Stewart House News
A vote of thanks
Thank you to those within the public education community who continue to support Stewart House.
Stewart House opened its doors in 1931 to provide public school children with a break from their current circumstance. The reasons individual children are chosen to attend our program are many and varied and the demand for our services still remains strong. We need around $2.9 million each year to operate at capacity.
New and improved merchandise
This year we are making available Stewart House branded 'HIGH BOUNCY BALLS' as a fundraising tool. They are perfect for a good game of handball or just a bit of fun in the school playground and competitively priced at $3.00 each.
Donation Drive envelopes will be distributed by NSWDEC to every school during term 1. Students can donate $2.00 for a chance to win a $4,000 holiday. Make a fuss of their return on Stewart House Day on the second Friday in May.
We use Stewart House Day in May each year as a focal point for fundraising and to acknowledge donors at an Annual Presentation Ceremony. Schools can order their merchandise now and select any day in their calendar for fundraising. Merchandise can be conveniently ordered anytime throughout the year with pre-payment or by requesting an invoice (subject to stock availability).
Upgrade of Stewart House Facilities
With thanks to significant corporate and private donations, we were able to completely refurbish all five childrens' bathrooms and upgrade dormitory accommodation to modern standards. The 1,800 public school children who attend Stewart House annually now have a comfortable and safe environment for their 12-day stay.
Urgent work was carried out on the roof of the upper building at Stewart House that houses dormitories, our dining room, recreation rooms and the office. The roof, leaking in many places, was replaced. This was major, much anticipated and essential work.
Salary Contribution Scheme for Public Education Staff
Currently 10,000 Department of Education and Communities employees contribute to Stewart House from their salary each fortnight. These generous donations enable Stewart House to meet around 44% of our operating costs.
The ask is simple...would you miss $4.00 per pay? Over a 12 month period your tax deductable donation of $104 will fund one day of a child's stay at Stewart House.
Please copy and distribute the form below to your staff to encourage them to sign up for a donation. The form is also available on our website www.stewarthouse.org.au where staff can sign up online.
With your support, Stewart House will be able to keep our doors open for public school children in need well into the future.
Telephone: 02 9938 3100