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Welcome to the Sir David Martin Foundation Blog. Our General Manager posts regular updates, and we invite occasional guest bloggers, such as our Ambassadors.

Why Philanthropists Enable Real Change

Why Philanthropists Enable Real Change

I was posed a question recently about why Triple Care Farm relies on Philanthropy – as opposed to Government funding, or charging fees. The answer is a complex one, but central to it is the power, consistency and flexibility that philanthropy offers.

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May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

I’m not going to mince words here — this is a desperate time. Our society is under attack by the scourge of ‘ice’. Every day young lives are being ruined by this evil drug. 

This month, we have launched a special appeal to help make the solution to this epidemic, a reality. Please hear me out. 

As you know, each year, Triple Care Farm (which we fund and is operated by Mission Australia) offers 100 young people, who arrive at rock bottom facing life on the streets, jail or an early grave; a last chance to turn their lives around.

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March Blog: Reflections on the Ride

March Blog: Reflections on the Ride

Monday 2nd March. I sit here in tired satisfaction and a little pain, reflecting back on yesterday. Instead of relaxing at home with the family I joined the inaugural 145Classic: Ride for Youth.

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January Blog: Happy New Year!

It's back to work now after a wonderful Christmas break! Maddy in our team challenged me to write a blog entry but in the flux between ‘holiday mode’ and ‘work mode’ instead of focusing on one thought, there are lots of ideas buzzing around my head.

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October Blog: The generosity bucket doesn't run dry

I admit it – I did the Ice Bucket Challenge last month.  For anyone who doesn’t know, this involves being nominated by a friend to pour a bucket of ice water over yourself and/or donating to charity, before nominating others to do the same.

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6 Jungle Inspired Thoughts

6 Jungle Inspired Thoughts

It was a long hard slog each day on my trek of the Kokoda Track, putting one foot in front of the other for hour after hour. I had plenty of time for reflection and I formed 6 key thoughts over those 10 days.

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Reflections on my Kokoda Trek

Dawn was still just a distant promise when we emerged from our tents in response to the call of the bagpipes. One of the trekkers had carried the pipes for many days, in order to honour his relative who had fought and died on Brigade Hill.

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One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...