Over the past four years 50-50 has raised funds for more than 40 great charities, some of these include: Starlight, Youngcare, AEIOU, Bravehearts, Cancer Council, Edmund Rice, Shake It Up, Childrens Hospital – Westmead, Rosies, White Ribbon, Lifeflight, McIntyre Centre, Yalari, Variety, Rize Up, Ronald McDonald House, Beyond Blue, Hear & Say, Sids & Kids, Cystic Fybrosis, Vinnies, Epilepsy, Asthma Foundation, JDRF, Future State Greats, Heart Kids, Mission Australia, Cancer Patients Foundation, Steggles Charity Nest, Power Community Ltd, men of League, Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation and RSPCA.
More details about some of these charities can be found below:
AEIOU Foundation is a not for profit organisation and one of Australia’s largest providers of early intervention programs for children with autism. Our education program, coupled with therapy support gives children with autism the foundation skills they need for school, employment and beyond – positively changing the course of their lives.
AEIOU experiences a $10,000 funding shortfall per child every year and relies on the generosity of corporate and community support to maintain the quality of service and ensure the program is affordable for families. By supporting AEIOU you too can help close the gap and make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of young Queenslanders.
Imagine supporting a cause that will change the course of a child’s life, knowing that your donation has given a child their voice. A chance to connect, to learn and to understand the world they live in.
Together we will continue to make a lasting difference.
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland
Established in 1975, Variety – the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to live, laugh and learn.
Variety Queensland is the Queensland branch of this renowned charity, providing assistance to individuals, families, schools and other children’s organisations across the state.
By supporting children and families through the provision of practical equipment, programs & experiences, such as wheelchairs, walking frames, communication devices, educational camps and excursions, modified buses and wheelchair friendly swings, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they may face and continue to live a happy and fulfilled life.
McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled is a not-for-profit organisation that provides therapeutic riding programs to 200 children and young adults with a disability each week.
Through our varied and hands-on therapy based riding programs, our aim is to give a greater quality of life to every child living with a disability who rides at our Centre; to create opportunities that enable each rider to reach their full potential through improving their physical, social and communication abilities; and to bring a smile to all of their faces on a daily basis.
Therapeutic riding is considered to be one of the more progressive means of delivering therapy for children with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Horse-riding activates the brain and body simultaneously and encourages the correct use of the muscles used for walking, thus developing core muscle strength, improved posture and co-ordination and helps stretch out tense muscles.
The horse is an amazing medium to inspire young children to apply themselves and reach new milestones, and with 28 horses at the Centre, 150+ willing and enthusiastic volunteers and 25 staff, miracles happen on a daily basis at the McIntyre Centre.
Our goal is to make this wonderful form of therapy available to as many children with a disability as possible. However we need your help to do this. With a further 200 children on a 5 year waiting list, we need to raise $3million in cash and the balance in in-kind support to redevelop our 1973 facility. Without your support we won’t be able to achieve our goal and give these children the quality of life they so deserve.
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
Cystic fibrosis is cutting lives in half as people with cystic fibrosis have a life expectancy of only 38.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic illness and people with cystic fibrosis have trouble breathing and getting nutrients from food.
We must raise over $1million a year to provide essential services such as counselling, free equipment hire, home physiotherapy, accommodation, advocacy, education programs and support for children during hospital stays.
SIDS and Kids Queensland
At SIDS and Kids Queensland it is our mission to make a difference to Queensland families by providing free bereavement support and grief counseling for any sudden and unexpected loss from pregnancy to early childhood, regardless of the cause.
We are a charity who provide free, qualified and experienced grief counseling across Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, etc) and a wide variety of bereavement services including support groups (facilitated by counsellors), after hours support line, bereavement therapeutic events and memorial services.
In addition to grief counselling, SIDS and Kids Queensland continually work to prevent and reduce loss through ongoing education, awareness and advocacy programs across Queensland. We also provide professional education programs, resources and training designed to assist emergency service workers, coronial works, funeral directors, child care workers and healthcare professionals such as doctors, midwives and nurses cope with and manage sudden and unexpected loss, perinatal, neonatal or post natal loss or SIDS in their environment.
