Darwin Airport Charity Golf Day 2016
Supporting Variety - the Children's Charity NT
Thank you to our 2016 partners!
Each year Darwin International Airport (DIA) partners with our stakeholders for our annual Charity Golf Day, to raise funds for an important Top End cause. This year, we raised $40,000 for Variety NT – The Children’s Charity, to help fund much-needed modifications for buses used to transport disabled school children in two Top End communities.
This year's annual Charity Golf Day was exceptionally special. Not only was it the Golf Day's 10th birthday, this year also marks the 25th birthday of Variety NT. The day was a great success with our target of $40,000 being reached thanks to the generous contribution and donations of our stakeholders and guests, as well as a wonderful day had by all! To see some photos from the day, please click here.
About Variety NT - The Children's Charity
Variety the children’s charity Northern Territory works directly with individual families and organisations in our mission to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Funds are usually spent on goods and services through our three core programs - Freedom Program, Caring for Kids Program and Future Kids Program.
Variety NT has a wonderful Board of directors, enthusiastic committees and professional dedicated staff members in the head office, all of whom are instrumental in the success of Variety.
Variety is a nationwide and worldwide charity and first began in Australia in 1975. To date we have delivered more than $180million to help Australia’s sick, disadvantaged and special needs children.
How the Golf Day funds will be used
With your help, Variety NT will assist Sunshine Coaches by providing crucial modifications and upgrades to vehicles which service two Northern Territory communities. Making these modifications is very expensive and this money will greatly support the project.
Two schools are in serious need of modified coaches to help transport children. They are Palmerston Senior College and Shepherdson College.
Palmerston Senior College, Special Education Unit (SEU).
Palmerston Senior College has 50 children with varying degrees of intellectual and physical disabilities attending the SEU. The college has a number of innovative programs to support student development and to engage students to become more involved in the local community. These include a shopping program, work experience, community access, camps and excursions. The coach will be customised with a single wheelchair lift and bay internally. This bus will also be made available for use at Variety NT’s Goanna Park Adventure Camps held each year during the July school holidays.
Shepherdson College, Galawinku, Elcho Island.
This coach is an acute need for this community. They have a number of students who simply do not attend school because they cannot travel on the regular school bus.
A customised coach with wheelchair lift and two wheelchair bays, will enable children with illness and disabilities to actually attend the school’s Learning and Wellness Centre and be a part of the school community. Providing access for these students will enable visits back to country and encourage full and active school participation. The coach will also be utilised outside of school hours to ensure these children have access to social community events and gatherings. It will make a significant and very meaningful difference in the student’s lives. There are around 30 students who are known to need this assistance, but it is also acknowledged that some children with disabilities are ‘hidden’ in the community, and this coach may assist their transition back to school. Their conditions vary and include muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Machado Joseph’s Disease, cognitive impairment and profound deafness. Representatives from Variety NT have personally visited this community and met the children and their parents who need this support.
As these two projects require major financial support, the funds raised by the Charity Golf Day will be pooled with funds raised by both Variety NT and the schools that are actively trying to help fund this initiative. The time to dig deep for the community is now. Let’s help get these kids to school each day and provide an opportunity to learn, engage and prosper.
Thank you to our 2015 partners
Each year Darwin International Airport (DIA) partners with our stakeholders for our annual Charity Golf Day, to raise funds for an important Top End cause. This year, we raised $30,000 for CareFlight to purchase a new car crash simulator for its Darwin operations. The custom-built training equipment is used in CareFlight’s MediSim program, which provides free trauma care workshops to the Territory’s emergency services first responders. Together we have helped build CareFlight’s capacity to save lives and support emergency services workers in our remote regions.
NT's First Crash Car Simulator
NEW LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT NOW ONLINECareFlight Top End today became the proud new owners of the NT's first dedicated crash car simulator thanks to the mammoth fundraising efforts of the team at Darwin International AirportThank you from the bottom of our hearts to everybody involved and a special shout-out to platinum sponsor CSG, major sponsors ISS, JR/Duty Free and Delaware North and to all the hole and prize sponsors and players of whom there are too many to mention here. Full list available at - http://darwinairport.com.au/golf-day-sponsors Your support wi