The Fortnum Foundation raises money for children in need in Australia and Uganda to promote their well-being and provide education and protection.
Stratus Financial Group Principal Practice Director, Brett Cribb, said he was delighted to see Neil Younger, Fortnum Group CEO, present cheques on behalf of the Fortnum Foundation to four deserving children’s charities.
“The team at Stratus Financial Group are personally involved in raising funds for children in need and we genuinely appreciate being able to make a difference. The team have raised donations, as well as helped at fund raising bar-be-ques and coordinated book and suitcase collections for children in need. We look forward to helping build bears for Mummy’s Wish next month,” said Mr Cribb.
The Stratus team, together with other Brisbane Fortnum practices, and members from the Fortnum Foundation held a morning tea to present the cheques and learn more about each charity’s work.
“It’s an honour for the Stratus team to meet with representatives from our chosen charities to hear about how the funds will be used to improve conditions for children and promote their education, health and general wellbeing,” he said.
Stratus Financial Group is an inaugural member of the Fortnum Foundation 1000 Club and Brett is a member of the Advisory Board of the Fortnum Foundation.
This year’s combined fundraising activities will support:
Zephyr Education provides school necessities – clothing, shoes, books and stationery – for children whose families are living in domestic violence shelters, where they often arrive with only the clothes on their back. At a very stressful time in their young lives, they can attend and fit in at school thanks to Zephyr.
Aunties + Uncles Queensland connects mentors with vulnerable and socially isolated children aged 2 to 12 years.
Children are linked one-on-one with a mentor (Auntie/Uncle) who offers time, attention, care, stability, guidance and exposure to new experiences to empower the child to reach their potential and establish their future.
Operating in Brisbane and Gold Coast, the program links people like Sam and his Uncle, Glen. Sam enjoys surf school, fishing, hiking and building a bike while Glen loves re-experiencing life through a child’s eyes. The charity currently has 40 children linked with a mentor, having established 610 links since 1992. Steve Nicholas and his family have been actively involved with the charity as mentors and fundraising over the past 15 years.
African Hearts, established in 2001, is a grassroots charity helping the growing numbers of children and youth living on the streets of Kampala. Forced to live on the street by the death of parents, family abandonment, violence or hardship at home, children are exposed to exploitation, abuse and extreme poverty. Ainsley Winten (whose husband Toby is a Brisbane-based Fortnum authorised representative) spends periods in Uganda working full-time as an unpaid volunteer.
Every day around Australia, 13 families have their lives turned upside down when mum is diagnosed with cancer.
Mummy’s Wish support and empower mums throughout Australia by providing personalised, practical and non-means tested support to those who are diagnosed with cancer, regardless of cancer type, while their children are young (aged 12 years and under). Mummy’s Wish has supported over 3000 families since 2007.
Brett, Steve and James would like to personally thank all the Stratus advisers, friends and families who have actively participated in our fund-raising activities.
If you would like to know more about any of the charities we support or would like to make a donation, please contact Brett, Steve or James at Stratus Financial Group (07 3007 2007), or visit the Fortnum Foundation website.
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