Women’s Legal Service
Women’s Legal Service provides free legal and welfare help to Queensland women and children whose lives are affected by domestic violence. Domestic violence takes many forms and access to information and support is vital to the prevention of this community issue.
Each year almost 4,000 women receive free information from Women’s Legal Service to help them to safety. Demand for help continues to grow and Women’s Legal Service has experienced a 40% increase in demand, meaning we can only help 1 in10 women who seek our help. All proceeds raised from the raffle will help Women’s Legal Service to answer more calls from women who need our help.
Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland
Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMH SEQ) provides accommodation and support services for seriously ill children and their families who live more than 50km from the treating hospital in Brisbane. Our Ronald McDonald Houses help to preserve the family unit in the midst of physical, emotional and financial stress. It also gives parents the chance to draw hope and comfort from other families in similar situations, while being supported by dedicated and friendly staff and volunteers. We aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for all of our guests
RMH SEQ currently has two houses in Brisbane; one at Herston beside the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and one at South Brisbane near Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) and Mater Mothers Hospital. The organisation also has Family Rooms located inside the Gold Coast University Hospital and other services including 10 emergency overnight accommodation rooms in LCCH.
Edmund Rice Camps Brisbane
Edmund Rice Camps provides recreational camps programs for children, young people, and families experiencing disadvantage during school holidays. Young adults volunteer as ‘big buddies’ matched with a child for the week to be their mentor, positive role model, and best mate.
The children who attend Edmund Rice Camps are aged 6 – 16 years. They come to us through contact with Agency Groups within the community. Many come from families that may not be in a position to provide such experiences for their children, or are under pressure in some way. Referrals are taken from agencies, schools and the families themselves. Our agencies work in a variety of fields including disability support, mental health, community housing, family support, social work and education.
We aim to boost participants’ independence and resilience through an increased sense of self-worth, inner and outer confidence, and a much-needed break from often difficult circumstances.
Epilepsy Queensland is where people can find help, hope and support about epilepsy.
Two per cent of Queenslanders will experience epilepsy during their life time – 94,000 children and adults. Their families, friends, partners, team mates, and teachers will also feel the impact of epilepsy. Epilepsy may be diagnosed at any time, in anyone of any background, ability, or age, although first seizures often happen in childhood.
This complex condition has the potential to affect every area of life – learning, relationships, behaviour, recreation, employment, psychosocial adjustment, mental health, and independence.
We strive so that people who are diagnosed with epilepsy can reach their full potential, without the burden of stigma arising from ignorance and fear.
Our children’s program empowers and strengthens young people living with epilepsy. Individual capacity building strategies of information, skills development, peer support, mentoring, and having fun help children to navigate life with more confidence.
Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.
We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future, and we are deeply committed to the ongoing success of our national program of scholarships and post-school opportunities.
Through the gift of education, Yalari provides young Indigenous people with the ideas and skills to help them pursue their goals and dreams, whatever they may be.
To educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.
To provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make a valuable contribution as Australians.
Most Australians have some experience with anxiety and depression or related disorders, whether it is personal or via family, friends or work colleagues. beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.
beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, anxiety and related disorders and their carers, to bring together expertise and provide tools and resources.
St Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) is an international, voluntary, lay-Catholic organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing assistance to anyone in need.
Vinnies Queensland helps all people in need through a number of ways, giving them a hand up to make life changing decisions in their lives. We do this through the inspiring involvement of our 3,410 members, 5,643 volunteers and 348 staff. Communities across the state have relied on Vinnies Queensland for over 120 years and for more than 180 years globally. Vinnies Queensland is in every community, every day, tackling poverty and disadvantage head on, providing assistance to anyone who needs our help.
Continuing this good work is only made possible by the generosity and compassion of our supporters and dedicated partners like NRMA Brisbane Broncos, who along with our members and volunteers ensure our services and assistance to everyday Queenslanders remains possible.