Featured and Recent Causes
Each year FDC gives back to charities and causes that are personal to our people, clients and community.
We’ve grown a lot over the years. But we’ve never forgotten what matters most to us.
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.
Each year FDC gives back to charities and causes that are personal to our people, clients and community.
Australia is experiencing a youth mental health crisis, with an estimated 1 million young people (aged 16- 24) experiencing a mental health disorder in the last 12 months.
FDC’s 2023 (and 17th annual) Melbourne Cup Luncheon has proudly raised $410,095.38 for the Black Dog Institute’s Future Proofing Study – Australia’s largest and most comprehensive study of teenage mental health and wellbeing, working with 6,388 students from 134 schools over five years.
Launched in 2019, the Future Proofing Study is a ground-breaking initiative built on the notion that prevention is better than cure. The objective of the study is to assess the status of youth mental health in Australia and identify the risks and protective factors that need to be addressed to prevent mental health problems from emerging.
This charitable donation will support the final two years of data collection in schools and will allow the full five-year Future Proofing Study to be completed. The donation will also be used to support the data linkage component enabling student-reported data to be linked with government datasets including educational and health outcomes.
Once complete, the study and its findings will enable us to predict, prevent, and reduce mental health problems in adolescents, setting young Australians up for a brighter future.
To support the launch of our Women in Construction Movement we made a number of donations across our divisions to charities that support causes for women and are personal to our teams.
ACT are supporting Roundabout who provide essential babies items to families in need.
VIC are supporting Two Good Co, who support vulnerable women break the cycle of disadvantage.
QLD are supporting Suited To Success, who provide free styling, clothing, career and personal development support to women in need.
SA are supporting Kickstart For Kids, who support disadvantaged school kids and families by providing breakfasts and lunches each week.
At FDC, we believe in supporting causes that make a real difference to those in need. One of the ways we do this each year, is through our annual charity bike ride, Ride to Give.
In April 2023, Ride to Give raised $534,000 for our two remarkable charity partners, Backtrack Youth Works and The Tie Dye Project as well as supporting a number of local schools and community groups across regional NSW.
The Tie Dye Project was founded in 2017 by GIANTS Netball and Diamonds player Amy Parmenter, her sister Daisy, and 17-year-old Molly Croft who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer. They continue to raise money and awareness to help fund life-changing cancer research via the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
Designed to help young people find their place and chase their dreams, grow and become independent, Backtrack Youth Works offers flexible, holistic and long-term support. The organisation supports every aspect of a young person’s life – from helping them connect with the community and supporting individual wellbeing to helping their personal development and providing learning and employment opportunities.
On top of these charities, Ride to Give also supported a number of local New England Community Groups including Walcha, Wallabadah and Bundarra Central Schools, the Lions Club of Barraba and Bingara, the Armidale Rotary Club and members of the Bingara CWA, Brothers in the Dale, the Friends of Touriandi Volunteers, Bingara Northwest Theatre Group, Gwydir Shire Council and Bundarra Men’s Shed.
At FDC we are passionate about building remarkable partnerships with remarkable clients and pride ourselves on our long associations with many of our clients.
We are passionate about understanding their people, their story and how together we can create a stronger and brighter Australia. Ronald McDonald House Charities helps family life carry on while a child is undergoing treatment, and 2023 will mark 24 years of service providing accommodation for critically ill children and their families.
In November 2022, RMHC GWS was the beneficiary of FDC’s Melbourne Cup luncheon. Fundrasing efforts resulted in a staggering $433,629 for the charity. FDC is a family company, and for us, supporting the lives of struggling families is an incredibly meaningful pursuit. The gratitude we feel towards our clients, sub-contractors, staff and partners who helped us reach this goal, runs deep. The sum represents 2,718 nights of accommodation for critically ill kids and their families at ‘the house that love built’ in Westmead – the 60-room house FDC delivered in 2017.
It is estimated that more than 900 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2022. The average age at diagnosis is 75 years old.
An organisation that sits close to FDC’s heart, The Tie Dye Project was founded in 2017 by GIANTS Netball and Diamonds player Amy Parmenter with her sister Daisy in honour of their late and loving mother Gilly, who lost her battle with Mesothelioma in 2013.
In 2018, Amy met the extraordinary Molly Croft, a then 12-year-old, netball-loving tie-dye enthusiast with Osteosarcoma. In 2019, Molly and Amy joined forces and have since continued raising money and awareness to help fund life-changing cancer research.
FDC’s donation will help to fund vital clinical cancer research to find a cure for sarcoma. The donation also helped to aid the Tie Die on Tour Project, in November 2022 in Dubbo. The Tie Dye on Tour project resulted in more than $100,000 raised for sarcoma research via the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
School can be a challenging place for many kids. But for the one in every 70 Australians on the autism spectrum, it is often overwhelming. Many mainstream schools have limited understanding of autism and insufficient resources to support special needs – leaving a huge gap in education for kids on the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has been working since 1966 to change this.
When FDC Project Director Damon Malek’s son Matias was diagnosed with autism in kindergarten, his mainstream school couldn’t accommodate his needs. Luckily for Matias, the school had an Aspect satellite class within its setting, helping completely change his experience with education.
Aspect is Australia’s largest national service provider for people on the autism spectrum. It operates nine independent schools across the country – as well as 113 satellite classes based in mainstream schools. Each year, it brings tailored education to over 1,000 children – making it one of the largest autism-specific school programs in the world.
In 2020, Aspect brought its autism-specific education to children in regional and rural areas of the country through its Distance Education program. Operating out of Aspect’s Hunter School, the program helps regional students from Year 3 to Year 6 learn from home by connecting them to specialist teachers via digital tools. FDC has donated $25,000 to the organisation to help even more kids on the spectrum access Aspect’s life-changing resources. The donation will allow the program to support Year 7 and 8 students – and provide the technology they need to participate.
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.
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 $150,000 to Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney. The donation will provide over 900 nights’ accommodation to families with a seriously ill child who have had to travel for treatment.
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.
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.