October was an incredible month for fundraising and philanthropy here at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. We announced some huge news with Sony, had some exciting visitors and supported some wonderful athletic feats from some of our donors. Here’s what you may have missed:
- This month, Sony announced the wonderful news that their fifth YouCan youth cancer centre will be opened here at Lifehouse. It will be the first centre for 15 – 25 year olds to provide accommodation for regional cancer patients and their families at no cost to them. The Wharf4Ward event raised a phenomenal $1,520,000 for the centre. A Current Affair spoke to young patients Tilly and Andy about how such a space will positively impact young cancer sufferers, and the proud celebrity ambassadors who helped to raise the much needed funds.
- To help raise awareness and funds for YouCan, the Sydney Sixers recently wore jerseys honouring young cancer patients in their game against the Brisbane Heat. Before the game, three players visited Lifehouse and made the days of Carmen and Cooper, two YouCan patients and cricket fans.
- We’ve been following the incredible fundraising efforts of sibling duo Ben and Lauren Taylor for a few months now. They rowed the majority of their epic 470km journey in October, and explained to various radio shows and the Newcastle Herald why they choose to donate to Lifehouse. So far, they’ve raised well over target at $26,000, with a fundraising night still to come. Congratulations Ben and Lauren!
– Triple M Newcastle
– ABC Mornings
– ABC Upper Hunter
- STILY (Sorry Thanks I Love You), a retail space with a difference, was featured in Broadsheet Sydney this month. They hold a weekly pay-by-donation yoga class that raises funds for psychologist and counselling services here at Lifehouse, and spoke about the personal connection that spurs their fundraising and commitment to support non-for-profit organisations.
- This year’s Bowral Classic raised over $100,000 for various partner charities, bringing the overall total raised since it’s inception in 2016 to over $300,000. Congratulations to the thousands of riders in this years race!