Better Homes and Gardens backyard transformation

Better Homes and Gardens support Burdekin youth

We are delighted to share with you, a recent project undertaken by Better Homes and Gardens on the behalf of our young people.

The garden before

Recently, the team undertook a garden transformation project at one of our properties in Manly turning it into an impressive multi-purpose entertain and relaxing area that will benefit a number of our young people.

The property now has a beautiful pergola with outdoor furniture, hammock, new basketball/badminton set-up, lots of fabulous new plants and herbs and even a new BBQ! The space has been transformed just in time for summer so everyone can enjoy spending time outdoors.

The pergola

Thank you so much to Juliet and Charlie and all the Better Homes and Gardens team for this stunning asset for our young people. Did You Catch: Summer Ready Backyard? This episode aired on Channel 7 on Friday 25th November and you can catch up on 7plus.

Golf Day 2022

Thank you for making our Annual Charity Golf Day of 2022 a huge success – every single one of you helps us in our efforts to solve issues causing child and youth homelessness!

Many of you know how challenging it was to organise the event due to a number of unavoidable reschedules but on Tuesday 20th September it finally did go ahead! And we were so lucky with the weather. A lot to be grateful for. There are many people to thank:

All of our sponsors:

Manly Warringah Pest Control, Sydney Beach Homes, Vivid Commercial Cleaning & Property Services, Link Wentworth, Norton Rose Fulbright, Touchpoint Technology, Compass Project Management, Manly Warringah District Cricket Club, Bendigo Bank, WT Partnership, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, UpState, Drummond Golf, FleetPartners, Gage Road Brew Co. Multisparx, Quest Events and Nevada Partners.

Compass Project Management

Our supporters:

Victoria Bitter, Ben & Jerry’s, Cromer Golf Club, Hitting Targets, Gage Road Brew Co. Leanda Lai Apartments, Bucketty’s Brewing Co. Seven Miles Coffee Roasters, TSA Outdoors, Harbord Hotel, Francalia Homewares, Drummond Golf, 2UE Radio Easy Music, Sea Lord Howe, Lord Howe Island Bowling Club, NSW Rugby League, Manly Warringah District Cricket Club, Marine Adventures, Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

Ben & Jerry’s

Special thanks in particular goes out to Peter Riddle from Lord Howe Island who not only travelled over for the golf day but also donated accommodation at the beautiful Leanda Lei Apartments. Peter also worked with a number of local restaurants, tourism operators and vendors on the island to donate towards the Lord Howe Island package that was auctioned off and purchased by Ryan Halangahu from Multisparx! What an amazing prize to win!

Another special thanks goes to the wonderful Cromer Golf Club for kindly hosting the event each year!

Golf Winners:

  • 1st Place – Jay Lenton, Michael Visser, Ryan Hadley and Ryan Farrell from the MWDCC.
  • 2nd place – Kieran Flynn, Eddie Blake, Shauna Mouldey and Angus Penn from Drummond Golf
  • 3rd place – Peter Tustin, Jon Tyer, Jack and Mickey Edwards who represented The Burdekin Association

Novelty Holes:

  • Thong Throwing – Women: Bella Siebold (Ben & Jerry’s) | Male: Michael Bonici (Nevada Partners)
  • Nearest to pin – Women: Claire Oxlade (Flaming Goes) | Male: Michael Visser (MWDCC)
  • Closest inside the circle on the 18th hole – Ryan Farrell (MWDCC)
  • Dartboard – Sydney Beach Homes
  • Longest Drive – Women: Brooke Fawcett (Sydney Beach Homes) |Male: John Hall (Upstate)


Best Dressed: Claire Oxlade and her team Flaming Goes

Raffle Prize (Jarara Cottage Escape): Multisparx

Auction Items:

  • Lord Howe Island Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • Morne Morkel Coaching Clinic from Manly Warringah District Cricket Club & Morne Morkel – Claire Oxlade
  • Clay Shooting Lesson with Hitting Targets – Todd O’Fee
  • Ben & Jerry’s Party Pack – Paul Heffernan
  • Telescope and Binocular Set from TSA Outdoors – Todd O’Fee
  • NSW Blues Origin Package from NSW Rugby League – Stephen Hart
  • Cromer Golf Club Package – Liz Duke
  • Gage Roads Brewing Co. Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • VB Hard Earned Thirst Package – Andrew Miller
  • Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 – Stephen Hart
  • 2UE Radio Advertising Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • Drummond Golf Calloway X Hot Pack – Matthew Pethybridge

Image Gallery

Enjoy all the photos from the day!

Our Golf Day is finally HEEEEERE!!!!

