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Corporate Giving

Corporate Giving Committee

The team at Northern Territory Airports are regular and enthusiastic supporters of individuals, charities and not-for-profit groups in the Territory.

The Corporate Giving Committee (CGC), comprised of volunteer staff members from our three airports, was setup to distribute funds dedicated to supporting the disadvantaged in our community. These funds are provided to the Committee by Northern Territory Airports and topped up through fundraising initiatives.

One of the most prominent fundraisers is the Annual Darwin Airport Charity Golf Day, which is held every year in August. Airport staff and stakeholders dress up in costumes, enjoy a fun day of golf and raise money for great causes.


Applying for Funds

The committee offers grants of up to $2,500 in support of projects that benefit our community. We welcome applications from groups and individuals working in a variety of areas:

  • Youth
  • Health
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Sport
  • Disadvantaged

We assess applications on a monthly basis using our sponsorship criteria.

  1. Local: the sponsorship must benefit Territorians, preferably in the Top End.
  2. Tangible: our sponsorship must be used for a specific item, project or event.
  3. Not reliant on our continuing support: in order to ensure the CGC is able to support a wide range of community projects, we ask that beneficiaries demonstrate that their work is able to continue without ongoing donations.

If you wish to apply for funds through the Corporate Giving Committee, download the application form and return to corporategivingcommittee@ntairports.com.au


Corporate Giving in Action

Below are some of the Committee’s recent beneficiaries.

RSPCA Pet Enrichment Area

RSPCA Pet Enrichment Area
DIA donated funds to the RSPCA to help upgrade their Pet Enrichment Area. The funds were used towards the installation of new and upgraded fencing and new shade cloth.

Staff and volunteers will now be able to conduct one on one sessions involving training and exercise for the animals in their care.

CGC members attended the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony and as soon as the gates opened the furry friends in attendance ran around the whole area in absolute joy!

9 year old age group champion relay team Casuarina Storm Swimming Club

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club
The funds donated by DIA allowed the youth swimmers from Casuarina Storm Swimming club to travel to South Australia for the State Age Championships.

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club has now been awarded with the following titles:
2014 NT Open and Age Champion
9 & Under McDonalds Champion Swimming Club

9 year old age group champion relay team pictured.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts2

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
Young performers from Corrugated Iron were sent to the Catapult Youth Circus Festival in Bathurst with assistance from DIA.

This workshop enabled them to try new skills, demonstrate leadership skills and teach their peers some of their own developed techniques. They particularly enjoyed being able to rub shoulders with circus royalty CIRCA!

When the group got back to Darwin they appeared at the Seabreeze Festival where they ran workshops and performed throughout the day.

Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory Inc

Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory Inc (DSANT)
DIA supported the implementation of Project 21 – a new approach to education, work and social skills development for young people who have Down Syndrome.

The funds provided helped to support Social 21, an integral part of Project 21. Social 21 allows students gather in the evenings to hang out together, develop relationships, learn about growing with a disability, cook snacks, play music and enjoy computer activities.

DIA helped to furnish the kitchen with quality white goods and technology based items.

Darwin Airport donation to Alan Walker Care Centre

NT Radiation Oncology
(part of the Alan Walker Care Centre)

Up until 2009, residents of the Top End who required treatment for Cancer were required to travel interstate to receive treatment. In January 2010, Northern Territory Radiation Oncology (NTRO), part of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, officially opened to provide the people of the “Top End” with access to professional, high quality cancer treatment without the need to travel interstate.

To assist the centre in transporting patients to and from the Centre, the Corporate Giving Committee, with assistance from Darwin Mitsubishi, arranged for the donation of a vehicle. Darwin Mitsubishi also kindly committed to free servicing of the vehicle for the duration of its service with the Centre.

For more information visit NT Radiation Oncology

Knockabout Chefs catering Tracks' event, Eight to Eighty

Knockabout Chefs 
received $2,000 towards the catering for the Tracks Dance Company’s event, Eight to Eighty.

The ‘Knockabout Chefs Dare to Dream’ project, run out of St Vincent de Paul’s kitchen in Coconut Grove in collaboration with Charles Darwin University, delivers flexible kitchen training and mentoring support to around 30 long-term unemployed and homeless people.

The aim of the project is to provide meaningful employment opportunities to homeless and at risk people in order to assist them to break the cycle.

Ankitha Hakeem

Ankitha Hakeem
received $1,000 to attend the National Science Summer School for the London International Youth Science Forum. She was one of ten students from Australia and the only NT student selected.

Wongabilla Equestrian Centre
The Wongabilla Equestrian Centre (WEC) based in Darwin provides a number of youth programs to a variety of community organizations. WEC is part of the Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) and relies heavily on sponsorship and fundraising to provide equestrian activities to under-privileged children.

During 2010, the Corporate Giving Committee provided the Centre with a new horse float to transport the horses around Darwin.


Charity Golf Day

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.

On Friday 18th August 2017, DIA hosted it's 11th Annual Charity Golf Day in support of Helping People Achieve (HPA), a local organsiation providing opportunity, independence and accommodation to Territorians with disabilities since 1963.

A great day of fun and fundraising was had by everyone involved.  With the generous support of our sponsors, teams and volunteers together we raised $40,000  to assist HPA to expand its community support through the redevelopment and expansion of a portion of their Yarrawonga premises to create a Day Program facility.  This will involve the installation of a fully automated mobility access door to facilitate easy entry and exit, structural modifications to the internal floor plan and the supply and installation of appropriate furniture and facilities.  The Day Program will provide activities, support and developmental training.

Thank you to our 2017 Platinum Sponsors

 

Thank you to our 2017 Major Sponsors


 

Past Recipients

2016 Recipient: Variety NT - The Children's Charity

In 2016, 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.

The 2016 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!

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.

2015 Recipient: CareFlight 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.