Short Story firmly believes in lending a helping hand to those who need our love, friendship and support. There are a number of charities that we have previously or are continuously working with to encourage and empower those facing a difficult time. The major charities that we support include:
Challenge - Supporting Kids with Cancer (Cancer Council for Kids)
Challenge is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on providing support for children and their families whose lives have been touched with cancer, or a life-threatening blood disorder. Challenge offers programs and services that aim to make life more bearable as they deal with fighting their illness, from the time of diagnosis and throughout their treatment and recovery period. Once the medical needs have been addressed, Challenge’s fundamental concern is the wellbeing of the entire family and helping them integrate back into their everyday lives as smoothly as possible.
Precious Wings (formerly Project Butterfly) is a Not-For-Profit organisation started by two bereaved Mums, Kirstie and Kerry, in memory of their two beautiful boys Lachlan and Toby. This organisation reaches out to families who are faced with the devastating loss of their child and provides comfort, understanding and gives them something beautiful and memorable to hold onto when they leave the hospital with empty arms. One of the primary objectives that Precious Wings strives for is to offer support and advice as well as to empower families to create their own memory boxes in memory of their baby or child to help them through the healing process.
Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation was established in the mid 1980s as the charity arm of RBWH. Budgetary constraints have heavily affected government funding for public hospitals such as RBWH placing further pressure as the demand for hospital services is continuously increasing in an ageing population. RBWH Foundation’s primary purpose is to raise funds that will equip their doctors, nurses, researchers and allied health professionals with the resources, skills and knowledge to provide optimal outcomes for their patients which may not otherwise be afforded to them due to lack of funding.
Friends with Dignity
Founded in 2015 by Manuela Whitford, Friends with Dignity is a not-for-profit community organisation assists people directly affected by domestic violence regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. This organisation works in partnership with a network of refuges and community services to provide critical and practical aid for individuals who are displayed due to domestic violence.
Project Gen Z
Project Gen Z was founded by Liz Atkinson-Volpe and is a social enterprise with a focus on long-term education and entrepreneurship. Their purpose of this organisation is to connect successful entrepreneurs from across the world with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and transfer their skills and knowledge onto the next generation. Project Gen Z has embarked on a mission to educate, inspire & motivate 1 million disadvantaged youths across the world by 2030. They have launched a Dare to Dream workshop series where they aim inspire and educate 400 children and give them a head start in life and the opportunity to dream a little bigger.
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
Cure Brain Cancer is the peak organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia, with a time-critical mission to increase five-year survival from the current 20% to 50% by 2023. Focussing strongly on patients, this organisation forges global collaborations and funds innovative research. Additionally, they are continuously working to bring world-class clinical trials to Australia in order to offer children and adults with brain cancer access to new treatments efficiently.
Smaller Charities we support: (one off donations or small donations a few times)
Pymble Ladies College - Pymble Ladies' College is an independent, non-selective, day and boarding school for girls, located in Pymble, NSW.
Pets of the Homeless - Pets of the Homeless is an organisation that focuses solely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.
Purrs of Point Cook - Purrs of Point Cook Inc. is a not-for-profit rescue group that takes in stray, unwanted and unloved cats and kittens and find them loving homes where they will be nurtured and cared for.
Awakenings Retreat and Wellness -
Awakenings Retreat and Wellness is an organisation that aims to support people and promotes some inspiration, nurturing and healing of the mind, body and soul. The site offers helpful resources and articles from counselors as well as affordable, high quality retreats. Before Awakenings Retreats was born, there was a realisation that while there were many retreats out there, most were unaffordable to the average person. Awakening Retreat and Wellness retreats are for people who are in need of healing, uplifting and nurturing in a beautiful and relaxing environment.
Essence of Hope
Essence of Hope was an initiative that was prompted by the death of a close friend in 2011, who lost the battle against leukaemia. The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with the leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Essence of Hope was established to encourage a range of initiatives to partake in generating more awareness and making a difference to this cause. The primary aim of this initiative is to raise much needed funds to support the work and empowerment that the Leukaemia Foundation provides to patients and carers through an event held annually.