In Term 1 2022, we were excited to see the return of students to our modified COVIDSafe Program
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 safe, kind 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.
Offering an eco-friendly option to donate to Stewart House by recycling your bottles and cans is ReCollect, a 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.
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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.