In 2016/17 much of our fundraising efforts centred around the Clipsal 1000 Challenge which raised $425,000 collectively for the Burns Trust and Variety SA - The Children's Charity. We also held our inaugural Melbourne Cup Luncheon and once again raised funds through our annual "Burn to the Bay" campaign as well as raising funds through partner fundraising initiatives. As always we are grateful for the support of all our community and corporate partners, enabling us to make a greater difference in reducing the incidence and impact of burn injury in the community.
This year we held a number of fundraising events. Over 150 people attended our sell-out Melbourne Cup Luncheon in November 2016 and raised funds to support our work in the burns community.
150 participants in the 2016 "Burn to the Bay" also helped to raise $12,500 and engage our partners including Clarke Energy, NAB, Alexander Symonds, Clipsal by Schneider Electric, Voiteck, QBE, KeyInvest and AGL.
Community & Partner Fundraising
Ashley Ralph, General Manager - Program Partners for Clipsal by Schneider Electric completed the Clipsal 1000 Challenge in March, running 1000km in 10 days to raise an incredible $425,000 collectively for the Burns Trust and Variety SA - The Children's Charity. The equivalent of running 2.5 marathons a day, Ashley and the Burns Trust and Variety teams rallied support from high profile business and people along the way, including 2016 Brownlow medallist, Patrick Dangerfield, finishing down the straight of the Clipsal 500 track on Friday 3rd March. We were privileged to be a part of this incredible collaborative journey and to be a charity beneficiary. These funds will go a long way to support kids in need.
We once again teamed up with Gas Works and Bosch for the sixth year running to raise funds through their $30 Winter Hot Water cash back scheme where $30 from every Bosch Highflow hot water system sold at the Gas Works stores is donated to the Burns Trust. Since 2010, Bosch together with Gas Works has donated over $95,000 to the Burns Trust and at the same time helped raise awareness about the incidence of scald burns in the home.
The NAB continued to support the Rebound Burns Survivor Fund which relies on the fundraising efforts of the NAB retail branches in SA & NT. We are working with the Women's and Children's Hospital in SA to determine how best these funds can support paediatric burn survivors.