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.


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.

Budding Youth Philanthropists to host Free Community Movie Night for Buderim Foundation

Twelve highly-motivated students from Sunshine Coast Grammar and Matthew Flinders Anglican College will host a Community Movie Night on Friday 2nd August on the Buderim Mountain State School oval.

The perfect prelude to the Buderim Street Party on Saturday 3rd August, the Movie Night will screen the Disney film Zootopia, in an event totally planned by the students as part of the Buderim Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy Program.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the movie night would have a great family-friendly atmosphere with live music and a BBQ sausage sizzle, popcorn as well as free face painting, with activities starting from 5pm.

“With the guidance of the Foundation’s Youth Committee, this energetic group are responsible for all aspects of the event including planning, promoting and running the event as well as acquitting the Sunshine Coast Council grant that is assisting to cover the costs of the event,” Mr Tamblyn said.

Dogs on Patrol Day at Nambour for everyone and their dog!

Everyone and their dog are invited to a free Dogs on Patrol Fun Day, promoting personal safety to dog walkers, at Nambour on Sunday 29th July.

Organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch, Sunshine Coast Police and Nambour PCYC the day will include demonstrations and displays by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers, RSPCA and Guide Dogs.

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck said the day would be full of fun for everyone, especially their dogs!

“We will have lots of competitions including Best Dressed Dog, Best Junior Handler, Handsomest Hound, Most Fabulous Family, Loveliest Lady and Most Gorgeous Golden Oldie,” Mrs Blanck said.

There will also be a free Dogs on Patrol dog leash for every dog that registerers either on the event Facebook page or at the registration desk on the day (one per dog), as well as great activities for the kids including a Jumping Castle (gold coin donation) and a free petting zoo, sponsored by Bli Bli Vet, which is celebrating 20th years in Bli Bli.

The Wharf Mooloolaba & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast to celebrate 30th Birthday with massive weekend party

Mooloolaba icons The Wharf Mooloolaba and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast are celebrating turning 30 in August with a huge weekend party with heaps of family fun.

Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said it has been a very big few years for the precinct, so they are looking forward to everyone coming together to relax and enjoy activities over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of August.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Regional General Manager Quinn Clarke said the celebration would be like the precinct’s Family Fun Days with the addition of plenty of special festivities to mark the momentous occasion.

“There will be heaps of great activities as well as a surprise or two!

“Free family activities will include face painting, reptile display, a huge jumping castle and super slide.

“We will also have discounted tickets to SEA LIFE and there will be opportunities to try water activities in the river with Sunreef Mooloolaba, free river cruises with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba and sailing with the Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

Ingenious strap preventing injuries in trucking industry

Transport workers are sparing themselves injuries, thanks to an ingenious and inexpensive device designed by occupational therapist, Tim Elvery together with experts from the trucking industry.

The Strong Arm Strap is designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and make it easier for truck drivers and transport workers, when opening and closing heavy tautliner truck curtains.

Grants of up to $10,000 available to local community organisations thanks to Buderim Foundation

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2019 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Monday 10th June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before 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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