Grateful for our community

Grateful for our community

4 October 2022

Thank you for helping us raise over $140k in 140 days.

On May 12th we launched our campaign to raise $140,000 in 140 days. We knew this was an ambitious target, but we also knew that our community values the work that we do and would get behind us, our important program, and especially the students that we support.

We are proud to announce that we have raised $142,094!

Standing Tall in Hamilton Inc (STiH) Program Manager Dee Barrera says, “Setting a high fundraising target was a big challenge for us but we knew we had to give it a go. When Mel and I started in our roles here earlier this year, we calculated the cost to bring one student into the program, and to keep them in the program for a year. We worked it out to be a cost of $2000 per student per year. This may seem high for a not-for profit program supported by volunteers, but even not-for-profits must spend money to make things possible. In our case, this means spending money to run a safe and effective school-based mentoring program. The $2000 covers things such as program insurances, governance, mentor recruitment including processing applications, conducting interviews, security screening, on-board training, ongoing refresher training and resources, processing student referrals and planning and implementing mentoring sessions. The funds raised will help us support 71 students in the program which is wonderful.”

STiH President Rob Vecchiet says, "Launching this fundraiser has been really valuable in more ways than one. We are really grateful that our entire community, including businesses, clubs, schools, foundations and many individuals, have collectively helped us raise more than our target amount. We are also really proud to see that this campaign has helped us to engage the community more, ensuring more people know about our wonderful program and what we offer students in our schools”.

STiH has a formal partnership with 15 junior and senior schools, ensuring more students in need who would benefit from a mentor will have the opportunity to access one. Our school partners are:

  • Monivae College
  • Baimbridge College
  • St Mary’s Primary School
  • Penshurst Primary School
  • Cavendish Primary School
  • Hamilton Parklands School
  • Tarrington Lutheran School
  • Good Shepherd Junior School
  • George Street Primary School 
  • Good Shepherd Senior College
  • Hamilton North Primary School
  • Balmoral K-12 Community College
  • Hamilton (Gray Street) Primary School
  • The Hamilton and Alexandra College, Jnr
  • The Hamilton and Alexandra College, Snr

STiH would like to thank the following philanthropic partners, business partners, foundations, churches, clubs, schools and individuals that have made a donation, hosted a fundraiser or sponsored us during this Fundraising Campaign. We are especially grateful to you all for investing in Standing Tall in Hamilton Inc.

  • Radleys of Hamilton
  • Groves Real Estate
  • The Handbury Foundation
  • ACE Radio
  • Iluka Resources
  • WDHS
  • Presence
  • Finchetts
  • AdSign
  • Coles
  • Taylor Toyota
  • Uniting Church
  • The Wholistic GP
  • Toyworld Hamilton
  • Max Murray Builder
  • PJs Playhouse
  • Arborline Pty Ltd
  • Glenn Howell Optometrist
  • CoggerGurry Chartered Accountants
  • Java Jive Mobile Coffee Van
  • WDEA Community Foundation
  • The Gall Family Foundation
  • Southwest Community Foundation
  • The William and Lindsay Brodie Foundation
  • Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation
  • Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation
  • Wannon Water
  • The Hamilton View Club
  • Hamilton Sportswomen's Association
  • Hamilton Rotaract
  • Hamilton Rotary
  • Heather Ward
  • Claire Hilsdon - 140 Laps of the Lake fundraiser
  • Victoria Cooper - birthday fundraiser
  • Hamilton North Primary School
  • George Street Primary School
  • Gray Street Primary School
  • Hayley Taylor
  • Erin Parker
  • Emma Brown
  • Andrea Hayes
  • Stuart Perry
  • Hilary Jackson
  • Alana Brown
  • Peter & Bronwyn Dwight
  • Caroline MacDonald
  • Jannie Ryan
  • Andrea Sherman
  • Lauren Davies
  • Wendy Davies
  • David Davies
  • Peter Cook
  • Kristy Hibberd
  • Chris Irving
  • Melonie Fitzpatrick
  • Narelle Frichot
  • Mrs M C Willis
  • Stewart Otton
  • Carolyn Vankalken
  • Gwenda Riley
  • Georgina Paton
  • Vicky Yearwood
  • Margy Stevenson
  • Mary Ezard
  • Wendy Goodman
  • Pauline Coates
  • Lia Mailes
  • Lauren Alexander-Shrive
  • Edward Mackellar
  • Angus Mackellar
  • Diane Kavanagh
  • Jenny Poynton
  • Frank and Di Soulsby
  • Robyn & Bob Cooper
  • Anne Basel
  • Lise Lowe
  • Jannie Ryan
  • Greta Prozesky
  • Heather and Colin Hilsdon
  • Fiona Musson
  • Sonia Shaw
  • Meredith Dowling
  • Vicki Allen
  • Tania Stevens
  • Barry and Faye
  • Glenys Aisbett
  • Mrs M C Willis
  • Claire Wettenhall
  • George Fitzpatrick
  • Maryanne Campbell
  • Carol Anderson
  • Liz Cummins
  • Trish Munro
  • Tanya Lambert
  • Liz Beavis
  • Sophie Malek
  • Fatimah Samee
  • Susan Brumby
  • Angela Malek
  • Jill McErvale
  • Keith and Elisabeth Haynes
  • 3 x Anonymous donors

As a registered Australian Charity, we will always accept donations, and every donation is tax-deductible. To make a regular donation or host a fundraiser on our behalf, head to our fundraising portal  or check out our website

Standing Tall in Hamilton acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and in each of the communities in which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
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