Big W’s support and dedication for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation was on display as they celebrated reaching the million dollar…
On Thursday 1 September we celebrated the achievements of our 2015/2016 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (ELiP) and welcomed our 2017 team to the program.
Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy is an initiative that aims to stimulate collaborations between individuals and corporates, as well as other not-for-profit organisations, in order to achieve amazing outcomes for the broader community in which we all operate.
Our inaugural 2015/2016 teams kick-started the program and blew us out of the water with their motivation, creativity and passion for making a difference. Program mentors Michael McNulty, Fiona Harris and Sharon Warburton led the business community of Western Australian in celebrating their success.
Over the past year Team Whiston, who were supporting Aboriginal Child Health, secured an incredible $360,000 from several donors, including Goldfields Australia Foundation and Roy Hill Community Foundation.
Funds will support an innovative 3D facial imaging project the clinicians at PMH and Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) are undertaking in remote and regional communities to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal kids.
Our second inaugural team, Team Tearne launched their mass public art campaign that will be held in 2017 to raise awareness and valuable funds for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
The Big Splash WA, as the campaign will be known, will see a huge pod of wildly colourful dolphin sculptures painted by local artists swimming into town as a part of a mass public art sculpture trail.
At the same time a schools program will be implemented to actively engage young people in clinically approved mental health education.
Businesses, community groups, charities, education establishments, local councils and individuals are invited to partner with the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy on this journey as they aim to change some frightening statistics.
Did you know?
- There has been a 400% increase in the number of teenagers presenting to Princess Margaret Hospital after attempting suicide or serious self-harm in the last 5 years.
- That 1 in 5 of our children and teenagers are affected by mental health illnesses
- and only half of those impacted are currently receiving treatment.
As our EliP team mentor, Michael McNulty puts it;
The Big Splash has the potential to change the story around mental health for our children and teenagers and that is something we should all be very excited about.
But, this potential can only be achieved if, and only if, the Perth business community engage and get behind this project.
If you would like to find out more about how you can support The Big Splash, please contact Deirdre.
We also welcomed a new group of ELiPs who over the next year will work together to support the Total Care Burns Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital.
The evening was finished off with a thank you from Ambassadors Jack and Jenna, both PMH patients who aspire to be future emerging leaders themselves, and a wonderful, heartfelt performance from local duo Aviida who sang a beautiful rendition of Hero and Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the event possible, including our lovely Foundation volunteers who gave up their time to serve food. Thanks to the team from Comestibles who donated all the food and beverage for the evening and also volunteered all their time. Also, thanks to City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club for hosting our event and to ELiP coach Margo Halbert for stepping in last minute to be our delightful host and MC.
You can find out more about the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program here.