Burdekin Annual Charity Golf Day

After one of our busiest years and multiple postponements, for reasons beyond our control, our Annual Charity Golf Day is almost here!

Held in the unique and natural surroundings of Cromer Golf Club, the day brings us together as a community with the common goal of wanting to do something for vulnerable youth in our community, alleviating youth homelessness, improving transitions to adulthood and providing the skills necessary for a viable future.

The morning starts with the buzz and excitement of what’s ahead. The order of the day is meeting new people, reconnecting with friends and acquaintances, engaging with like-minded people, building relationships, meeting potential customers, sharing ideas, not to mention playing golf and possibly winning some amazing prizes!

Our true power lies in our connections within our community, which is why this event is so important to us. We are thankful to those who have stuck with us throughout the various postponements of the day. We can’t wait to see you all! And did we mention it’s a full house?

Take a look at who our sponsors and supporters are on the day and a big huge thank you to those who made it possible!

EoFY thank you and winner!

Kids in out-of-home-care highly vulnerable

Through the generous support of our amazing community across Sydney we managed to raise $51,870… just slightly off our $60,000 target with another $8,230 to go! We are incredibly grateful for each and every person who supported our ‘Educational Inclusion Pays Off’ EoFY campaign.

Young people who come into our care are a highly vulnerable and disadvantaged group, at high risk of negative outcomes such as mental health disorders, involvement in the juvenile justice system and incomplete education. 69% of the children and young people who come to us are unable to participate effectively in learning provided through the education department due to their personal situation.

Your support has enabled us to provide a positive and safe learning environment that caters to the individual’s needs, abilities and preferences, whilst achieving academic outcomes. Please take a look at what outcomes young people are achieving with your help.

Thank you to Community Bank Freshwater and their Chairman Trevor Sargeant (below) who presented CEO Justene Gordon with a cheque for $5000 which will go towards funding for an Education Specialist. Also thanks to our Patron, Prof. Brian Burdekin who matched your donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000!

There’s still time

If you’re reading this and you didn’t have ways or means to donate before the end of June – there is still time! All donations no matter how big or small will help us to finally reach our target!

Winner of Donate to Win

As part of our campaign we also ran a donate to win prize draw, whereby all online donors were entered into a prize draw to win a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles package! The lucky winner of the prize is Richard Griffin – congratulations Richard – enjoy! Special thanks to our sponsors – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles for the amazing prize!

Thank you to our sponsors Manly Warringah Sea Eagles!

A Safe Haven in Balgowlah

Property Industry Foundation

We are beyond thrilled with the completion of Haven House in Balgowlah and want to thank everyone who has been involved from the bottom of our hearts.

Back in April, we wrote about the start of this project – a collaboration by The Property Industry Foundation (PIF), SMLXL Projects and Bridge Housing in support of our Youth Housing Program.

In a little over two months a huge transformation has taken place and the house is now ready.

Those involved in the project, came together on 9th June to celebrate the opening of Haven House and their collective efforts and goodwill.

You can follow the entire project about a house that sat empty and derelict for five years being transformed into a beautiful home over on the Property Industry Foundation’s website.

We are deeply touched by our community and what they have done.

The house has a room dedicated to Cameron Brae, Founder David Hazlett called DC Hazlett Room. We want to thank his family and Co-CEO Tim Gavan for their attendance at the workerbee event in his honour.

Other teams involved in the workerbee were Urbis and Scope Projects.

I always believe that we are ‘blessed to be a blessing’, so to be able to give back something even in a small and simple way to make someone happy is important to me,” says Urbis volunteer Donna. “It’s so wonderful to see the all the work ‘done and dusted’ at the end of the day.”

Coco Republic supplied furniture and linen for the bedrooms plus lounge and dining furniture and decorations. Property Industry Foundations new national partners AVID also donated furniture and other items for the nursery, including a change table and cot.

Please follow the project over on the Property Industry Foundation’s website and hear from SMLXL Projects CEO, Lisa Mort about what it meant to be involved – Haven House Balgowlah.

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the Cadigal and Gayamaygal Clans. We acknowledge the Country on which we live, work, and gather as being Aboriginal land.

We acknowledge the lands, waterways and skies that are connected to Aboriginal people. We honour them and pay our deepest respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We respect their rightful place within our communities, and we value their ancient cultural knowledge and practices.

Aboriginal Flag
Torres Straight Island Flag

We deeply respect that this will always be Aboriginal land and we will honour and follow the first peoples’ values in caring for the Country and for preserving their culture.

We deeply value that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture in the world and we will continue to work with their peoples and communities to ensure their cultures endure and remain strong.