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The Cause

Help give kids the best possible start in life.

This is your chance to help raise money for children and adolescents supported by The Benevolent Society's youth services programs. High impact, life changing programs like The Shack and Claymore Kids Action Network (CKAN Do), support youth learning and help give our disadvantaged young people a better outcome in life.

Children and adolescents supported by our youth services programs are often deemed 'at-risk'. With the help of programs like The Shack and CKAN Do we're turning children's lives around for good by helping them build the right frameworks in their lives to better manage the challenges they face growing up.

We need you to keep these programs running so we can help more children change their lives. Help us break the cycle of disadvantage.
Register and start fundraising today!

How can you help?

This year we're kicking Race for Change into high gear!

If each team raises at least $5,000 we'll have the $200,000 we need to deliver these life changing programs to disadvantaged youth across Sydney. With that kind of effort, you and your team will be able to make a real and lasting impact on the lives of these children.

The community response to our youth services programs has been overwhelmingly positive – we know these programs work. Now, we need your help to keep these programs growing.

Why do we need your help?

The Benevolent Society's youth services programs operate in some of Sydney's most disadvantaged suburbs

The challenges our youth face are:

  • Poverty – with widespread unemployment and welfare dependency, the average household income is less than $600 a week
  • Poor quality accommodation – living in low-quality accommodation prevents them from studying to the best of their ability
  • Pressure – many of our youth come from families that are experiencing significant trauma. The emotional pressures and stress can cause them to act out or place them at risk of mental health issues like depression, anxiety and eating disorders
  • High rates of violence and crime – many of our youth are vulnerable to the external pressures of crime and violence, our programs show them another path and helps support them on their way
  • Starting from behind – Our tutoring programs help overcome the obstacles experienced with learning difficulties.

Programs supported by Race for Change 2016

Claymore Kids Action Network (CKAN Do)

CKAN Do provides support where it's needed most.

Through holiday activities, workshops and tutoring, CKAN Do is providing kids with the tools they need to create better lives. By working in consultation with local kids and their families, we know these programs address a real community-identified need.

We're all about investing now so our kids have better prospects for the future. We want long-term impact. That means more kids stay in school, fewer kids turn to crime, and a community that is better able to support its young people. CKAN Do is helping to make this a possibility.

Find out more about CKAN Do

The Shack

The Shack has been helping to nurture and change young lives since 1990.

With a focus on fighting the outcomes of poverty, isolation and social exclusion, this crucial service equips young people with the physical and emotional support they need to make better life decisions.

The Shack is all about creating a positive impact on the lives of young people today so we create healthier, happier adults tomorrow. Their work is applauded by local police and educators, who both work closely with the programs helping to make this a truly community-orientated initiative.

Find out more about The Shack

Make a real and lasting difference in the lives of these children and adolescents by registering a team and fundraising in this year’s Race for Change.

Thanks for your support!

Please register or donate today!

Who are we?

The Benevolent Society is Australia’s first charity. Since 1813, we have identified major social challenges and worked to meet them head on. A non-religious organisation, we aim to tackle social inequality by building caring and inclusive communities. We deliver leading edge programs and services, find innovative solutions to complex social challenges and call for a more just society.

Our strength lies in our expertise across the lifespan: supporting women, children, families and older people; and in our social leadership, professional and community development work. Find out more about us.

Race for Change | 2016
  • Raised So Far
  • $142,951.97
  • Help us raise vital funds

Top Individuals

  • Stephen Hawkins Steve the Baer $7,700.00
  • Michael Hunter Michael Hunter $5,605.90
  • Brett Shearer Brett Shearer $4,426.76

Top Teams

  • Sandesh Sidhu Fort Street Advisers $17,353.80
  • Ben Evans NAB Corporate Property $10,663.69
  • Rod Ellwood Perpetual in Motion $8,559.82