Trea­sure Boxes gets foun­da­tion life­line

The Advertiser - - BUSINESS - CAMERON ENGLAND

ADE­LAIDE-based char­ity Trea­sure Boxes has been able to restart op­er­a­tions thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion was forced to tem­po­rar­ily close its doors ear­lier this month be­cause of a de­cline in vol­un­teer avail­abil­ity due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

This was de­spite de­mand for its ser­vices be­ing higher than ever.

Trea­sure Boxes pro­vides as­sis­tance pack­ages in­clud­ing prod­ucts such as cots, car seats, cloth­ing, linen and house­hold items to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies who are at risk of home­less­ness or who were re­cently home­less, and fam­i­lies liv­ing in se­vere poverty.

Founder Rikki Cooke said the new part­ner­ship with THRF was a wel­come re­lief with the foun­da­tion also be­com­ing Trea­sure Boxes’ first Plat­inum Spon­sor.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion will en­sure Trea­sure Boxes can recom­mence its vi­tal ser­vice within the next two weeks to pro­vide child­hood es­sen­tials to our most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­nity mem­bers,” Ms Cooke said.

“The do­na­tion will al­low us to con­tinue to pro­vide items such as cots and bassinette­s for new­born ba­bies born into se­vere hard­ship and are with­out a safe place to sleep – putting their lives at risk - and women and chil­dren who have fled do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and are cur­rently re­sid­ing in women’s shel­ters.’’

THRF chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Flynn said the part­ner­ship was an im­por­tant way his or­gan­i­sa­tion could con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in SA dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic and be­yond. “We are ex­tremely im­pressed by the pas­sion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and drive be­hind Trea­sure Boxes and feel very proud to en­able their recom­mence­ment dur­ing this crit­i­cal time,” Mr Flynn said.

Trea­sure Boxes helped 2026 ba­bies and chil­dren in SA last year. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has also ap­plied for $245,476 in Emer­gency Re­lief fund­ing sup­port from the State Govern­ment.

GIV­ING BACK: Trea­sure Boxes vol­un­teer Lor­raine Har­ris helps to pre­pare es­sen­tials at the ware­house.

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