Events, Fundraising, Newsletter, Program News

Term 3 2022

As we roll forward to the final term of 2022, we reflect on some of the highlights from Term 3, 2022

In brief:
  • We continue to host children from regional NSW
  • We share highlights from the Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run and provide an update on our annual Boxing Day on the Harbour event
  • Purchase a ticket in the ASX Refinitiv Raffle to support Stewart House, and you can win a car!

Term 3, 2022 Program Highlights

In Term 3, our final Term of reduced capacity before we return to operating at pre-COVID levels, five cohorts with a cap of 40 children per group stayed for the full 12-day Program. The children arrived from NSW regional areas surrounding Albury & Deniliquin, Tweed Heads, Lismore, Mid North Coast, and Port Macquarie.

When students are not on excursions enjoying a variety of fun and local attractions, time is allocated onsite at our facility in Curl Curl for health checks, self-care lessons, cooking, games, and social and emotional check-ins. The Program delivers an integrated education and recreation curriculum with our onsite Clinical Psychologists closely tracking the wellbeing of the students in residence.

It was a pleasure to support children from public schools in communities still struggling following the devastation of the recent floods. We thank our donor community for making this possible.

One thousand six hundred children depend on our program every year. The annual task of raising $5 million is becoming increasingly challenging. From time to time, we invite our supporters to participate in significant initiatives, including exclusive raffles and events that directly benefit our fundraising efforts.

RAFFLES

All proceeds from your raffle purchase go towards supporting Stewart House

ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation Raffle

Your ongoing support of Stewart House is greatly appreciated. We would like to share information for this premium raffle, where all proceeds from tickets purchased through the link below will help support Stewart House to give disadvantaged children the break they deserve.

Ticket prices: 1 x ticket = $20, 3 x tickets = $50, 8 x tickets = $100, 50 x tickets = $500. Draw Date: Thursday, 9th March 2023 at 2 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

EVENTS

Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run

On Sunday, August 28th, the iconic Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run and Festival (previously known as the Pub2Pub) celebrated its 28th year of raising much-needed funds for worthy local charities on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The event was coordinated by a group of passionate Brookvale Rotarians who volunteered their time and skills without financial benefit. Remarkably, thanks to generous sponsors like Harbord Diggers and URM, 100% of the registration fees go back to local charities and service organisations.

Stewart House staff joined in the fun on the day – as did Stewart House Program supporter Healthy Harold, the Life Education giraffe who teaches children the value of making safer and healthier choices.

We are sincerely thankful and proud to have been nominated as a benefiting charity alongside other fantastic charities in 2022.

Boxing Day on the Harbour

Watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on the Harbour is a tradition experienced by many Sydneysiders on Boxing Day. Incorporating this exciting and unique spectacle as part of our fundraising efforts has been a privilege for over a decade.

Unfortunately, for two consecutive years, COVID restrictions prevented us from hosting this event that has proved so popular for over a decade.

In 2022, we were optimistic about reigniting this event and catching up with so many supporters. Sadly, Transdev Sydney Ferries, our valued partner, has advised that they are not in a position to support us this year.

If you would like to remain updated for future trips, please provide your details to ensure you receive notifications.

Would you still like to give your support?

With consecutive cancellations resulting in our charity’s subsequent loss of income, we invite you to please consider donating. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Events, Fundraising, Newsletter

Term 2 2022

We are pleased to provide a summary of highlights from Term 2, 2022

In brief:
  • Welcome back to children from regional NSW
  • A spotlight feature on the Mounties Group – one of our valued supporters
  • Our 90th Birthday Celebration finally went ahead!

Term 2, 2022 Program Highlights

We welcomed children from regional NSW

In Term 2, we hosted 40 children per cohort for a 12-day stay with students from the regional areas surrounding Tamworth, Armidale, Griffith and Wagga Wagga. In addition to the health screenings, education and wellbeing activities fundamental to our Health and Wellbeing Program, children participated in special off-site excursions, including a meet-and-greet with the Bondi Beach Lifesavers and a ferry ride into the city to experience VIVID.

