How we're making a difference
25 March 2021
Earlier this month, Golden Casket marked its 30th year supporting Brisbane’s Mater Foundation with a $500,000 donation.
The money will fund two research projects giving newborns the best start in life. One project is a world-leading exploration between sulphate deficiency and intellectual disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, in pre-term babies, while the other aims to reduce stillbirths in Australia by 30 per cent.
About 2,000 babies are born still each year – around six a day; a figure which hasn’t changed in more than three decades.
Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth director Professor Vicki Flenady said government grants were limited and difficult to access making donations such as ours all the more vital.
“That’s what our program is all about - reducing the number of stillborn babies but also making sure parents who suffer this tragedy receive the best possible care they can,” she said.
On a similar note, as part of Tabcorp’s donation to last year’s bushfire appeal, we gave $225,000 to GIVIT. The charity recently provided a report highlighting the incredible impact the donation made to help support households and communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfire and COVID-19.
Bushfire-related projects include the installation of massive water tanks on still burnt-out properties in East Gippsland in Victoria so residents could have clean water to drink and bathe, and fitting out of 100 “living pods” in south-east NSW with bedding, utensils and furniture for those needing temporary accommodation.
GIVIT initiatives helping those struggling with the effects of COVID-19 included distributing “digital donations” of phones, laptops and tablets so people could continue to work, study and stay connected during lockdown, and providing more than 80,000 stranded international students with groceries and sending welfare packs of toiletries, books and food to homesick seafarers stranded on vessels.
“It’s fantastic to see the impact of Tabcorp’s donation in assisting people and communities affected by the horrific bushfires of last summer as well as the pandemic,” Corporate Responsibility Manager Melissa Clarkson said.
“We’re proud to continue our history of supporting the Australian community, particularly in time of hardship.”