For more than 50 years, Guide Dogs Queensland has been providing life changing services to people of all ages who are blind or vision impaired. It does so largely through community support and its own fundraising efforts. The charity receives no Government funding for its Guide Dogs which are provided free of charge to people in need. Every Guide Dog costs $30,000 to breed, train and place and demand for their services is increasing. It is estimated an Australian loses part or all of their sight every 65 minutes. Presently there are more than 30 Queenslanders either waiting to receive their first Guide Dog or needing to retire an ageing one. Funds raised through the Bruce Lynton Charity Ball will help GDQ to train and place our life-changing animals into the hands of people who are blind or vision impaired.

In 2009 we went public about our son Max’s battle with autism. It’s something that we considered very deeply but felt by telling our story we may be able to assist families with similar challenges. After the initial publicity we were so overwhelmed by the messages of support and assistance that we formed our charity, 4 ASD Kids. Our dream is to be able to change the lives of families with children battling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by assisting them to access the early intervention treatment that we believe is critical to giving these kids the best chance at leading a normal life and reaching their full potential.

Since starting the charity 4 ASD Kids and with the assistance of a dedicated legion of supporters we have staged a series of fundraising events and activities that have provided us with the funds which are not only assisting families with ASD kids in need but go toward projects such as special education refurbishments in our local community and much needed resources in this area.

Caring for ASD Kids,

The Gold Coast Community Fund is an incorporated body that was established in early 2000 by some of the city’s leading business figures.

The Fund seeks to raise money through regular art unions and donations, creating a central pool of money for distribution to charities, community organisations and individuals in emergency need.

The Gold Coast Community Fund offers a more systematic approach to fundraising and the perfect fundraising solution for not-for-profit organisations large and small.

The Gold Coast Community Fund (GCCF) aims to relieve financial hardship which is determined on a case by case assessment of a beneficiary’s or charities genuine financial need.

Relief of financial hardship may include assistance for people who are suffering from the effects of homelessness, sickness or from a disability, where, in each case, there is also financial need.

Sickness comes within this category because sickness is often related to poverty or the inability for an individual to pay for treatment.

Financial assistance is only provided to those who reside within the Statistical Area only of the Gold Coast as determined by Queensland Concordance – SA4 to SA2 (ASGS 2011) as provided by QLD Government Statisticians.

The GCCF offers assistance only if directed and agreed to by its committee and decisions can be made on individual cases as required that may not fit the entire criteria.

Assistance may be offered more than one time but only after a reassessment and approval of its committee.


Men of Business is the brainchild of a select group of influential business owners on the Gold Coast who recognised that there are more than 500 teenage boys who fall through the cracks of the system each year on the Gold Coast alone.

82% of them have tried drugs.
66% live with one parent or guardian.
11% don’t know who their parents are.

Most programs designed to help have rigid criteria and inflexible hours. The MOB joined forces with SCISCO Career Pathways to pay something back, by ‘paying it forward’ to the next generation. The fundamentals of a balanced life have been synergised into a highly energetic and interactive mentoring program based on healthy lifestyles and attitudes that define the participant’s journey toward manhood.

In an intensive 8 week program, the young men learn the value of:

Anger Management
Friends and Family
Inner Strength and Emotion
Goal Setting

Dedicated individuals deliver personal training, one on one mentoring and life coaching, with goals and outcomes derived on a case by case basis. The program is designed to fit around education hours and also assists with job placement. The MOB’s goal is to grow this vital program across the Gold Coast region. Like all programs of this type however, it receives only a small percentage of its running costs from Government, and therefore needs your support.

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Being young is about having a lifetime ahead of you, but every day catastrophic things happen that can change life in an instant. A debilitating accident or a diagnosis can leave any person regardless of age in need of 24-hour care.

But, the reality is that right now, there are 7,000 young Australians living in aged care and a further 700,000 being cared for at home, often with limited support – simply because there are few other options available.

Youngcare works to raise critical awareness and funds for this national issue to create real choice in care and accommodation for young Australians with high care needs, helping young people avoid new admissions and to exit aged care right now.

Through grants programs, accommodation and research, Youngcare aims to develop viable and replicable models of age-appropriate accommodation and care to solve the problem once and for all, giving young people with high care needs the choice in care and accommodation they deserve.

Youngcare believes that a future where no young Aussie has to call aged care “home” is feasible in our lifetime.

No one wants to experience life with paralysis.

Yet every day in Australia at least one person has their life changed forever in this devastating way. Day to day tasks and mobility become an extraordinary challenge.

Perry Cross is one such person whose life was unforeseeably and profoundly changed in an instant. His approach to his paralysis has been inspirational. And as Perry’s health journey continues, so does his conviction to lead a united and multi-faceted model for bringing together people with the knowledge, skills and passion required to find a cure for paralysis.

The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation aims to facilitate, collaborate and initiate the connections and research required to find a cure for paralysis.