year and it will soon be time to distribute tax receipts. As with the past few years, electronic PDF tax receipts will be issued to members via their nominated email address.
If you have recently moved on from SAPOL or are on extended leave you can update your contact details by sending us an email at email@example.com or using the Contact Us Page on this website.
Tax receipts will be issued in early July 2018.
Following Cops for kids last donation to SPELD we are very happy to have been updated on how the money is being used. SPELD advance the education and general welfare of individuals with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, through the provision of quality information and professional services to individuals, families, schools and other organisations. SPELD have used the cops for kids donation most recently to purchase a stock of books to this end that will be distributed to libraries for public use.
Check out the SPELD Facebook page for more info and the acknowledgement of CFK.
“Thanks to a generous donation from Cops for Kids to SPELD SA, they will soon be available for South Australians through our OneCard libray network scheme.”
CFK has given a $5,000 donation to support the Nunga Tag Sports Carnival. This event was held on Wednesday 7th March 2018 on the grounds of the Christies Beach High School. Nunga Tag is a community sporting event that not only promotes healthy choices, sportsmanship, inclusiveness, wellbeing and cultural unity, but also provides an opportunity to access information about local service providers within their region.375 students from 16 schools participated. 35 Service Providers in the areas of Health, Education, Housing, and Family Support (including SAPOL) were invited to hold information stalls at the event to promote their services as well as promoting educational and career paths.