Buderim Foundation’s biggest ever Community Grants Celebration

The Buderim Foundation awarded a record amount of $82,485 to be shared by 19 community-based organisations today, as part of its biggest ever Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation 2019 grants

During a lively spring afternoon in the garden between the Buderim Memorial Hall and Craft Cottage filled with community spirit, the popular philanthropy group announced the grants  to the community organisations which provide services and support for residents in the 4556 post code.

Buderim Foundation Grant Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the event is the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar and continues to grow each year.

“This year that is particularly important because our theme is Growing our Community. To celebrate this, everyone attending has had the opportunity to plant their own seedling so they can take it home to water and nurture and be rewarded when their plant grows.

“This is much like the concept for the Buderim Foundation where donations and bequests are received – money in, then carefully invested – money managed, with the income from the investments then distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community – money out,” Rebecca said.

This year is the 12th year grants have been distributed, with 159 grants worth $541,928 awarded to almost 100 community organisations supporting the 4556 post code area since 2008.

“These funds will make a big difference to the lives of many in our community by funding various programs, enabling the purchase of much-needed and in some cases life-saving equipment or financing vital upgrades to infrastructure.”

Some of this year’s recipients include $10,000 to Fusion Sunshine Coast for their mobile youth drop-in hub, $6,050 to the Compass Institute for a new outdoor dining and recreation area at their farm as well as $9,349 to Buderim Guides to repair stairs and purchase camping equipment.

Funding awarded this year will go towards a range of different projects including painting, repairs, renovation, fencing and security for community buildings and facilities, equipment from communications heads sets through to an automated external defibrillator, sheet music, a generator, camping equipment and more. Scroll down to see the full list of recipients.

The Buderim Foundation Grants Program is open to not-for-profit community-based organisations that provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

Grants are awarded to projects relating to eight areas of interest including those which seek to strengthen the fabric of the community, help residents live healthy and fulfilling lives and protect and preserve our natural environment.

The Buderim Foundation consider the Community Grants Celebration the most important day on the Foundations calendar and this year provided complimentary seeds to plant and take home and a free sausage sizzle.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit the new website – www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

FULL LIST OF 2019 BUDERIM FOUNDATION COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc – QF6 Mooloolaba – $ 2,760 for an automated external defibrillator
  • Buderim Amateur Theatre Company Inc (BATS) – $ 2,120 for headsets to improve communications
  • Buderim Craft Cottage Association Inc – $ 3,000 for renovation of main workroom kitchen
  • Buderim Cricket Club – $ 1,252 for clubhouse painting
  • Buderim Guides – $ 9,349 to repair stairs and to purchase camping equipment
  • Buderim Kindergarten – $ 1,525 for a new refrigerator
  • Buderim Men’s Shed – $ 4,300 for security systems
  • Buderim Pony Club – $ 2,000 to replace perimeter fences
  • Buderim Uniting Church – $ 1,000 for outdoor play equipment
  • Connect Community Plus Kids Inc – $ 9,000 for a software program to assist mentoring
  • Fusion Australia Sunshine Coast – $ 10,000 for a mobile youth drop-in hub
  • Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $ 4,685 for kitchen modifications and renovation
  • LifeFlight Foundation – $ 8,872 for a generator for use during power outages
  • Maroochydore State Emergency Service – $ 1,200 for a ladder loader to move equipment on response vehicles
  • Oriana Arts Inc – $ 750 for sheet music of Australian Bush Songs
  • Sunshine Coast Archery Club Inc – $ 3,000 for an electrical upgrade to the hall
  • Sunshine FM Radio Association Incorporated – $ 7,604 for a technology upgrade
  • The Compass Institute – $ 6,050 for a new outdoor dining and recreation area at their farm
  • Wishlist – Sunshine Coast Health Foundation – $ 4,000 for BreastScreen Queensland lighting and sensory distraction suites

The Dock Mooloolaba’s first Musos 4 Mates event a huge success

The first Musos 4 Mates @ The Dock Mooloolaba fundraiser on Tuesday night was a huge success with more than 18 local musicians performing for a crowd of about 400 people throughout the night, raising more than $2600 for the nominated recipient, friend Cheryl, a wife and mum of four who was diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time and is unable to work while undergoing treatment.

