Building on Sidney Myer’s great passion for philanthropy

The Myer Stores Community Fund is committed to building on Myer’s tradition of philanthropic support to the community since 1924 and continues this great tradition of caring. The Fund is dedicated to supporting innovative projects for children and youth which enrich their life experiences and allow for the daily comforts and security normally afforded to most families and projects which support Women’s Health.

Each year the Myer Stores Community Fund works with over 80 Charities.

In each year, every Myer store nominates a local charity and the store team members raise funds for their nominated organisation and specific project relating to Children and Youth or Women’s Health issues.

At a National level funds are raised through the sale of specific Icon Products and special events. Icon Products include the Spirit of Christmas CD. National Fund Raising Events such as the Precious Metal Ball raise funds for a specific fund or cause.

In September 2008, the Myer Stores Community Fund announced a four-year partnership with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal (ONJCWC). We are proud to announce we raised over 1.3million, with world-leading research of all types of cancer and the best patient care, the Centre's wellness therapy programs will help provide much-needed patient and family support on the cancer journey - for the body, mind and spirit.

The Myer Stores Community Fund is delighted to announce a one-year partnership with Redkite to raise much-needed funds for their Cancer Journey Program. The Board of the Myer Stores Community Fund has nominated Redkite as the beneficiary of the Precious Metal Ball in 2013, with proceeds from the annual gala event going to the program, which supports children and young people with cancer and their families with essential support from hospital to home. Jenni Seton, Chief Executive Officer of Redkite, said Redkite and the families they assist are delighted the Myer Stores Community Fund is so generously supporting the charity through this partnership.“Myer Stores Community Fund’s donation of $250,000 in 2013 from the Precious Metal Ball will help us reach approximately 100 additional families with vital financial, emotional and education assistance throughout their cancer experience.

“The Myer Stores Community Fund shares Redkite’s commitment to providing essential support to children and young people with cancer and their families. Together we will ensure we can reach even more families with practical support through the entire cancer journey from the hospital bedside to the family home" said Ms Seton. Redkite’s purpose is to help give children and young people with cancer every chance of survival and quality of life. Vital financial, emotional and education assistance is provided to families from the devastating moment of diagnosis, through the long and arduous treatment period, and on return home. Redkite is the only national cancer charity supporting families of children with cancer, up to the age of 24, with professional support through the entire experience.

John Hawker, Chairman of the Myer Stores Community Fund said he was delighted to announce the fund partnership with Redkite.

“We look forward to working with Redkite over the coming year to raise much needed funds for their Cancer Journey Program and offer much needed support for children and young people and their families living with cancer" Mr Hawker said.

The Myer Stores Community Fund is committed to building on Myer’s tradition of philanthropic support to the community since 1924 and continues this great tradition of caring. The Fund is dedicated to supporting ‘innovative projects for children and youth which enrich their life experiences and allow for the daily comforts and security normally afforded to most families’.

The major fundraising event Myer host each year is the Precious Metal Ball and since 2004 over $4.37 million has been raised from this event.

 

Myer Stores Community Fund partnership with the SMILE Foundation

The Myer Stores Community Fund is delighted to announce a $250,000 partnership over the next two and a half years with the SMILE Foundation to help improve the lives of children with rare diseases.

The funds will be used to sponsor a full-time Case Manager to assist the children and families supported by the charity. The SMILE Foundation Board of Directors appointed Evie Smith to the position of full-time Case Manager. Evie has excellent credentials having already held the position of Director of Community Relations at SMILE and coordinated its Family Relief Program.

Dr. Jonny Taitz, Chair of the SMILE Foundation, said SMILE and the families they assist are delighted the Myer Stores Community Fund is so generously supporting the charity through this partnership. “The Myer Stores Community Fund’s donation of $250,000 over two and half years will help many families with children who have rare diseases and who rely on the SMILE Foundation for vital financial, emotional and educational assistance.

 “The Myer Stores Community Fund shares SMILE’s commitment to providing essential support to children and young people with rare diseases. Together we will ensure we can reach even more families with practical support through the entire journey from the hospital bedside to the family home" said Dr Taitz.

SMILE provides financial assistance to families of affected children as well as supporting research relating to rare childhood medical conditions. Through its Family Relief Program the SMILE Foundation has, to date, given over 700 grants to Australian families with children affected by a rare disease.

John Hawker, Chairman of the Myer Stores Community Fund said he was delighted to announce the partnership with the SMILE Foundation.

“We look forward to working with the SMILE Foundation over the coming two and half years by supporting the new Case Manager position. Evie Smith’s appointment as Case  Manager will offer vital support for children and their families living with rare diseases" said Mr Hawker.

The Myer Stores Community Fund is committed to building on Myer’s tradition of philanthropic support to the community since 1924 and continues this great tradition of caring. The Fund is dedicated to supporting ‘innovative projects for children and youth which enrich their life experiences and allow for the daily comforts and security normally afforded to most families’.