Our government funding does not cover the extensive range of support we provide to grieving families when a child dies, so we are heavily reliant on the generosity of community members to help us continue our valuable programs and services across Victoria.
Community fundraising, often done in memory of a son or daughter, brother or sister or grandchild is a special way to honour a loved one and has a lasting impact for The Compassionate Friends Victoria.
If you are interested in organising an activity to raise much-needed funds for TCFV, please contact us. We can provide a range of support and resources to help you achieve your target.
Take a look at some community fundraising done on TCFV’s behalf:
Karen’s daughter Bree died from an extremely rare genetic illness aged just 3 years old. 2019 marked the 20-year anniversary, so to acknowledge the impact of this milestone, Karen walked the 800km pilgrimage across Spain known as the Camino Trail.
Karen raised nearly $8,000 for The Compassionate Friends Victoria to say thank you for the care and understanding she received and to help continue to support the new families that tragically need the same when a child dies.
Read Karen’s journey on the Camino at Bag of Hearts.
Jog for Joey
Joseph Moschetti passed away in his sleep on July 30, 2016, age 18 years old. Sean Bell was deeply affected by the death of his mate and also of hearing how much people struggled to provide support to Joseph’s family, often avoiding them completely.
With the support of Joseph’s parents, Sean completed 50 marathons in 50 days and a 24hr run to raise funds and awareness for The Compassionate Friends Victoria to help educate the community on the support needed by grieving families.
Bunnings supports numerous charities by allowing them to run a BBQ at their store. We have a wonderful volunteer who helps to set up bookings at Bunnings locations across Victoria.
This is a great fundraising option, so if you think you would like to get involved at a Bunnings near you, please contact us for more information.
In Memory of Dani’s 30th Heavenly Birthday
Jenny Galati’s daughter Danielle died from a bleed to the brain, aged 16 years old.
To commemorate the milestone of what should have been Dani’s 30th birthday, Jenny organised an online fundraiser for The Compassionate Friends Victoria, raising nearly $2,000.
Find out more at Dani’s Heavenly Birthday.
Making Muscle for my Angel
Stephen De Luca’s daughter Valentina was found not breathing in her bed, aged just 3 years old.
In her memory, Stephen took up the physical challenge of competing at the Australian Natural Bodybuilding competition to raise funds and awareness for The Compassionate Friends.
Stephen successfully completed the challenge and raised $10,000 to go towards supporting bereaved families after a child dies.
Find out more about Stephen’s campaign here.
Making a Difference – Depression and Suicide Awareness
Sonya Weir tragically lost her brother Rick to Suicide.
To raise awareness about the impact of Depression and Suicide and much-needed funds for The Compassionate Friends Victoria, Sonya restored a Datsun Ute and did up a camper to take on a road trip from Melbourne to Port Douglas.
Sonya was able to talk to people in the community about Suicide and happily raised over $500 for The Compassionate Friends Victoria.
Find out more about Sonya’s campaign here.
Lifts of Loved Ones Lost
Ange Galati is sadly familiar with loss. In April 2005, he lost his niece Danielle and nine months later he lost his brother Valentino.
On the 10th Anniversary, he wanted to do something to honour both his beloved family members, so took on a weightlifting challenge. Money donated added weight to the bar, with Ange doing two lifts, one for Danielle and one for Val.
By doing this challenge, Ange raised over $700 for The Compassionate Friends Victoria.