FY 2018/19 A Huge Year of Fundraising

01 Jul 2019

Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation is proud to announce the final charity recipients and their funding allocation from events conducted during the 2018-2019 financial year.

Our bike rides were a great success with fundraising close to last year's record levels. Both the Queensland and Victorian rides broke the $1 million mark, New South Wales almost doubled its tally to approach $680,000, whilst the Women’s 300, at $440,000, surpassed last year's record. Total funds raised came in at $3,284,582, Chain Reaction's second best result over its 13 years of operation.

As a consequence of these outstanding numbers, Chain Reaction has donated $2,350,000 to our children’s charity partners this year. This represents a flow through rate of 72%, enabling our supporters to make a considerable positive impact on the lives of children in need through our charity partners’ programs.

Such a result would certainly not have been possible without the incredible generosity of our donors, riders and sponsors. This great result has taken Chain Reaction's total raised figure, since inception in 2007, to nearly $28 million.

The donation amounts and charity recipients for each of the four rides are summarised below.

Chain Reaction sincerely thanks its riders, corporate partners, supporters, individual donors and volunteers who were involved, helping ensure another outstanding year. 

We look forward to our next event in October 2019, the Chain Reaction Women’s 300.

Queensland

Major Partner

AEIOU Foundation - $350,000

AEIOU Foundation provides early intervention learning programs for children with autism in Queensland and South Australia. Funds raised this year will go toward building a purpose built facility in Springfield which will service more than 60 children annually.

Major Partner

Ronald McDonald House - $350,000

Ronald McDonald House provides care for families with children receiving hospital treatment. Funds raised this year will go towards an upgrade of guest rooms and main playground at the Herston centre. 

Minor Partners:

HELP - $40,000
To help with the purchase of protective shade structures at the McIntyre Centre Riding School which provides specialised therapeutic riding programs to children with a disability. 

Traction - $40,000
To help fund the purchase of a van to facilitate programs for vulnerable youth in the Logan and Scenic Rim communities to help them discover their talents and create their own future.

Outward Bound - $20,000
An outdoor education not-for-profit, Outward Bound will utilise funds to run community programs to empower and inspire children 18 years or younger to reach their full potential.

Victoria

Major Partner

The Starlight Children’s Foundation – $320,000

To continue to run the Starlight Express Room at the Monash Children’s Hospital for 12 months and grant life changing wishes to Starlight children in Victoria.

Major Partner

Very Special Kids – $320,000

To help fund the planning, coordination and completion of the upgrade to their hospice, Victoria’s only dedicated children’s hospice serving over 900 families across the state.

Minor Partners

Monash Children’s Hospital - $85,000
To help fund the purchase of an ultrasound machine for newborn babies requiring special attention within Victoria’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the state referral centre for many low-volume and high-complex cases.

I-Can Network - $30,000
Funding will help with the operation of camps as part of I-Can's mission to drive a rethink on autism and provide education, advocacy and other opportunities for children on the spectrum.

Breakthrough Foundation - $30,000
Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation, Breakthrough's funds will go towards ground breaking research programs aiming to change the lives of children 18 years or younger.

Freedom Wheels VIC - $20,000
Funding to run the Freedom Wheels program which custom builds bikes for children with disabilities so that they can enjoy the independence, mobility and a new-found sense of pride by riding a bike. 

New South Wales

Major Partner

Starlight Children’s Foundation - $300,000

To continue to run the Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight Program at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Women's 300

Major Partner

AEIOU Foundation - $275,000

To support the $10,000 funding shortfall for 16 children with autism at the Sippy Downs centre on the Sunshine Coast.

Minor Partners

Youth Advocacy Centre - $50,000
Funds will be used to purchase transport vehicles enabling vulnerable and disadvantaged youths to receive support and attend appointments.

Freedom Wheels QLD - $15,000
Funding to run the Freedom Wheels program which custom builds bikes for children with disabilities so that they can enjoy the independence, mobility and a new-found sense of pride by riding a bike.