Stewart House News
On Monday 7th March 2016 Stewart House will have provided care for NSW public school children for 85 years! This makes Stewart House one of oldest and most respected charities in Australia.
In 2015 we experienced a significant decline in donations...
In 2015 we received a significant decline in donations received from our most stalwart of supporters - public school children. Stewart House consistently relies on donations in excess of $400,000 from public schools (primary and high) each year. In 2015, donations from public schools dropped to a 20 year low of $350,000.
I appreciate that there are many more charities competing for school donations but for us to meet general operating expenses each year (in excess of $3.8million) we need to maintain our status as NSW Public Education’s ‘Charity of Choice’.
Please use our 85th year to refocus your school’s fundraising efforts and consider a fundraiser for Stewart House. Below are some suggestions on how your school community can support Stewart House:
Order Stewart House merchandise to sell at your school. There are 2 options available this year-the ever popular high bounce handballs for $3.00 and our branded torch keyrings for $2.00.
Participate in the annual Donation Drive. Entry is only $2.00 and you go in the draw for your chance to win a family holiday to the destination of your choice valued at $4,000. Last year a Year 6 girl at Willoughby Public School won and her family was able to embark on a European vacation!
Organise a fundraiser to be held on Stewart House Day, Friday 6th May. You may wish to focus on our 85th year. Please note that although we use Stewart House Day as a focal point you are welcome to fundraise at a time throughout the year that suits your school community.
Encourage your colleagues to sign-up to a regular donation to Stewart House through the Stewart House Salary Contribution scheme. Your $5.00 per fortnight donation would fund 1 full day of a child’s stay in 2016. Copy the sign-up form on the back of this letter and distribute to your colleagues. Currently 12,000 donors participate in this scheme contributing $1.9 million of much needed funds annually.
Support the Smith Family clothing appeal. For every kilogram of clothing donated in Stewart House’s name, we receive a cash equivalent which last year totalled $18,000. The equation is simple more clothing donated, more funds available to support our program. The Smith Family’s Recycling Operation helps schools in NSW run clothing drives to collect good quality clothes and accessories for resale or export in Smith Family stores. School clothing drives are an important source of good quality new and near-new clothing that help to keep their stock levels high. Please phone 1300 737 166 for further information. Both Stewart House and the Smith Family have supported each other in this partnership for over 60 years.
School visits 2016
School Visits 2016
In 2016, two School Liaison Officers will visit schools in Western and Southern NSW to outline the work we do and to seek support from school employees in relation to our Salary Contribution Scheme. Chris Hawkins will continue in Southern NSW and be joined by Michelle Whiley operating out of Orange and covering the other side of the mountains to Broken Hill. If they contact your school for a visit in 2016, please welcome them to a staff meeting to share the Stewart House story.
We look forward to your support in 2016.
Telephone: 02 9938 3100