Big Talks for Little People & Little Heroes Foundation

Since July 2011 Fleurieu Milk Company has supported the Little Heroes Foundation, with the help of our customers, with in excess of $75,000 per annum going towards this worthwhile charity.

Over the years, we have been able to contribute a total of $633,370 on behalf of our community to assist the important work that is undertaken by the Little Heroes Foundation.

We thought you might like to know a little bit more about what the foundation does with the money that we raise.

Here’s a letter from Little Heroes Foundation founder, Chris McDermott.

Little Heroes Foundation have been supporting seriously ill children for 26 years. We have contributed over $30 million towards new equipment and facilities mainly at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH), which has funded major pieces of equipment and refurbishments.

We are now 2 years into our partnership with Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and our ‘Big Talks for Little People’ program that is operating through a number of schools here in SA at the moment and with great success . It’s important that we provide early intervention and prevention strategies that equip children with the tools to ensure their wellbeing and resilience as they get older.

It is something I, and we are committed to given the mental health struggles of so many including children over the last 2 years.

At the same time, we are very aware of our history in upgrading facilities at our hospitals especially kids Cancer wards and we are in discussion at the moment with Flinders Foundation and the Flinders Medical Centre about assisting them with some financial support in whatever area they need it most.

The impacts of Domestic Violence on Kids is another of many topics on the table as is a playground for their Adolescent ward, something we have done with great success at the WCH in years gone by.

We’ve begun our partnership with Flinders by co-funding some Smileyscopes at the Hospital.
Smiley Scopes are a new virtual reality headset which transport children to places of adventure.

It makes them completely unaware of the treatment they are experiencing, and it will soon be used in the children’s allergy clinic and Paediatric Emergency section during procedures such as stitches, blood collection, needles, inserting catheters or fitting plaster casts.

You will also see a slight tweak in the not-too-distant future to the way the foundation  presents itself to the public.

There is going to be a slight difference in our logo from ‘Supporting seriously ill children’ to ‘Supporting Children’s Physical and Mental Health’. This is to fit with the broad range of charity services we will now provide.

But we will never forget where we came from, what we have done and the work that still needs to be done in the cancer sector.

Chris McDermott