23rd February 2018
The 10th Anniversary of the Arnott’s Foundation Gala Ball was held on the 23rd of February at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Over 900 guests were entertained by Catriona Rowntree as MC, and performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fasika, and Furnace and the Fundamentals.
On behalf of Camp Quality, Brooke Macarthur and Melissa Zerafa, spoke publicly for the first time on the night about the heartbreak of finding out their sons had cancer and how friendship helped them through their hardest days in hospital.
“Mel and I instantly shared the mutual feeling of helplessness watching our sons battle their cancers, our feelings of despair at not being with our other children and those haunting fears for our son’s futures,” Brooke says.
“Prior to our sons being diagnosed we had both never really given much thought into how Camp Quality helped families impacted by cancer … until we became those families,” Brooke says, “The unwavering support, the opportunities to reconnect and the countless smiles on our kids’ faces at Camp Quality programs will stay with us for a lifetime.”
The night was a great success with the Arnott’s Foundation successfully raising over $500,000. These funds will go towards running Camp Quality Family Camps across Australia.
Thank you to the organising committee for the biggest and best Gala Ball yet!
5th December 2017
To Craig, Shirley, the Arnott’s Foundation Board & committee members, and all in the Arnott’s family,
From all of us at Camp Quality and our Camp Quality families and volunteers, we just wanted to say THANK YOU for all you’ve done over the last year to help support children impacted by cancer across Australia
25th October 2017
We are extremely proud to have presented our charity partners with their cheques today! Thank you for everyone’s support thus far!
A cheque of $615,000 was presented to Camp Quality along with one to Fairy Sparkle for $75,000.
Shout out to Camp Quality and Fairy Sparkle for the wonderful work they do, making a difference to the lives of so many children and their families.
(L-R: Giggles, Mary Lemonis, Umit Subasi, Craig Funnell, Kylea Tink, Fairy Sparkle, Allan McCormac, Rhonda McCormac, Catriona Rowntree, The Rollinsons)
20th October 2017
Thank you to all who came along to be part of the fun at the 2017 Huntingwood Family Fun Day! We are excited to announce that the Arnott’s Family Fun Day raised over $57,000 for Camp Quality.
A HUGE thank you to our AHH-MAZING Volunteers, Stall Holders, Performers and Sponsors! The event could not have been such a success without the effort of all involved.
28th October 2016
The Arnott’s Foundation held its annual cheque presentation ceremony last week, announcing it had achieved a record year, raising one million dollars in gross funds for its major beneficiaries.
At the presentation ceremony, Craig Funnell, Chairman of The Arnott’s Foundation presented Camp Quality with a cheque for $600,000, which will fund 30 Camp Quality family camps, and offer respite and chance to re-connect for Aussie families living with cancer.
A cheque for $75,000 was also presented to Fairy Sparkle who has worked in hospitals around Australia for over 20 years, building Fairy Gardens and improving the lives of patients and their families during their most vulnerable moments.
The presentation was attended by The Arnott’s Foundation Board including its Patron, Catriona Rowntree, along with Fairy Sparkle and representatives from Camp Quality, Driver Reviver and Foodbank. Mr Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid, Ms Jodi McKay, State MP for Strathfield, and Mayor Helen McCaffrey also attended the presentation (pictured).
6th May 2016
The Arnott’s Family Fun Day held on Sunday 1st May was another raging success. Over 2,000 people came along to celebrate Huntingwood turning 20, and enjoying a slice of Tim Tam Birthday Cake.
The day was full of amazing experiences, including:
The mobile biscuit bakery making choc chip tiny teddies for the first time
The magnificent Suzuki Swift, kindly donated by Nepean Motor Group, was also won by one lucky raffle entrant. We also had over 1000 people come through the bakery, and enjoy our state-of-the-art facility.
In all, over $55,000 has been raised for Camp Quality.
2nd May 2016
Arnott’s Virginia are happy to announce the final amount raised for Camp Quality by their recent charity Golf Day, a whopping $33,200 – easily beating last year’s record of $25,800!
The event was held at Nudgee Golf Club on Friday 22nd April on a beautifully warm and sunny day. There were 120 players this year, and lots of very positive feedback was received.
Leanne Linard, MP, officially opened the event, and the evening’s presentation were chaired by Zane Austin, the son of one of our long term employees, Sylvia Austin. Presentations were made by Group Plant Manager, Tony Jones, and Camp Quality Fundraising Coordinator, Ben Child.
11th December 2015
On 8 December, a team of 40 volunteers from the North Strathfield and Huntingwood sites volunteered at the Variety Kids Xmas Party. Variety assists thousands of sick, disadvantaged and special needs children to experience something we all take for granted – a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life and a chance to experience the joy of Christmas as all children should.
5000 children attended the party and our team of volunteers supported Fairy Sparkle and her stand, assisting with taking photos, Christmas card decorating, making sparkle bags and sparkle jars and entertaining the children while they waited to see Fairy
12th September 2014
Congratulations to Fairy Sparkle, who was presented with the Order of Australia Medal by the Governor last Friday at Government House. Craig Funnell – Vice President Supply Chain Asia Pacific, Campbell Arnott’s attended the ceremony as a special guest of Fairy Sparkle.
The Arnott’s Foundation has been supporting Fairy Sparkle for 10 years, assisting her establish “Fairy Gardens” at hospitals in NSW and Queensland. Most recently, with the support of The Arnott’s Foundation, Fairy Sparkle has worked on the ”happy garden” project, which has seen eight separate gardens built in hospitals around Sydney. The project aims to create a sanctuary outside the ward, where patients and their families can go to relax, seek inspiration and interact as a ”normal” family.
Fairy Sparkle has volunteered in hospitals for 23 years and is now a holder of a Medal of the Order of Australia. Over more than two decades, she has worked in hospitals around Sydney to improve the lives of patients and their families during their most vulnerable moments. Accompanied by her pomeranian, Inkling, she sings, plays and chats with the young patients seven days a week.