Don’t miss the Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk – register now!

The Bli Bli Unite Fun Run is only a few weeks away so now is the time to gather your family, friends, work or school mates to register.

Already the teachers and students at Good Samaritan Catholic College at Bli Bli have taken up the challenge and are putting together a team of more than 50!

The event on Sunday 22nd September, organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch and Bli Bli Little Athletics, attracts hundreds of participants and raises funds for White Ribbon, which works to prevent domestic violence and support victims.

Good Samaritan Catholic College Head of HPE Matt Rattray said with the school in it’s foundation year, they were keen the teachers, staff and students were – involved with the local community.

Mr Rattray said the Bli Bli Unite Fun Run was an important local event with an important message.

“Getting involved and helping to raise funds and awareness for such a great cause is a great opportunity for us,” Mr Rattray said.

“There is lots of interest from everyone in the school community so we are expecting to have a large team walking and running including students from the schools foundation prep, grade 1, 2, 3, and 7 classes,” he said.

“It’s a great cause for us all so we would love to extend the challenge to other Bli Bli and Sunshine Coast organisations and businesses to also get on board!”

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck said this year they were aiming to break the record from last year’s event – 300 registrations and $10,000 raised.

“The more the merrier because we are helping to raise awareness for this important and serious issue in our community, in a fun way.

“We are working with the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee to raise awareness about domestic violence and also raising funds for the victims of domestic violence and Sonshine Sanctuary refuge homes on the Sunshine Coast.

“The course is a picturesque 4km around the central lake at Parklakes 2 and is a great walk or run – and this year we are putting out a special challenge to local businesses to join families and school students.

“We’re challenging them to register, come enjoy the day and raise funds for White Ribbon and to help victims & families here in Bli Bli and on the Sunshine Coast.”

“There is also a great raffle for a gorgeous one-of-a-kind diamond ring donated by Sunstate Jewellers, which will be drawn on the day.

“Sunstate Jewellers have been supporting us for years and this year they have outdone themselves designing this spectacular ring.

The ring valued at $12,500 is made from 18ct white gold ring handset with 101 brilliant cut natural diamonds with a total diamond weight of 2.50ct. and has been independently valued at $12,500.

Sunshine Coast White Ribbon chair and Sunshine Coast Police District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson congratulated the Bli Bli Neighborhood Watch team on their endeavours to play a role in stopping domestic violence from occurring within the Sunshine Coast.

“Violence occurs right across the community and violence within the home is one issue which is my greatest concern. Domestic and family violence has a significant impact on all involved, whether it be the victim, the family, friends, colleagues and the offender themselves – there is no winner, Superintendent Johnson said.

“We have over 3000 domestic violence orders in place in this area – that is to many.  We need to work together as a community to MAKE IT STOP.

“We all have a responsibility – when you see violence of any type, we need to ensure we are playing our part to ensure that the attitude, culture and behaviour of our perpetrators is being changed.  This is not a challenge we will arrest our way out of – changing behaviours starts in the home.

“Let’s make sure we are role models to our children and ensure they know what is right and what is inappropriate.  Violence of any kind is wrong and as a community, we can ensure we are making a difference,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“So, whether it be at home, at school, on the sporting field, having a drink with friends or at work, you have the opportunity to correct the behaviour and language of those around you.”

Raffle tickets are available online from www.sunstatejewellers.com.au, at the Dogs on Patrol Fun Day at Nambour PCYC on Sunday 29th July and at the Fun Run Walk on Sunday 22nd September.

