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 will help save lives.Take a look at our video for further info on the crash car and it's role in life-saving operations across the NT.If you're Interested in joining the CareFlight Top End giving community, contact Janine via our page or at janine.birch@careflight.org in our Darwin office.

Posted by CareFlight Top End on Thursday, September 17, 2015

 

About MediSim

CareFlight MediSim is a mobile medical training program that delivers free, simulation-based trauma care workshops to emergency services first responders in regional, rural and remote regions around Australia.

In remote areas of the Territory where health resources are stretched, often the first people to attend accidents will be volunteer members of the local emergency service organisation. Sometimes, these rescue volunteers can wait many hours until professional medical help arrives.

What the rescue volunteer does in the first five, 10 or 20 minutes can make the difference between a patient’s full recovery, a limited chance of recovery or even life and death. The MediSim workshops give rescue volunteers the skills to act decisively and enhance trauma patients’ long-term recovery significantly—and ultimately save lives.                  

Since it began in 2011, MediSim has conducted 110 trauma care workshops nationally for more than 1600 emergency service personnel, each without cost to the rescue crews serving their communities. It is a huge investment of time and effort, involving many educators who travelled thousands of kilometres to share their expertise and dedication to improving trauma care for those in country Australia. 

In 2015 CareFlight will conduct 12 workshops around the Northern Territory including Watarrka, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Timber Creek, Mataranka, Adelaide River, Batchelor, Jabiru and Darwin.

Due to the demand for the workshops, CareFlight Top End needs its own MediSim equipment, to avoid the costs and delays involved in transporting it from Sydney. A crucial piece needed is another car crash simulator and all funds raised at DIA’s Charity Golf Day will go towards its purchase.



 

2014 Recipient – Foodbank NT

This year Darwin International Airport's Charity Golf Day, now in its eighth year, raised $38,000 for Foodbank NT. The food relief organisation works with charities to provide food for those in need, including some of the 15,479 homeless across the Territory. Thanks to the staff, tenants, partners and suppliers who partnered with DIA, the money raised will go towards a permanent freezer for Foodbank’s warehouse, freeing it from expensive monthly rental fees and helping to grow its capacity to store items such as meat, a dietary staple that is out of reach for many.