The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group has once again thrown its support behind Treasure Boxes, a South Australian charity helping thousands of disadvantaged mothers, young children and teenagers impacted by poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence every year.
A $70,000 grant has been given to the grassroots charity, which follows two other grants in 2020 and 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an overwhelming demand for support from women who were fleeing domestic violence situations which have been on the increase over the past two years.
With THRF Group’s continued support, Treasure Boxes has been able to provide 344 newborn babies with cots so they have a safe place to sleep, 1742 babies and children with clothing to keep them warm in winter, 782 boxes of nappies and 14,169 other vital essentials such as quilts and pillows, feeding equipment and strollers to safely care for babies and children.
Over the past 12 months the hardworking team has been able to triple the number of basic living items and necessities delivered to thousands of people experiencing hardship and trauma, thanks to the generosity of the community.
THRF Group’s additional funding has been warmly welcomed by Treasure Boxes CEO Rikki Cooke.
“The donation is greatly appreciated given the demand for our service continues to grow week by week with many families struggling to make ends meet during this very challenging time of job loss, home loss and despair,” Rikki said.
“This grant from THRF Group will allow us to reach and impact the lives of more South Australian families that need our help and enable us to meet our core mission to reduce the number of babies and children living in poverty in SA.”
THRF Group Chief Executive Officer Paul Flynn said he’s thrilled to be able to provide another grant to Treasure Boxes, who are integral in helping disadvantaged mothers get back on their feet.
“The impact Treasure Boxes has on helping those in need is both critical and essential in helping those who are at risk or in need,” Paul said.
“In 2022, Treasure Boxes provided and saved families over $2.67 million worth of goods, meaning they were able to redirect their limited income to buy food, pay rent to avoid homelessness, and pay for other vital essentials when raising a young family through their Safe Start program.
“We are proud to continue supporting Treasure Boxes, who are vital in helping disadvantaged mothers, babies and teenagers in need.”