$25,000 has been donated to support the Aboriginal Basketball Academy (ABA). The Academy acts as a pathway for Aboriginal Year 10-12 students to develop themselves to participate in a high level basketball program where the emphasis is on attendance, participation, education, personal development, teamwork, leadership and community. All students are mentored to complete schooling at this level and given pathways to higher education and employment. The program is run at St. Clair (Woodville) with students from schools across the metropolitan area attending every Thursday. Information pertaining to the mission and goals of the ABA can be found at https://aboriginalbasketballacademy.com.au/
$13,500 has been donated to Street Link Youth Health Service. This is the only program that we could identify running in the State that directly assists youth with drug/alcohol dependency issues as well as providing a full health/mental health service for at risk/homeless youth. More information about Streetlink and its services can be found at Uniting Communities – Street Link
On Sunday the 9th of June SYP Fitness at Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula held a fitness charity sports day. Upwards of 150 people attended the event that involved competitions between Police, Country Fire Service, Military and the Ambulance Service. Auctions on the day raised $2362 and the police were the winning team earning them 40% of the auction takings. The police team decided to donate their winnings to us to the amount of $1000. What a great effort and an outstanding initiative from SYP Fitness. Not only have we received a donation but the other emergency services received the remaining 60% between them.
We’d like to thank every competitor who took part in the June long weekend charity event and shout out special thanks to Tyler Watts of Stansbury Police and Alichia Cranwell – owner of SYP Fitness, you guys rock!
In December 2018 CFK donated $25,000 to the Epilepsy Centre of SA and NT to purchase 25 seizure monitors for allocation to parents of children diagnosed with Epilepsy. To refresh your memory the monitors are attached to kids beds and detect the signs of seizures to alert parents while they are sleeping. The monitors have been proven to save lives.
We received some wonderful feedback from one of the parents who received a monitor as a result of our donation,
“I just want to say a massive thank you! We were recipients of a seizure mat from the epilepsy centre and informed that it was donated by cops for kids. Thank you so much! You have changed our life! I’m a single mum with a 15 month old who has just been diagnosed with epilepsy and has started having seizures in his sleep so now I can actually get some sleep without all the stress and worry so again thank you. You are all angels!”
Such nice words from a parent facing adversity, we don’t consider ourselves angels, that accolade belongs to all of our members who donate their money each fortnight to help kids in need. Well done team CFK!
On the weekend of April 6 and 7, CFK Chairman Drew Bynoe participated in “Canoe for Kids”, a fundraising initiative by staff of the Police Credit Union. The event was based at Roonka Scout Camp (7km’s up river from Blanchetown) with members paddling over 34km’s across the two days on the main river, creeks and hidden lagoons.
All monies raised (over $6,000 and counting) will be donated to Police Link at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be used for Christmas gifts. This is an outstanding initiative by the Police Credit Union. We are reliably informed Drew can now lift his arms above his shoulders again…….
Cops for Kids was recently presented with a plaque from the CFS Foundation as a thanks for the significant donation to purchase the Trauma Teddies. CFK member Sue Webb kindly posed for the attached photo holding the plaque. The CFS Foundation regularly posts on their Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/CFSFoundation/) stories about the Trauma Teddies and how they have been used.
$25,000 has been donated to The Women’s and Children’s Foundation in support of their Beach House Project. Our donated funds will be used to purchase white goods, furniture and appliances that will be used by the attending families and the nursing staff. This donation is similar to the donation made to Ronald McDonald House.
The Beach House (at Victor Harbor), has been a long term project that is nearing completion. Every family deserves good memories, especially those with a child facing a life-limiting illness.
In South Australia, there is no purpose-built accommodation for families of children with complex medical needs. The WCH Foundation Beach House is a major project aiming to provide respite accommodation for families caring around-the-clock for children requiring significant support due to a life-limiting illness. The Beach House will be a special place for children and their families to relax and create happy memories together. Sadly, for most families using the house, it may be the last time their families will be whole. A link to the project can be found on the WCH website
CFK has been a long term supporters of the WCH and the WCH Foundation. We have now donated $125,000 to the Foundation over the last twelve years.
$12,500 has been donated to the CFS Foundation to buy 500 Trauma Teddies. These Teddies are given to children at scenes of road accidents, fires, storm surges or any incident where there is a need. Did you know there are 484 CFS Brigades across the State? Every day, each one of these brigades may attend a trauma scene where a Teddy may be needed. We are really proud to donate to a fellow emergency service initiative serviced by volunteers. Information about the CFS Foundation and what they do can be found at https://cfsfoundation.org.au/
$25,000 has been donated to The Epilepsy Centre of SA and NT to purchase 25 seizure monitors. These monitors, imported from Finland at a cost of $1,000 each, are attached to a child’s bed to detect movements similar to seizures, sounding an alarm and alerting the family. This device allows parents to sleep in their own beds at night instead of on the floor or in the child’s bed to ensure a child’s safety. These monitors will be supplied free to families with a child with Epilepsy. These monitors have proven to save lives. Information about The Epilepsy Centre can be found at epilepsycentre.org.au