To register your team, you can go to www.bbla.com.au/funrun. Registration will also be available on the day from 6.30am, with the run/walk to start from 8am.

Mrs Blanck said this year there would also be fun activities for children and food stalls to celebrate the event at Parklakes 2 Park so everyone can enjoy their leisurely walk or run and then settle in for a great day of fun.

Registrations fees are: Families $20, Individuals $15 and Students $5, Corporate teams – 5-10 people $50, 11-20 people $100, over 20 people $200. To register, go to www.bbla.com.au/funrun and www.sunstatejewellers.com.au for information on the raffle. All proceeds of the event will help White Ribbon and help victims of family and domestic violence and refuge homes.

For more event information also check Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page – @BliBliNeighbourhoodWatch and the Bli Bli Unite Fun Run/Walk event page. This event has been made possible through the support of Parklakes 2, Whites Supa IGA Bli Bli, Ray White Real Estate Bli Bli, State Member for Ninderrry Dan Purdie.  Halcyon Lakeside, Bli Bli Pharmacy, Bli Bli Family Medical Centre, Bli Bli Post Office, First Class Accounts/Buderim, Eudomia Group, Reflected Image PRoductions. & Villa Blanck Quilts.

The Dock Mooloolaba and local musos join together to support mates

The Dock Mooloolaba and local musicians are joining together launching “Musos for Mates” to raise funds for mates in need and local charities.

The Dock Mooloolaba’s Jared Hart said he and musician John Veloso said they had both been thinking about doing some fundraising for local causes, so they decided to join forces.

“We love being part of the Sunshine Coast community but there are people who need just a little bit of help, so we wanted to do something,” Jared said.

John Veloso said he had been talking to other musos for a while about doing something for charity, then Jared and I put our heads together and it just crew from there.

“It just took off – in just a couple of days we had more than a full line up of musicians and Jared had got support from a couple of breweries and it just grew from there,” John, who was a youth worker before he started playing music professionally, said.

“The first event will be raising money for our friend Cheryl, a wife and mum to four beautiful kids, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time last year. Cheryl has undergone radiation and chemo to stabilise the tumour growth but is now unable to work,” John said.

“The first ‘Musos for Mates’ event will be on Tuesday 10th September, and the aim is to have five different events, each raising money for different local causes each year,” Jared said.

The line up for the first event includes: Smooth Vibes Duo, Cory Carlyon, Stuart White, Adam Leatherbarrow, Bec Findlay, The Letter Elle, Reverend Billy, Jacob Raymond, Joe Man Murphy, Sam Bannink, Bay Window, Toby Goldsmith, Ollie Murk, John Veloso, Tapestry Sounds, Nyssa Ray, Craig Madden, Banned FTC, Euphoria Under Fire and the Eddie Duarte Band.

There will be two kegs of beer for sale during the event, from Stone & Wood and Australian Beer Co Ale House, and all proceeds as well as donations. We will also have a raffle for a great Tanglewood Guitar, courtesy of Moloolaba Music for just $5 a ticket.  Proceeds from beer sales, raffle and donations will be given to Cheryl.

“We look forward to seeing everyone here for what we think will be a great night,” Jared and John said.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: Tuesday 10th September

TIME:   5pm to midnight

VENUE: The Dock Mooloolaba, @ The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

The Wharf Mooloolaba & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast 30th Birthday Celebrations attract huge crowd!

More than 6,000 people visited The Wharf Mooloolaba precinct over the weekend to celebrate the 30th Birthday of these two Sunshine Coast icons.

People enjoyed free attractions including incredible Aerial Silks Acrobatic Displays from Just Acrobatics, river cruises, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking as well as a jumping castle, super slide, reptile display and facepainting.

The weekend also included a live broadcast by SEA FM’s Heidi and Jason and there was also a kids go free offer at SEA LIFE that saw thousands visit the attraction.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said they were delighted to see so many locals and visitors come out to enjoy the entertainment.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to renovate the precinct and everyone has really embraced everything the precinct has to offer so we wanted to thank everyone for this support.

