We’ve grown a lot over the years. But we’ve never forgotten what matters most to us. It’s people.
The people that have got us to where we are and those that will take us further. We’re committed to leaving a legacy we can all be proud of. From fundraising events to sponsorships to our ongoing work with local communities, we’re working hard to build a better future.
‘Foundations for Life’ sums up our charitable approach for our people. It’s our annual pledge to help causes that have made a personal impact to our people, families, partners or clients.
Each year FDC gives back to charities and causes that are personal to our people, clients and community.
47% of transitioned veterans have experienced mental health challenges within 12mths of discharge yet only a quarter receive care. They represent a high risk for homelessness and suicide.
At FDC, we’re made up of a diverse group of people, including those who have served in the armed forces. We understand the importance of supporting our returned service men and women.
Wounded Heroes is a national charity providing front line crisis support to Australian veterans who need it the most. Among other great services, they provide emergency food (vouchers) and accommodation for high risk current and returned service personnel and their families. FDC’s $15,000 donation will ensure this front line support can continue.
4 Aussie Heroes recognises the gap in the rehabilitation process of military and first responder personnel, past and present who are struggling and suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues. They offer an holistic, all-encompassing approach to the rehabilitation process that includes partners, children and carers. FDC’s $10,000 Pedals n’ Medals sponsorship will contribute to further develop “Camp Courage” Rural Rehabilitation Retreat,
More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25. And yet, many traditional services aren’t equipped to address the unique barriers that young people face to accessing mental health support.
Jess Cottle survived debilitating mental health issues in her teens, and continues to work on maintaining stability, with support, effective treatment and personal resilience, she’s now living a life to be proud of. Jess’s successful treatment as a young adult was directly linked to the outstanding research and programs run by the Brain and Mind Centre.
The Brain and Mind Centre is a global leader in research and treatment. In particular, conditions that affect child development, youth mental health and brain ageing. They aim to understand individual circumstances and to develop solutions that improve the quality of life for both patients and their loved ones.
FDC’s donation will fund participatory workshops with young people aged 12-24 years who have a lived experience of depression and anxiety to facilitate discussion on experiences of psychological, behavioural, and pharmacological interventions targeting sleep-wake behaviours, circadian rhythms exercise patterns and a range of other personalised pathways associated with their depression/anxiety.
These discussions will ensure our research and guidelines informing treatment systems remain relevant, effective and have youth voice embedded within.
1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people. And roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help.
When FDC Construction Manager, Ben Woods lost his brother Jase to suicide in 2015, he embarked on a journey that would not only celebrate his brother’s life, but help save others, too. Former Commando, Mick Bainbridge, brother of FDC Development Manager Tim Bainbridge, has shared the mental injuries he sustained working in a war zone. Passionate advocates of The Black Dog Institute, Ben and Mick believe in the power of early intervention through research and education.
The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, their aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. They do this through integrating their research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.
FDC’s donation will better equip students, teachers, parents and carers to manage their mental health and wellbeing by educating 2,400 more young people and their families.
Each day in Australia, more than two people die from MND and a further 2 people are diagnosed, in 90% of cases MND strikes out of the blue with no known cause.
We felt the devastating impact of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) with one of our own, Nat Azzone who among other great things was a Site Manager at FDC.
Nat bravely battled MND for more than 3 years losing his battle and life in August, 2018.
Macquarie has assembled the largest research centre in Australia that is focused solely on finding the causes of MND and developing therapies to cure it. They have recruited some of the best MND researchers in Australia and from around the world. Their research begins in the MND clinic, where researchers partner with patients to better understand the causes and biological processes underlying the disease. In the laboratory, they look for clues and potential targets for developing therapies to slow and stop the disease in its tracks.
They all work together in the one facility, on the one topic and with one goal – that is, to stop MND.
The MND Research Centre and Clinic at Macquarie University Hospital holds a vision to live in a world without MND, to provide patients with a better and longer quality of life to spend with their loved ones, and to ultimately find a cure for this cruel disease.
FDC’s donation is directed towards patient care. It will assist in ensuring no patients are turned away and assists in care for patients suffering from MND who do not have the financial provisions that can often help to ease some of the effects.