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Foundations For Life

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.

Featured and Recent Causes

Each year FDC gives back to charities and causes that are personal to our people, clients and community.

  • Recent Causes

    Research shows that health and mortality risks increase with the number of years someone is living with obesity. A quarter of the nation’s children over 2 years of age (more than 1.2 million) are now overweight or obese, and childhood obesity quadruples the risk of type 2 diabetes. Remote and regional communities are particularly susceptible.

    At FDC, we are a family-based business. We understand the importance of supporting the next generation to live their best lives no matter where they live.

    The Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney University is a hub for some of the brightest minds in Australia. The building houses nearly a thousand people, including philosophers, historians, playwrights, novelists, poets, biomedical scientists, engineers, mathematicians, people working in pediatrics and dietetics, allied health professionals and clinicians. Soon, another bright young mind will be joining the Charles Perkins Centre community, with the introduction of FDC’s Postgraduate Research Scholarship. The $150,000 three-year PhD scholarship, will be awarded to a student facing social or financial disadvantage and help further research into the childhood obesity epidemic.


    To read more about the FDC Phd scholarship at Sydney University and why supporting research into childhood obesity  is personal to us click here.

     

    Donation
    $150,000

    Year
    2021

    When a child is seriously ill, it can disrupt every aspect of family life – from school and work, to everyday moments like meal times, bath times, play times and quality time. This can have a devastating effect on the whole family. Ronald McDonald House Charities helps family life carry on while a child is undergoing treatment. Since 1981, they have helped thousands of Australian families through their most difficult times.

    At FDC, we are a family-based business. We understand the importance of supporting families through their most difficult times.

    Ronald McDonald House Australia aims to keep families together and close to the care their child needs. They have 18 houses across Australia that provide essential care and support for families, only steps away from hospital.

    2021 will mark 40 years of service providing accommodation for critically ill children and their families. To celebrate and acknowledge such an achievement, FDC has donated $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney. The donation will provide over 600 nights’ accommodation to families with a seriously ill child who have had to travel for treatment.

    To read more about our charitable partners and why supporting Ronald McDonald House is personal to us click here. 

     

    Donation
    $100,000

    Year
    2021

    At FDC, we’re made up of a diverse group of talented people including our proudly Indigenous team members. We understand the importance of providing equality in opportunity and support to ensure every Australian can develop their full potential.

    This NAIDOC week, we want to continue to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by further contributing to the education of our young Indigenous community.

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is dedicated to improving the literacy of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who live in remote parts of Australia. They aim to ensure each child is able to develop their full potential and make choices for their future education, health and general wellbeing. FDC’s $10,000 donation will buy 1,000 specially curated books for remote Indigenous communities that would otherwise not have access.

    Redfern Jarjum College holds a strong mission is to educate urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are not participating or coping in mainstream primary schools as a result of their domestic circumstances. They aim to alleviate the social, emotional, behavioural and health disadvantages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children so that they can return to mainstream schooling, and to provide opportunities for them to pursue secondary education. FDC’s $5,000 donation will ensure the college can continue to deliver a range of health and educations services to students including paediatric, dental, speech pathology and psychological services that helps inform their teaching and learning strategies to help their kids be their best and most successful selves.

    To read more about our Indigenous team members and why supporting The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Redfern Jarjum College is personal to us click here.  

     

    Donation
    $15,000

    Year
    2020

                             

    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.

    To read more about people at FDC who have served and why supporting Wounded Heroes and 4 Aussie Heroes is personal to us click here. 

     

    Donation
    $25,000

    Year
    2020

    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.

    To read more about Jess’s inspiring story and why the Brain and Mind Centre is personal to us.

    Donation
    $15,000

    Year
    2020

    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.

    To read more about Ben and Mick’s inspiring stories and why the Black Dog Institute is personal to us click here.

    Donation
    $15,000

    Year
    2020

    Motor Neuron Disease Research Centre & Clinic

    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.

    Donation
    $327,000

    Year
    2019

  • Featured Fundraisers
    2019
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $627,958
    2018
    Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders
    $300,000
    2018
    Ride for Jase, led by Ben Woods
    $300,000
    2018
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $628,000
    2017
    Cure Brain Cancer Foundation & Charlie Teo Foundation
    $302,000
    2017
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $650,000
    2016
    The Kids’ Cancer Project
    $201,000
    2016
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $540,000
    2015
    Giants Steps
    $198,000
    2015
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $200,000
    2014
    Uspace, St Vincents Private Hospital
    $173,000
    2014
    Royal Far West “Ride for Country Kids”
    $126,000
    2013
    Save Our Sons, Duchenne Foundation
    $131,000
    2012
    CEO Cookoff, Food Crisis Relief
    $85,000
    2012
    Habitat for Humanity, housing initiative
    $95,000
    2012
    Oxfam Walk
    $96,000
    2011
    Sydney Children’s Hospital
    $80,000
  • Sponsored Projects
    2019
    Landscaping package, Ronald McDonald House, Westmead, NSW
    $90,000
    2017
    Office fitout, Be Centre Head Office, Warriewood, NSW
    $450,000
    2014
    Father Chris Riley – Tsunami Relief Orphanage Development, Aceh, Indonesia
    $30,000
    2013
    Development of Puppy Breeding Centre, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Glossodia, NSW
    $130,000
    2013
    KanMed Twin Cot for Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit, Mater Hospital, Brisbane, QLD
    n/a
    2013
    Hydrotherapy pool hoist, Nadrasca, Mitcham, Victoria
    $18,000
    2012
    Property Industry Foundation – redevelopment of Marist Youth Care housing, Sydney, NSW
    $100,000
    2012
    Refurbishment of Auburn Family Centre, Barnardo's Auburn, NSW
    $150,000
    2012
    Purchase of 'Jeht' the horse, Riding for the Disabled, Kendell, NSW
    $6,000
    2010
    Refurbishment of 5 apartments, Barnardo’s Crisis Accommodation, Auburn, NSW
    $250,000
    2010
    'Build a Gym' Royal Children's Hospital, Westmead, NSW
    $60,000
    2010
    Kitchen fitout, Warrah School, Dural, NSW
    $50,000
>500

The number of charities and community programs we have supported

$10m+

Total funds raised to date for community and charity initiatives

20,000km

The record-breaking distance rode by Ben Woods in his Ride for Jase fundraiser in support of the Black Dog Institute