“We are now looking forward to continuing renovation works including work on the Hogs Breath building, our iconic tower as well as the official openning of our food alley later in the year.”

Buderim Foundation’s Community Grants Celebration growing our community

The Buderim Foundation is set to host its biggest ever Community Grants Celebration next month, with a record of more than $80,000 to be awarded to local community groups, to help grow the community.

On Saturday 14th September, the popular philanthropy group will announce the 2019 grant winners, the recipients of which are all community-based organisations providing services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

This year, the Buderim Foundation will award $82,467 to be shared by 19 community-based organisations, which provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

Buderim Foundation Grant Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the event is the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar and continues to grow each year.

“This year that is particularly important because our theme is Growing our Community. To celebrate this, we will have a special opportunity for those attending to plant their own seed so they can take it home to water and nurture it and be rewarded when their plant grows.

“This is much like the concept for the Buderim Foundation where donations and bequests are received – money in, then carefully invested – money managed, with the income from the investments then distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community – money out,” Rebecca said.

This year will be the 12th year grants have been distributed, with 158 grants worth more than $540,000 awarded to almost 100 community organisations supporting the 4556postcode area since 2008.

“Buderim is such a beautiful community to live in; everybody is so friendly and engaging so it’s great to have more growth in our investment funds which equal more grants and more smiles!” Rebecca said.

Starting at 2pm, in the garden between the Buderim Memorial Hall and Craft Cottage, the Community Grants Celebration is a family-friendly afternoon featuring complimentary refreshments and the chance to learn more about the Buderim Foundation; its fundraising activities and the perpetual fund from which the grants are created.

“Everyone is welcome to participate in the event, which will feature a free sausage sizzle, scones and seed planting,” Rebecca said.

“On behalf of the Buderim Foundation, I welcome you all to celebrate the 20 community organisations that were successful in securing funds through our Buderim community Foundation and join us to celebrate our exceptional Buderim community,” she said.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit the new website – www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE:             Saturday 15th September 2018

TIME:              2pm to 4pm

VENUE:          In the garden between the Buderim Memorial Hall and Craft Cottage

BYO:               Chairs or rugs

Massive celebrations for The Wharf Mooloolaba & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast massive 30th Birthday!

Mooloolaba and Sunshine Coast icons The Wharf Mooloolaba and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast are celebrating their 30th Birthday with a massive weekend-long party this weekend.

Kicking off today with two cakes – one for humans and another very special one for SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s seals, the weekend is a family-focused festivity that celebrates the past of the precinct, while also looking to the future.

The Wharf Mooloolaba has been undergoing a resurgence in popularity over the past three years as it has been renovated, making it the place to meet, eat, shop and explore, attracting over 500,000 locals and visitors a year.

“But we’re not done yet and we have lots more exciting plans in place,” The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said today.

The Wharf Mooloolaba & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast massive 30th Birthday to feature loads of free fun!

There will be loads of free family fun at the massive combined 30th Birthday for The Wharf Mooloolaba and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.

The huge weekend will include plenty of free activities as well as kids go free deals at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast *conditions apply.

The free activities include a giant super slide, face painting, jumping castle, reptile display as well as free stand up paddle boarding and kayaking at Sunreef Mooloolaba, free river cruises with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba as well as aerial skills acrobat displays from Just Acrobatics.

There will also be live music and other performances as well as a very special fireworks display at 7pm on Saturday night. See the Facebook event on @thewharfmooloolaba & @sealifesunshinecoast pages for times and details.

Get your registrations in for September’s Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk

Registrations for the third annual Bli Bli Unite Fun Run on Sunday 22nd September are now open, and organisers are encouraging families, school groups and local companies to get involved.

The event, organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch and Bli Bli Little Athletics, attracts hundreds of participants and raises funds for White Ribbon, which works to prevent domestic violence and support victims.

