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:
We assess applications on a monthly basis using our sponsorship criteria.
- Local: the sponsorship must benefit Territorians, preferably in the Top End.
- Tangible: our sponsorship must be used for a specific item, project or event.
- 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.
Corporate Giving in Action
Below are some of the Committee’s recent beneficiaries.
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!
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 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 (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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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! View photos from the day on our Facebook page.
- 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.
Charity Golf Day Raffle
2016 Charity Golf Day Sponsors & Prizes - thank you to our generous sponsors for donating the prizes for our raffle!
- First Prize
First prize of two return airfares to Chiang Mai, Thailand proudly donated by SilkAir.
Beautiful Chiang Mai (referred to as "the rose of the north") is situated in Northern Thailand, 700km north of the capital city of Bangkok. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, yet only has a population of around 200,000.
Attractions to experience when you visit Chiang Mai include things like tiger kingdom, day zoo, night zoo safari, limestone caves, tree top zipping, abseiling, para-gliding, golf, bicycle/motor-cycle/dune-buggy riding, cooking schools, dragon boat river rides, day/night markets, night bazaars, bars and clubs, orchid & butterfly farms, snake farms, national parks, royal palace, museums, hot springs, silk and silver-smith factories, handicraft villages, folk dance dinners, trekking, Thai Massages, plus lots more.
- Second Prize
Two Return Airfares, Darwin to Alice Springs, courtesy Virgin Australia valued at $1,800.
- Third Prize
12 month Catalina Lounge membership, courtesy Darwin International Airport valued at $880.
- Fourth Prize
Travel Voucher, courtesy Tigerair valued at $500.
- Raffle Terms & Conditions
- Raffle is conducted on behalf of Variety NT as a Supporter Event in accordance with the Gaming Control (Community Gaming) Regulations and Guidelines from within the NT Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling
- Variety NT is an Approved Association
- Tickets will be on sale from the 1st of August until the 12th of August at a cost of $5.00 each
- No more than 1000 tickets will be sold
- The raffle will be drawn on Friday the 12th of August at 5:30pm at the Darwin Golf Club, Marrara
- If not present at the draw, winners will be notified by phone
- Prize Terms & Conditions
1st Prize: Two return airfares to Chiang Mai, Thailand, courtesy SilkAir, valued at $3,148
The conditions of the prize are as follows:
- The return tickets are from Darwin, Northern Territory.
- SilkAir prize tickets are non-transferable, non-reroutable, non-refundable in cash, non FFP mileage accruable and subject to seat availability.
- This prize winner letter is valid for immediate travel to 31 March 2017. Travel must be completed by 31 March 2017 and no extension of tickets will be allowed. Blackout dates for travel between 01 December 2016 to 20 January 2017.
- Travel under this agreement does not include visa costs, excess baggage charges, and insurance, and government & airport taxes.
- All travel arrangements including booking and confirmations are subject to availability and will be undertaken by SilkAir Darwin.
- The company’s conditions of carriage as recited on its tickets, apply.
- Full Retail Value: $3148
2nd Prize: Two return airfares, Darwin to Alice Springs courtesy Virgin Australia
All vouchers and unused credit are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash and bookings are subject to prevailing terms and conditions available on virginaustralia.com
Full Retail Value: $1800
Read the full terms and conditions.
3rd Prize: 12 month Catalina Lounge membership courtesy Darwin International Airport
- Lounge membership is transferable upon receipt only
- Membership is valid from date of issue for a 12 month period
- Membership allows entry for one adult only per visit and includes member benefits
- Members are subject to conditions of entry. Please refer to darwinairport.com.au for more information
- Full Retail Value: $880
4th Prize: Travel voucher courtesy Tigerair valued at $500
- Voucher must be redeemed by 30th June 2017, 23:59hrs (+10GMT)
- Voucher can be used on any available scheduled flight displayed in the system and is subject to seat availability.
- Voucher is valid for redemption on one single transaction only.
- All vouchers and unused credit are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash
- Bookings are subject to prevailing terms and conditions available on tigerair.com.au
- Voucher Value: $500
- 2016 Golf Day Sponsors
Players and Supporters