Buderim Foundation 2020 Grant recipents

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

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2021 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

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2020 Grant recipients celebrate, with COVID safe social distancing. Photo by Ross Eason

Applications open on Monday 7th June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before 11thJuly. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2021 annual community grants celebration on Sunday 12th September.

This year grants can be used for projects, or organisational operational costs, that directly benefit residents within the 4556 postcode area.

The Buderim Foundations Grant application program attracted a lot of interest last year, and $85,022 in grants was awarded to 20 local organisations, taking the total amount distributed over 13 years to almost $629,000.

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$5 million Thompson Trust entrusted to the Buderim Foundation

The Buderim Foundation, together with philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson, are pleased to announce that the Buderim Foundation has become the Trustee for the Roy and Nola Thompson Charitable Trust, which will support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund will provide grants to support those experiencing financial distress in the Sunshine Coast community.  Organisations and groups that provide services for those unable to achieve a modest standard of living, due to challenges of homelessness or domestic violence, are invited to assess their eligibility for the 2021 grants program from 1st May 2021.

Buderim Foundation Chair Dr Russell Stitz said the Buderim Foundation already has a community investment fund of more than $2 million which is used to support the people who live in the 4556 postcode area.  Grants are also provided to not-for-profit organisations outside this postcode area, provided there is a benefit to those who live in this local community.  Since its inception in 2004, grants to the value of almost $637,000 have been distributed to 83 local community groups.

Sunny Street nurse Sonia Goodwin, White's IGA's Roz White, Sunny Street Dr Nova Evans with The Hatted Chef Chris Sell, outside The Dock Mooloolaba, where the product was developed during the COVID shutdown

New Chef-prepared Heat & Eat meals hit White’s IGA fridges

THE HATTED CHEF- chef-prepared, heat & eat meals are now on sale at all White’s IGA stores, offering great time-saving delicious meals as well as creating local jobs, and feeding the homeless.

The idea for the new venture had been brewing in the kitchens at The Dock Mooloolaba since very early in the year when Chris Sell joined as executive chef, but it took on new importance during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“Even chefs want something delicious and nutritious when they come home at the end of a busy day, without having the hassle of preparation so it’s always something you think about.

“Then when the restaurant was closed for dining in because of COVID-19, we wanted to create options for our customers beyond just takeaway and also provide work for our staff,” Chris said.

Buderim Foundation 2020 Grant recipents

Buderim Foundation biggest ever Community Grants Celebration

The Buderim Foundation is today awarding a record amount of $85,022 to be shared by 20 community-based organisations, as part of its biggest-ever Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide a record level of grants to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area, especially in this very challenging year.

Buderim Foundation 2020 Grant recipients celebrate, with COVID safe social distancing. Photo by Ross Eason

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment fund, so it is thanks to everyone’s donations and the hard work of our Investment Committee, that we are able to deliver the much-needed funding,” Rebecca said.

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Students launch philanthropy projects as part of Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project

The fourth annual Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project was launched on Friday 28th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the Project offers a mentoring program to introduce the concept of philanthropy to young people in our region.

“We want to demonstrate the value that philanthropy has and inspire young people to adopt it throughout their lives,” Mr Tamblyn said.

The Dock Mooloolaba's Jared Hart, IFYS Foster Care Jana o'Shea and musician John Veloso-crop

The Dock Mooloolaba and local musos raise more than $4000 for IFYS Foster Care

Just four months after forming, Musos 4 Mates @ The Dock Mooloolaba has held their second fundraising event raising $4,128.50 for IFYS Foster Care, bringing the total raised for locals in need to more than $6,700.

The brainchild of The Dock Mooloolaba owner Jared Hart and musician and friend John Veloso, the concept of Musos 4 Mates is simple – musicians coming together to donate their time, with The Dock Mooloolaba providing the venue and local breweries and businesses donating kegs of beer to be sold and prizes to be raffled.

TWM Wharf centre manager Beinta Osborn, young entreprenuer Sam Pilgrim and Rural Aid Donor Relations manager Jason Castle-crop

Young entrepreneur raises $3,000 for Rural Aid with arcade games at The Wharf Mooloolaba

A 15-year-old entrepreneur has raised more than $3000 for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale program, after installing and managing arcade games at The Wharf Mooloolaba.

Sam Pilgrim started the business venture about 18 months ago, after convincing his father Philip to help him buy a second-hand machine so he could ‘tinker’ and repair it.

BF Colours of a Buderim Summer fashion boutique owners Nikki Miller from Segwick's and Suzanne Mailey from Gingers

Colours of a Buderim Summer fashion parade to raise funds for Buderim Foundation

Buderim fashion boutiques Gingers, Soul Diva and Sedgwick’s are joining forces with the Buderim Foundation to hold the “Colours of a Buderim Summer” fashion parade to raise money for the Foundation.

Gingers Boutique owner Suzanne Mailey said the parade would feature a palette of bright colours, feminine florals as well as gorgeous fabrics like linens and silks.

Sedgwick’s owner Nikki Miller said the fashion parade was the opportunity to get inspiration for the season ahead.

“Summer will see us herald a new decade so why not get inspiration with the great fresh, upbeat and versatile colours of summer. With colours ranging from violet tones to mellow yellows, this season is going to be a season of fruity fun and elegant shades.

Colours of a Buderim Summer will be held at Connections on Kings, Buderim Uniting Church on Saturday 2nd November starting at 2pm.

Bli Bli Unite Fun Run raises more than $20,000 for domestic violence education and victim support

Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk raised more than $20,000 for domestic violence education and victim support

The third annual Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk this year was a huge success breaking records both in terms of the number of participants and the funds raised for domestic violence education and victim support.

The event on Sunday 22nd September, organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch and Bli Bli Little Athletics, attracted 411 participants and raised an enormous $20,606.19.

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck will present the funds raised to White Ribbon Sunshine Coast and Sonshine Domestic Violence Refuges on Monday 30th at 1.30pm at the Bli Bli Boardrooms.

Mrs Blanck said $10,000 would be provided to White Ribbon Sunshine Coast, $1,000 each to Sonshine Refuge and Lily House with a further $4,000 worth of IGA food vouchers to be provided to domestic violence victims through the refuges. As part of Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch’s Youth in Community Program, $2500 would be provided to Bli Bli Little Athletics with $2,000 to be used by BBNW directly for its programs.

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Lunch En Blanc Returns To Buderim

The third annual Lunch En Blanc is coming up on Sunday 13th October, with the promise of another afternoon of fine food and entertainment inspired by the global phenomenon.

The Spring Lunch En Blanc, to be held on the deck Bloomhill Cancer Help, amid its beautiful gardens, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends, and to raise funds that go to supporting the Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

Inspired by the original Parisian chic picnic, Lunch En Blanc is now a worldwide event in which people dressed in white gather in a public space and set up a temporary, chic dining area to share food and comradery.

Locally, it is a chance to dress (fearlessly!) in all white and assemble your own bountiful picnic basket to share with others amid a splendid setting of long white tables.

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