Over the last four months since joining our Foundation as the new General Manager, I’ve been deeply inspired by the broad range of individuals and organisations that choose to make a difference in the lives of a youth in crisis.
More often than not with Sir David Martin Foundation (SDMF), this compassionate act occurs when a donor makes a monetary contribution to SDMF that is meaningful to them personally.
Inspired by our late Founder’s enduring vision, we strive to create an environment where young people can grow with hope, safety and opportunity. This bold call to action, of which our donors play an essential role, continues to challenge us to do all we can for local young people.
The need is great today. Recent data from our partner, Mission Australia and their annual Youth Survey, indicates a rising number of young Australians (1-in-4) meet criteria for a probable serious mental illness. Coupled with substance abuse, where 8.5 million (or 43%) of youth aged 14 or older have used an illicit drug, it’s no wonder that young peoples’ lives today can easily spiral out-of-control, resulting from the often cumulative effect of drug, alcohol misuse and mental illness. These young people are one of our most important assets, yet amongst the most vulnerable in our society because many have been subject to trauma, neglect or abuse.
In order to rise to this challenge, SDMF aspires to serve the community as a non-profit organisation that not only mobilises financial support, but also offers flexible volunteer pathways in fulfillment of our critical mission.
If you are someone who would be interested in learning more about volunteering or would just like to know about our Foundation and the positive differences made in the life of local young people each day, we will be holding an Introduction to Volunteerism with SDMF on 28TH June 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (morning tea will be served).
We look forward to hearing from you!