yourtown is predominantly funded by the community. Our supporters give young people choices, support and someone to listen.
Without the support of our Art Union ticket buyers, generous organisations and individual donors, advocates and those who have left us bequests and memorial gifts, many of our services would not exist.
A true win-win for those in need
yourtown Art Unions create brighter futures for young people and 15 lucky winners each year. Our Art Unions are the main source of funding for yourtown services delivered at community and national levels. We are one of the largest and longest running charitable Art Unions in Australia.
This year’s Prize Home Value: $18.973M
We continue to offer our supporters 10 chances per year to win a high-end luxury property in coveted locations across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
This year’s Prestige Car Prize Value: $1.225M
We run five prestige car Art Unions a year that include a mix of prestige cars, luxury travel and gold bullion.
The success of our charitable Art Unions continues to grow with last year’s Christmas Prize home, styled by Channel Nine ‘The Block’ Judge Darren Palmer, achieving record sales.
What a Christmas!
Judy’s Christmas in 2015 was extra special when she won the Christmas Prize Home on Queensland’s Gold Coast. As Judy is a Gold Coast local, our very own CEO Tracy Adams knocked on her door just moments after the draw with the amazing news. The result was truly life changing.
Judy had lived in Housing Commission homes her whole life with most of her furniture from curb side collections. She had just sold her couch to pay her power bill.
She now resides in a stunning beachfront apartment stacked with state of the art features and styled by ‘The Block’ Judge Darren Palmer.
“I didn’t think anything like this would happen in my life. It’s just amazing. I’ve never owned a home ever. What a beautiful Christmas present!”
We are enormously grateful for the generous and collaborative relationships we enjoy with our supporters who continued to engage with us throughout the year.
Every young person has the right to a brighter future. Thanks to you, last year alone, we responded to over 200,000 contacts to our helplines and more than 40,000 face-to-face clients.
We can’t do any of this without your help.
Many of our supporters made regular donations with their Art Union ticket purchases; supported us through workplace giving; donated to our appeals; or invested in the future of our services through substantial gifts – including corporate partnerships, major gifts and bequests.
We are always looking for partnerships with organisations and individuals who share our values and want to support our work.
Our Organisational Strategic Framework has a renewed focus on yourtown’s vision to transform young lives and strengthen communities, as well as a fresh vision and portfolio strategy in the marketing and fundraising team. We look forward to driving new long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships and growing our supporter base.
Thank you for your support. By partnering with yourtown, you help create positive and immeasurable differences in the lives of young people throughout Australia.
A special gift
We'd like to acknowledge a very special gift received this year that will create a brighter future for thousands of young people, thanks to the incredible generosity of a special yourtown supporter.
John gave thousands of young people a chance of a brighter future when he gifted property and funds to yourtown that has enabled us to plan building a spectacular prize home in a fantastic location. John was a very special person who had experienced many hardships in his younger life and wanted to empower young people doing it tough.
“He was concerned for those who struggled in life, especially young people. His wish for them was that they be given the opportunity to find their place and live safe happy lives.”
Many people don’t realise that yourtown buys properties that become our luxury prize homes. We do not usually have property donated, but this time we have. John’s gift will mean many thousands of young people who yourtown helps each year can be supported by funds generated from the Art Union.
Optus and Kids Helpline
Optus and Kids Helpline have one of the longest and strongest corporate and community partnerships in Australia. Our latest joint initiative is Kids Helpline @ School (KAS). Launched in 2013, it aims to help primary school students develop resilience and digital citizenship skills, like being safe online.
yourtown Senior Researcher Brian Collyer was also honoured to be named a finalist in the Optus Future Makers Award Grant program for his work on a new wellbeing App for young people. The program is open to non-profits, social enterprises and entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas using digital innovation to help vulnerable youth. Part of Brian’s involvement has been his participation in an intensive accelerator program with access to industry experts, networking and mentoring.
FGX – Investing in youth at risk
The Future Generations Investment Company Limited (FGX ) was the first publicly listed investment company in Australia that was geared to create wealth for shareholders whilst also changing the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable.
