Goodstart champions local communities
Our Goodstart centres are a part of their local communities, enriching lives and focussing where it matters.
As the end of 2021 draws closer, we’ve been reflecting on our achievements and couldn’t be more proud of the support lent to local communities we are a part of.
This year the wider Goodstart community got behind a number causes both nationally and locally.
National initiative to support NSW communities
Goodstart and its suppliers, donated much-needed essential items to thousands of children and families impacted by COVID-19 in western Sydney and western NSW communities. Read more
Giving@Goodstart raises much-needed funds for the Early Learning Fund
More than 3,000 Goodstarters are part of our workplace giving program, Giving@Goodstart and through their generosity they raised more than $170,000 for the Early Learning Fund over the past 12 months! This level of support has created the opportunity for more children to access fee-relief for two days of early learning each week that would not have been available to them without regular donors to the Early Learning Fund. Read more about the work of the Early Learning Fund here
Supporting children in foster care
To support children in foster care more than 80 Goodstart centres supported the 2020
National Pyjama Day, with children and educators donning their favourite pyjamas and raising much needed awareness and $6,330 for children in foster care.
Wearing white for child protection
Thirty-eight Goodstart centres became a sea of white in solidarity to ‘break the silence’ and put a spotlight on the prevention of child sexual assault and exploitation for Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day during Child Protection Week in September 2020.
Championing our First Nations’ children
Our Northern Territory centres rallied to support the First Nations charity ‘Children’s Ground’ by hosting a fundraising barbeque for ‘Wear it Yellow Day’ in June 2021. More than $1,500 was raised by our Northern Territory centres together with other Goodstart centres.
Community project – inspiring a love of reading
To inspire a passion for reading, the team at Goodstart West Pymble involved their local community in their love of learning by erecting a street library. Due to COVID-19 and funding, they thought outside the box and received in-kind support from their local Bunnings with the donation of materials and their local Hornsby Woodworking Men’s Shed who designed and built the library. The collaborative street library now hosts a range of books for community members to borrow.
Across the nation there were a number of other local community fundraising initiatives including:
- Goodstart Warnbro ‘Warriors’ join forces – starting on weekend walks that amounted to The Dream Run where they raised more than $3,000 for The Smith Family to help Australian children achieve their dreams through education.
- Goodstart Kellyville Sydney hit the pavement for a good cause – raising $4,500 for the Coastrek fundraiser walk for Beyond Blue Mental Health and Wellbeing.
- More than $1,500 was raised by Goodstart Ormeau-Vaughan Drive by participating in the Colour Fun Run in aid of Scrub Up September for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation to help sick children in hospital.
- Over November and December, the community spirit of Goodstart Blackmans Bay, Hobart, was truly alive – running a donation drive that accumulated into many suitcases and large boxes of valuable resources for Jireh House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
- In Melbourne’s western suburbs, the team at Goodstart Derrimut went above and beyond to show their support for a cause close to their hearts. After a family member of the team was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the team developed the “United, We Fight It” initiative to support cancer research and those suffering from cancer. The team raised more than $2,500 which was split between three charities: The National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Movember Foundation and the CanTeen foundation.