These recreational experiences, which would often be out of reach to these children, are always thoroughly enjoyable and provide an opportunity for them to practice learned social skills in a relaxed and “real-life” situation.

Corporate Partner Spotlight

A truck full of donations from Mounties Group

Mounties Group Board members, including the Club President, made a trip out from Mt Pritchard and recently visited Stewart House with a massive truckload of sports clothing donations.

The Group has a strong history of giving back to the community through its Club Grants programs. Closer to home, the local club Harbord Diggers is a Mounties Group club that holds an annual Christmas Party for the children of Stewart House. Over many years, they have also organised many gift-giving donations and other fun activities.

We sincerely thank the Mounties Group for their continued support!

EVENTS

90th Birthday Fundraising Dinner

On Tuesday, 7 June, after COVID interruptions, we finally celebrated 90 years of life-changing work for kids in need.

Loyal supporters, local dignitaries and a group of past students came together at the marvellous Bathers Pavilion on Balmoral Beach for a special celebratory dinner and to raise funds.

Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales, welcomed guests in a pre-recorded message. Fundraising activities on the night included a boisterous Live Auction (signed Mike Tyson shorts, anyone?), Silent Auction, Raffle and Wine Wall.

MCs Matt Shirvington and James Bracey masterfully directed the evening, which included a special guest performance from international flautist Jane Rutter.

We thank our event partners and the team at Bathers’, who went above and beyond to assist us with delivering a memorable evening of fine food and first-class entertainment. View photos here.

Beach2Beach Fun Run

After several setbacks, the inaugural Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run is finally just around the corner.

Join us for third-time-lucky on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

You may prefer to support Stewart House with a one-off donation if registering to join our team on the day isn’t appealing. Details for all levels of support are available via this link.

Ever wonder what a stay at Stewart House involves? This video animation provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

 

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Term 1 2022

In Term 1 2022, we were excited to see the return of students to our modified COVIDSafe Program

In brief:
  • Program highlights
  • A status update of upcoming events, including our rescheduled 90th Birthday Celebration and the Beach2Beach Fun Run
  • We acknowledge the tireless efforts of our donor community and offer some ideas for those looking to help in the future

Term 1 2022 Program Highlights

Our Board-endorsed reduced program began on 14 February 2020

Modifications to the program have continued into 2022 as we carefully navigate a COVIDSafe path through this pandemic. Changes include a smaller cohort of students (20 students, down from 84 at full capacity) over a shorter period (five days, not the usual 12-day stay).

There has, however, been no compromise on the level of fun on offer!

Over the coming months

From Term 2, we will return to operate the usual 12-day program, adapted with a smaller cohort of country children and from the same area. We remain optimistic for an on-track return to full pre-COVID capacity for the start of Term 4.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are pleased to provide an update on the following events that have been rescheduled for 2022, following cancellations in 2021.

90th Birthday Fundraising Dinner

Our fundraising dinner at the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach, Sydney, is on Tuesday, 7 June 2022.

You are invited to join in the celebration. See our website for details and to purchase tickets.

Beach2Beach Fun Run

The inaugural Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run, scheduled in 2021, has encountered several setbacks, including COVID and bleak weather forecasts.

The organisers, Rotary Club of Brookvale, are trying for 3rd-time-lucky on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

We look on the bright side, once again, as we get even more time to train and raise funds. You may prefer to support Stewart House with a one-off donation if registering to join our team on the day isn’t appealing. Details for all levels of support are available via this link.

DONATIONS

We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many supporters, individuals, clubs, and organisations who donate in-kind goods and services to enhance the experience of the children who visit. This support level helps us free up our budget for the many other essential services we provide.

As we regularly receive enquiries about new ways to support our Program, we thought we would provide some information on some great options:

Gifts and Rewards

While at Stewart House, the children participate in an awards program where they receive High Five Dollars for displaying the following three core attributes throughout their stay. To be safekind and fair, and for having a go.

