Thursday Charity Day

Thursday Charity Day

Thursday Charity Day

Thursday's Proceeds go to two Charities!

Since 2001 the Illawarra Folk Festival has provided charity / non-profit organisations the opportunity to receive the benefits of the official opening day, Thursday, of the Illawarra Folk Festival.  This is achieved by the sharing of the entry cost to the festival on Thursday and the proceeds of a raffle to two nominated charities.
The opening day includes a number of concerts from Midday to Midnight with festival artists.  It's a great opportunity for folks who've not tasted the joy of a folk festival to get a sample for a mere $30 while supporting worthwhile charities.  You can purchase tickets at the gate or online.

2018 Thursday Charity Recipients

Our 2017 charities are Need a Feed and Bulli Surf Life Saving Club.

Need a Feed

The vision at Need a Feed is to not only feed hundreds, but millions of families in times of need throughout Australia. Need a Feed supports local families in times of need in avariety of ways, from providing food to personal care items and school supplies. As well as emergency food relief service, they hold events throughout the year, supplying food to hundreds of people on any one day via a ‘host’ organisation. They have been able to rescue food that would have otherwise gone to landfill, and pass it on to. various neighbourhood centres and organisations for their community lunches.The organisation came about with the vision of Shaz Harrison-Shaw, who was herself struggling to put food on the table. She has since made it her mission to support families in the same position as she was. To date Need a Feed has supported more than 7,500 families and distributed more than 55 tonnes of food!

Bulli Surf Life Saving Club

The Bulli Life Saving Club has been protecting beachgoers for over 104 years. They are steeped in tradition, mate-ship and memories that last a lifetime and have a ‘no lives lost’ record due to the diligence of the members patrolling Bulli Beach. They continue to provide a voluntary role in protecting the community along Bulli Beach. They welcome any new members to their family orientated club. BLSC have proudly held the title of Illawarra Surf Life Saving Club of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2017.

2016 Thursday Charity Recipients

The two charities for 2016 were The Disability Trust and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (through combined Rotary Clubs of Illawarra).

Any suggestions for 2017 can be emailed to: 

2015 Thursday Charity Recicipients

Cystic Fibrosis New South Wales

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young Australians today. It primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it also affects a number of other organs and systems. Complications increase with age, requiring ever increasing levels of (self) care and support. On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene (most of whom are unaware they are carriers).  Cystic Fibrosis support services organisations exist in every major jurisdiction of Australia, with the exception of the Northern Territory.  People living with CF in the Northern Territory are often supported by one or more of the adjoining CF organisations.

The Denny Foundation

The DENNY Foundation is committed to social responsibility and exists to develop and auspice effective, holistic solutions to aid in the relief of poverty; and to support and advocate for individuals and families affected by: mental illness, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and loss by suicide. The DENNY Foundation was founded by John & Margaret Purcell (Foundation Church's founders) after the death, through suicide, of Dennis (Denny) Purcell. Denny was just 25 years of age and battled, for most of his short life, with mental illness, behavioural problems, isolation, and addictions. In the spirit of Denny's life-long battle, the DENNY Foundation is spurred on by his tenacity as exemplified in the following:  "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt.

Previous recipients of support from the Thursday Charity Day

• 2013 - Wollongong Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children
• 2012 - Cancer Council
• 2012, 2011 – Greenacres Disability Services
• 2011 - Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club - Nippers
• 2010 - SCARF
• 2010 - Bulli Primary School
• 2013, 2009 - APHEDA Union Aid Abroad
• 2009 - Wollongong Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children
• 2008 - Oxfam (through the kids at Smiths Hill High School)
• 2008 - Leukaemia Foundation
• 2007 - Bulli Uniting Church’s Weberek East Timor Appeal
• 2007 - Camp Quality
• 2006 – Michelle Radford Appeal
• 2006 - Bulli Uniting Church’s Weberek East Timor Appeal
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