We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Geoff Wilson, Louise Walsh and those who have generously agreed to make this venture possible. Geoff and the supporters of the FGX believe they have a responsibility and a desire to utilise their resources to help children in Australia that are at risk and are less fortunate.
Kids Helpline received funds and support to develop cutting edge campaigns to ensure all children and young people across Australia are aware of the service and know they are not alone. We created a KHL branded radio station with Pandora Internet Radio that’s especially for teens to create awareness about the service.
Margaret Pemberton Foundation
Our thanks go to the Margaret Pemberton Foundation for their generous support of our Expressive Therapy program over the last three years.
Their funding support enabled us to set up this unique program adjunct to our Queensland Young Parents program and our Family and Domestic Violence Refuge. Hundreds of children and parents worked through trauma and other issues with help provided by the program.
NRL – State of Mind Campaign
Kids Helpline has been an official partner of the NRL State of Mind Campaign for the past three years.
The aim of the program, now and into the future, is to use the Game's reach, profile, clubs and players to reduce stigma around mental illness; stimulate help seeking behaviours by educating and informing our community with appropriate resources and literature; connect Rugby League communities with our expert partners; and develop elite players to be leaders in mental health advocacy within their clubs and communities.
The NRL works with our marketing and strategy and research teams, to provide resources, support and evaluation of the NRL State of Mind Campaign and its program.
MAX ‘Stars for Christmas’ donation
MAX Employment presented a $25,000 donation to Kids Helpline in celebration of their 2015 Christmas campaign; ‘15,000 Stars for Christmas’, where they placed 15,939 people in jobs in three months.
MAX Employment Managing Director Deborah Homewood said MAX was honoured to support the charity, saying her visit to the Kids Helpline call centre was a moving experience.
Acknowledging Simson Greeting Cards
Simson Greeting Cards is one of Australia’s leading designers and distributors of greeting cards, stationery and paper products.
John Simson and his family have supported Kids Helpline for over ten years with proceeds from cards sold at Christmas time. We acknowledge and thank John and his company for their long-term support of Kids Helpline, having raised over $245,000 for the service.
Celebrate the West
We were proud to continue to receive the support of the annual Celebrate the West event raising funds for yourtown’s San Miguel Family Centre in New South Wales.
Our thanks go to event patrons Bryan Brown AM, John Brown AO, Bishop Kevin Manning DD and Phillip Gould AM, and the fundraising committee led by Sid Kelly. Funds from this year’s event will go towards renovating ‘Jack’s Place’, a community centre at San Miguel named after long term Centre supporter Jack Gibson OAM.
Workplace Giving is a great way for organisations to engage their employees to give, allowing individuals to donate from their pre-tax salary.
We are grateful to those who gave to yourtown and Kids Helpline for your continued investment in the futures of disadvantaged children and young people in Australian.
- Bendigo Bank
- Brookfield Multiplex
- Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Credit Suisse
- Department of Foreign Affairs
- Goldman Sachs
- JB Were
- Minter Ellison
- Mirvac Projects
- Origin Energy
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- Quick Super
- Steven Hallis
- Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Water Corp
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Veolia Transport
We would also like to thank the following organisations for their donations or in-kind support:
- Anglicare SA
- Broad Spectrum NSW
- Brookfield Multiplex
- Charity Greeting Cards
- C3 Church
- DBM Consulting
- Helen O’Grady Academy
- Kennards Self Storage
- Mission Australia and Family and Community Services
- Media Circus
- Riverfire Jody Barlow One Hub Optus Business
- The Wyatt Trust
We thank the Federal, State and Local Governments for their financial and other support.
- Department of Employment
- Department of Health
- Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner (Australian Communications and Media Authority)
- Department of Social Services
- Department of Health
- Department of Children and Families
- Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Department of Education and Training
- Department of Housing and Public Works
- Department of Justice and Attorney-General
- Logan City Council Ipswich City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Queensland Community Foundation
- Redlands city Council
- Smart Service
- City of Playford Council
- Department for Education and Child Development
- Port Pirie Regional Council
- Department of Local Government and Communities
- Department of Employment