These ”dollars” can then be used in the Stewart House High Five Shop, which stocks a wide range of brand new age-appropriate toys and gifts for which the children redeem their dollars on the day before departure. Also, each child celebrating a birthday while at Stewart House gets to take home a special present from a range of brand new items. It’s a real treat!

This fun element of the program would not be possible if not for the generosity of support from schools, individuals, clubs and organisations. Learn more about how you can get involved in gift-giving for Stewart House children.

Recycle for Cash

Offering an eco-friendly option to donate to Stewart House by recycling your bottles and cans is ReCollecta door-to-door bottle collection service that makes fundraising for your favourite charity a breeze.

It’s pretty easy. Jump online and book a pickup using https://app.re-collect.com.au/stewarthouse, nominate Stewart House as your preferred charity recipient, and place your bags outside for collection. ReCollect will allow everyone (individuals, schools, businesses, etc.) to donate directly to our organisation.

Spread the word!

 

Meet Bowie!

Bowie is the newest member of staff in our Stewart House School. This handsome guy joins the team as our Emotional Support Puppy.

He is still in training, and we are excited to share more about him in the coming months.

Events, Fundraising, Newsletter, Program News

Term 2 2021

We are pleased to provide a summary of highlights from Term 2 2021

In brief:

  • Delivering a COVID Safe program that’s fun and engaging
  • The Diggers’ Easter Bunny paid our students a surprise visit
  • Our Anzac Day assembly incorporated education, appreciation and some fun
  • We provide details on some significant fundraising events coming up

Term 2 Program Highlights

We continue to follow the protocols of our COVID Safe Plan to deliver an engaging program

Under the guidance of our strict COVID Safe Plan, we continue to host weekly groups of up to 20 children per group for a modified program. This term, children from five Sydney metropolitan areas enjoyed a five-night stay (down from 12-days) where they received medical, dental and optometric assessments and treatments.

Despite the restrictions and constraints in place to ensure the students’ safety and wellbeing, there’s no limit to the fun children experience at our unique facility located across the beach at South Curl Curl.

 

Easter Bunny Visit

We thank the Harbord Diggers’ Easter Bunny for a yummy and fun visit!

It was smiles all around, not to mention the sandy feet and melting chocolate, when the Harbord Diggers (Mounties Group) Easter Bunny paid our students a surprise visit right before the Easter break.

Affectionately referred to by locals as “The Diggers”, this local RSL club has been a long-time supporter of Stewart House. Each year, the club hosts a dedicated Christmas party for children in residence and gives generously.

We thank the club for its ongoing support and commitment to putting smiles on the children’s faces.

Anzac Day Commemorations

Children took part in a special assembly to commemorate, and learn about, Anzac Day

Children from the greater Newcastle region took part in a special Anzac Day assembly on Friday, 23 April, to commemorate the 106th Anniversary of the landing of ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli.

The service included the reciting of the Ode and the playing of the Last Post. Students then observed one-minute silence before the sounding of the Rous – a short bugle call used to call soldiers to duty. The efforts of Indigenous soldiers who have fought in all wars, including World War was also acknowledged.

The children collaborated to create a Remembrance Wall, where each student glued their face onto the petals of oversized paper Poppys.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are excited to be participating in some terrific face-to-face events this year, and we would love your support!

You may know a friend, family member, or colleague interested in lending their support. Please consider forwarding this newsletter or directing them to contact us.

Our 90th-Birthday Dinner

We are planning a special dinner and fundraising event to celebrate our 90th birthday. On Tuesday, 31 August 2021, the event will be held at the iconic heritage-listed Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach in Sydney.

More information on ticket sales, auction and raffle prizes will follow.

How you can help support our event

We are looking for donations in the form of gift certificates or prizes that can be used as a raffle prize or a silent auction item. We will acknowledge all contributions in our program on the evening.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss donating a prize for our auction or raffle.

 

Beach2Beach Fun Run

Please support Stewart House and the other amazing local charities in the scenic Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run event.  You can join our team, or create your own and nominate Stewart House as your charity of choice.

There are three distances to choose from, so come along for a run, jog or walk on Sunday, 22 August 2021.

Register Now