Term 1 2023 Program Highlights
The kids are back, and the full program was offered for five groups this term
The program was jam-packed with fun activities on the Stewart House site and in the exciting city of Sydney. Children from all over the regions of Bankstown & Parramatta, Penrith & Blue Mountains, Tamworth & Armidale, Wollongong & Blacktown, and Shellharbour & Batemans Bay joined together to experience everything that Stewart House has to offer. But it wasn’t all about sightseeing – plenty of outdoor adventures and onsite team-building activities helped the kids learn new skills, build confidence, and make new friends.
We believe every child deserves a chance to thrive, and we’re proud to offer these life-changing experiences to public school children in need. We are so glad the kids had a fantastic time, and we can’t wait to welcome more groups in Term 2.
Bank of America Dedicates Time to Beautifying Stewart House Grounds
Bank of America staff and interns worked hard before the start of the term to improve the grounds and gardens of several Stewart House buildings.
Over two days in January, they cleared the garden beds of the Batho Street, Ellen Street and Carrington Street buildings. The team’s tasks included cutting back and tidying the edible native bush tucker garden, the children’s playground, and yarning circle. With five cubic meters of organic mulch disbursed around the site, it was heavy work!
“Volunteering allowed the team to break from office routines and contribute to the fantastic work Stewart House does for the community. Physical activity in the fresh air is such an enjoyable change from working in an office environment. Our staff returned to work the next day desperate to know when the next volunteering opportunity will be.”
[Stuart Begg, Senior Vice President: Head of Fulfillment, Service & Operations]
We are grateful for Bank of America’s commitment to supporting Stewart House and making our environment cleaner and more beautiful.
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Easter Bunny and Harbord Diggers (Mounties Group) staff for making a special visit to our students before the Easter holiday.
As you may know, the Mounties Group are a tremendous supporter of Stewart House, and we are so grateful for their ongoing support. The Easter Bunny, dressed in their finest attire, with helpers, delighted the children by distributing chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies to each of them.
We look forward to continuing our excellent partnership and creating more beautiful memories for the children of Stewart House.
A win-win outcome backed by research and tax benefits
Researchers* in Australia and overseas have found that giving to charity can make you feel good, strengthens your values, and helps you connect with a like-minded community. It’s a win-win outcome!
It is common for people to worry that their charitable donations may be reduced by taxes or administrative costs, preventing them from reaching the people they genuinely wish to help.
Among the many ways to give to charity tax-effectively are payroll giving schemes – i.e. giving directly from your salary (before tax is deducted), shares, and leaving a charitable legacy in your Will.
When you elect to donate to Stewart House through your employer’s payroll system (workplace giving), you reduce the overall tax you would pay annually if it can be done pre-tax.
To explore an option that works for you through workplace giving, a one-off donation, or a gift in your Will, our website is a great place to start for information or contact our office if you would like to chat through the options.
* Source research