National Partner - Soldier On
Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded; we will always have their backs. We work to enhance recovery, inspire communities and empower Australia’s wounded, giving those who have served our country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose
State Partner - Blue Ribbon Foundation
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria.
In total, 159 Victoria Police members have been killed in the line of duty. Of these, 30 have been murdered, which underlines the dangers police members face on a daily basis.
We can do nothing to bring them back but as a grateful community we can take steps to honour their memory and ensure their sacrifice is acknowledged through a range of projects that benefit the wider community.
Each year St Kilda and Hawthorn play for the Blue Ribbon Cup. The Blue Ribbon Cup is a very special event that not only pays tribute to our police members who fallen in the line of duty but also acknowledges the work and dedication of those who continue to serve.
Local Partner - Frankston City Council’s Frankston Charitable Fund
The Frankston Charitable Fund was established as a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation by Frankston City Council in November 2009.
The fund aims to build capital and generate interest and dividends that provide funding to support the work of Frankston charities through a grants program.
The Fund capital is preserved in perpetuity and is invested and professionally managed by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.
The money that is donated today will stay in the Frankston Charitable Fund corpus forever.
The Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation matched donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 to help establish the Frankston Charitable Fund.
The Fund was also the recipient of a challenge grant in 2011 - 2012 and received an initial $100,000, then after successfully raising $100,000, received a further $200,000 as part of the Victorian Government's Community Foundations initiative.
The first round of Frankston Charitable Fund grants took place in 2012 with over $7,000 distributed to eligible charities.
Icon Partner - Trevor Barker Foundation through Challenge
The Trevor Barker Foundation was established to continue the memory and inspirational work of a remarkable man.
Trevor Barker was an inspiring player for St Kilda Football Club for over 14 seasons. He was St Kilda's Best & Fairest player twice and represented his State seven times.
He always provided hope, gave strength and offered inspiration to so many people in need. Sadly, Trevor passed away from cancer in April 1996. He always positive, with a great sense of humour and provided hope, gave strength and offered inspiration to so many.
The Trevor Barker foundation is managed by Challenge, Victoria’s longest serving children’s cancer charity which provides assistance and support for children living with cancer and their families.
The Foundation aims to establish and maintain a sports camp, develop and maintain their current property in Torquay, Victoria to provide families the opportunity to take some time out during periods of treatment.
The Torquay retreat also provides support to past or present players that are diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illnesses.
Each year St Kilda and Western Bulldogs play for the Barker-Whitten trophy, named in honour of two legends of the clubs who both lost their lives to cancer.
The trophy, which the two teams have contested since 2000 pays tribute to the two men as well as their respective foundations - the Trevor Barker foundation and the EJ Whitten foundation.
Heartland Partner - Sacred Heart Mission
In 1982 Parish Priest Father Ernie Smith, motivated by this gospel message, opened his door and shared a meal with a man who was homeless. It was this first act of generosity which led to the formation of Sacred Heart Mission to provide the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, emergency relief, accommodation and companionship.
A small team of committed staff and parishioners from St Kilda West helped prepare simple meals out of the presbytery's kitchen. Within a year more than 70 people were arriving each day for lunch. This led to the use of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall as the Dining Hall. Today, the Dining Hall continues to be the heart of the Mission and provides breakfast and lunch every day of the year for hundreds of people in need. The Sacred Heart Mission also enter a team, the Hearts, in the Reclink AFL competition.