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck said last year’s event attracted over 300 participants raised more than $10,000 for White Ribbon, and another $7800 for victims of Family and Domestic Violence, Lilly House and Sonshine Sanctuary refuge homes.

“This year we are opening registrations earlier and would love to attract over 300 people to participate in what is a fantastic fun event, and also raise money for this important cause,” Mrs Blanck said.

“The course is a picturesque 4km around the central lake at Parklakes 2 and is a great walk or run – and this year we are putting out a special challenge to local businesses to join families and school students.

“We’re challenging them to register, come enjoy the day and raise funds for White Ribbon and to help victims & families here in Bli Bli and on the Sunshine Coast.”

“There is also a great raffle for a gorgeous one-of-a-kind diamond ring donated by Sunstate Jewellers, which will be drawn on the day.

“Sunstate Jewellers have been supporting us for years and this year they have outdone themselves designing this spectacular ring.

The ring valued at $12,500 is made from 18ct white gold ring handset with 101 brilliant-cut natural diamonds with a total diamond weight of 2.50ct and has been independently valued at $12,500.

Sunshine Coast White Ribbon chair and Sunshine Coast Police District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson congratulated the Bli Bli Neighborhood Watch team on their endeavours to play a role in stopping domestic violence from occurring within the Sunshine Coast.

“Violence occurs right across the community and violence within the home is one issue, which is my greatest concern. Domestic and family violence has a significant impact on all involved, whether it be the victim, the family, friends, colleagues and the offender themselves – there is no winner, Superintendent Johnson said.

“We have over 3000 domestic violence orders in place in this area – that is to many.  We need to work together as a community to MAKE IT STOP.

“We all have a responsibility – when you see violence of any type, we need to ensure we are playing our part to ensure that the attitude, culture and behaviour of our perpetrators are being changed.  This is not a challenge we will arrest our way out of – changing behaviours starts in the home.

“Let’s make sure we are role models to our children and ensure they know what is right and what is inappropriate.  Violence of any kind is wrong and as a community, we can ensure we are making a difference,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“So whether it be at home, at school, on the sporting field, having a drink with friends or at work, you have the opportunity to correct the behaviour and language of those around you.”

Raffle tickets are available online from www.sunstatejewellers.com.au, at the Dogs on Patrol Fun Day at Nambour PCYC on Sunday 29th July and at the Fun Run Walk on Sunday 22nd September.

To register your team, you can go to www.bbla.com.au/funrun. Registration will also be available on the day from 6.30am, with the run/walk to start from 8am.

Mrs Blanck said this year there would also be fun activities for children and food stalls to celebrate the event at Parklakes 2 Park.

“So everyone can enjoy their leisurely walk or run and then settle in for a great day of fun,” Mrs Blanck said.

Registrations fees are: Corporate teams $50, Families $20, Individuals $15 and Students $5.

To register, go to www.bbla.com.au/funrun and www.sunstatejewellers.com.au for information on the raffle. All proceeds of the event will help White Ribbon and help victims of family and domestic violence and refuge homes.

For more event information also check Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page – @BliBliNeighbourhoodWatch and the Bli Bli Unite Fun Run/Walk event page. This event has been made possible through the support of Parklakes 2, Whites Supa IGA Bli Bli, Ray White Real Estate Bli Bli, State Member for Ninderrry Dan Purdie.  Halcyon Lakeside, Bli Bli Pharmacy, Bli Bli Family Medical Centre, Bli Bli Post Office, First Class Accounts/Buderim, Eudomia Group, Reflected Image PRoductions. & Villa Blanck Quilts.

Deadline nears for 2019 Buderim Foundation grant applications

There is less than two weeks to complete and submit grant applications for the 2019 Buderim Foundation grants round, with grants of up to, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications close on Sunday, 21st July. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2019 annual community grants celebration on Saturday afternoon, September 14th.

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