Helping the CREATE Foundation
Going to a new foster home is a daunting experience for kids in State care. The CREATE Foundation and AMP Capital Shopping Centres (that’s us) are working together to make the transition a little bit easier.
We have supported the CREATE Foundation since 2006. The national not-for-profit organisation plays a vital role in improving the lives of children and young people in foster care, residential or kinship care.
These children have entered care through no fault of their own, due to neglect or abuse. Right now, there are 32,000 children in care across Australia – and the number grows by more than 3,300 children each year.
Children in care are some of Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, and are more likely to end up with drug and alcohol problems, drop out of school, or end up in trouble with the juvenile justice system.
The CREATE Foundation offers hope to these kids, providing intervention and support programs to give them a better chance.
How we can all help
AMP Capital Shopping Centres provide funding and support in a number of ways.
For example, during October our Mt Ommaney Centre in Queensland, ran the “2 for $5” campaign to collect goodies to go into kits that children will be given before they enter a new foster home.
Things that these kids might not have already – a cuddly teddy bear, a journal, and some essential toiletries – are being generously donated by the local community to provide some creature comforts and a sense of ownership on their difficult journey.
We have also recently run a Christmas card design competition, which gave local primary school children the opportunity to raise money for their schools and the CREATE Foundation.
One lucky student from each school will have their artwork printed on a customised Christmas card for their school, courtesy of our Centre. Each winning student will also receive $50 in Centre Gift Vouchers.
Cards will be sold to parents, teachers and friends for $2 each, with schools receiving $1.50 from the sale of each card and the remaining 50 cents donated to the CREATE foundation…a fantastic outcome!
These are just some of the ways we actively support the CREATE Foundation.
Do your bit for CREATE
Find out more information on what you can do for CREATE at www.create.org.au
Donate to CREATE today
Help CREATE provide better lives for Australia’s kids in care. Donate today at www.create.org.au.