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What we Support

Our 5 Pillars are:

  1. Children & Young People
  2. Aboriginal Culture & Heritage
  3. Environment
  4. Aged, respite & Palliative Care
  5. Cancer Care

Children and Young People

This sector of our community was identified during the feasibility study as an area of need in the Southern Highlands and in response the Foundation established its youth philanthropy committee in 2004. M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Youth Philanthropy committee liases with all youth groups in the Southern Highlands, works with all senior and high schools to foster Youth Philanthropy by encouraging young people to get involved. Future fundraising and grants will also benefit the Childrens Ward at Bowral Hospital by granting money for essential equipment.

Aboriginal Culture and Heritage

The Southern Highlands is home to approximately 500 Aboriginal people and the late Ted Kennedy left his estate in trust to promote local aboriginal culture and heritage. The Trust makes small grants every year, and also holds an annual monster Garage Sale where all monies raised benefits the trust. There is an active and vibrant aboriginal community in the Southern Highlands.


Analysis of a survey conducted in 1997 by Wingecarribee Shire Council to measure community cultural values found that our natural environment is the single most highly regarded cultural resource in the Southern Highlands. Accordingly the Foundation is dedicated to preserving our local natural heritage by supporting initiatives that protect green infrastructure and water quality and promote recycling, energy conservation and renewable energy options.

Aged and Palliative Care

The Southern Highlands Foundation identified aged and palliative care as an area of need in our community and provides support and training to nurses and carers. Currently the Foundation produces The Carers News quarterly which is distributed to all carers, hospitals, aged care facilities, retirement homes, doctors and pharmacists in the shire. A substantial grant for at home special beds will be made in late 2009.

Cancer Care

A program of support for cancer patients and their families was introduced in 2008 when the need arose for more specialised equipment at our local Cancer Centre which is part of the Southern Highlands Private Hospital which provides cancer services to all patients in the shire, both public and private. The first grant of $7,500 was made in August 2009 for 3 portable oxygen machines which are available on loan for any patient recovering from cancer treatment. A Wig Library is also being established at the Cancer Centre which will receive a grant from the Foundation in late 2009.