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United We Shine – Mardi Gras Fair

Community events with Burdekin

The Mardi Gras Fair was amazing. Thank you for taking the time to come to our stall and ask about our work. We appreciate it.

There was an incredible turnout to Victoria Park with organisers estimating about 35,000 visitors.

United we certainly do shine!

Over the course of the day our colourful stall and friendly team attracted lots of people asking questions about what we do and how we do it. We ended up with a large number of people expressing interest in fostering or volunteering with us – the positive reaction exceeded our expectations.

Thank you to our staff who worked hard to create the stall. You will see more of us at community events like this one – keep a look out!

We are always here to answer questions, please do get in touch anytime:

Become a Burdekin Foster Carer, Foster Care FAQs, Information Sessions.

Volunteer, Skilled Volunteers, Current Volunteer Vacancies

If you would like to speak to someone, please email: or phone Sarah or Michelle on:  02 8976 1777

Youth Development Fund – we’re almost there!

You helped us raise $60,000 for our Youth Development Fund

You helped us to make a huge difference with your support for our Youth Development Fund and we can’t thank you enough.

Back in November at our AGM, our Patron Prof. Brian Burdekin AO launched our Youth Development Fund with a request to help us raise $60,000 to enable us to fund a number of activities across our organisation.

We’re almost there!

With your help, at the time of writing this post, we received $52, 685 in donations. This means our young people will benefit in ways they may never have imagined. So a big fat thank you to each and every one of you who made this happen – together we can make a difference!

We will share updates of where your money is being used and as always we make your money work hard for us and our children and young people.

Special thanks goes out to Prof Burdekin AO, our Patron who matched your donation dollar for dollar up to $10,000 getting us off to a very good start!

There’s still time

If you wanted to donate but haven’t yet – there’s still time, we are just short of our target of $60,000 so with just a bit over $7,000 we are there! Would you like to help?

Please visit our Youth Development Fund page for more information and to donate.

Mardi Gras Fair

Meet our Burdekin Foster Carers

We will have a stall at the Mardi Gras Fair this year and we are looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible! This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a large community event. Our Carer team will be present to explain what it’s like to be a Burdekin Foster Carer.

Whether you are single, married, a home owner, renting, need us to provide a home, have a full time job, are part of the LGBTQ+ community, have a disability, are from an ethnic minority group – Carers come in all shapes and forms. We want to talk to you about what it means to be a Burdekin Foster Carer. Please take time to come by and say hi to us and learn more about our work.

The Mardi Gras Fair will be held at Victoria Park on Sunday 20th February in Broadway. There promises to be food, markets, comedy, dance and live music for all ages. We hope to see you there!

For more details about the Mardi Gras Fair please visit:

For details about our upcoming Burdekin Foster Carer information session please visit: Carer Information Session

And for more information about being a Carer with us or to speak to our team please contact:

Phone: 02 8976 1777

Sarah Inner West | Michelle Northern Beaches

Local Matters Jar at Grill’d Balgowlah

Local Matters at Grill'd

For the month of February there will be our own local matters jar at Grill’d Balgowlah. If you happen to love a good burger head to Grill’d Balgowlah or order online and vote for Burdekin. If you love our work and want to help, this is an easy way for you to support us and it won’t cost you anything extra!

We have a chance to win the top donation prize of $300 or second or third place of $100 each. Grab some mates and head down for a burger and support your local charity! All you have to do is add a community token to our jar.

Local Matters Jar at Grill'd Balgowlah
Local Matters at Grill’d Balgowlah

Community Matters

Community Giving

We are always saying how much our community matters to us – because we mean it, we can honestly do so much more because of you.

Faros Seafood Marrickville

When only fresh will do… Faros Seafood on Buckley Street in Marrickville have an amazing reputation locally and beyond for their delicious seafood and friendly customer service. We would like to thank Peter and the team there for their very generous donation of a $50 gift voucher for each of our young people in the Inner West. Such generosity at a difficult time of the year – we are so very appreciative!

Faros Seafood - Marrickville Giving Back to young people

Rotary Club Dee Why

The lovely folk at The Rotary Club of Dee Why visited Friday, 17th December and left some beautifully wrapped gifts that have been carefully placed under our Christmas tree. These presents  are donations from the community, which will be allocated to our young people. Thank you so much to the lovely group of Rotary representatives and community members who generously donated the items. They will sure put smiles on our young people’s faces at Christmas.

Addi Road Community Organisation

Our Inner West office is located at the Addi Road Community Centre, which is operated by The Addi Road Community Organisation – also a not for profit. One of Addi Road’s initiatives is The Food Pantry – a food relief hub that sells low cost groceries to those in need or food vouchers to those who cannot afford to pay. In the lead up to Christmas their team of volunteers have been creating Hampers for Hope – with a mission to pack over 1000 gift hampers for those who are vulnerable and or in need this Christmas.

They have very kindly donated 50 hampers to Burdekin for the children and young people in our care. Amazing community spirit from our neighbours and we thank them so much! Our children and young people will love them!

From left to right, Virginia Texeira, Jacqui Gildaly (both Burdekin Inner West Managers), Graham Bargwanna, one of the BA senior managers and some of the team from the Addi Road Community Organisation.

Officeworks Brookvale

Recently our CEO was presented with a laptop, ipad, phone, and art supplies for the young people in our care by Officeworks in Brookvale – this will benefit our young people so much.

A big thank you to Gabby Collins and team. Here she is with our CEO Justene Gordon.

Bing Lee Balgowlah

Bing Lee Balgowlah also very kindly donated a number of vacuum cleaners that will be used across our houses to support our young people in Out of Home Care.

A big thank you to Lionel Lee and his team for their wonderful donation. Here he is with our CEO Justene Gordon.

In the lead up to Christmas we also have many other contributions from individuals, businesses and local organisations – acts of kindness – that help make the lives of the children and young people in our care that much better.

Thank you!