Rett Syndrome (RTT) is a genetic disorder in which the brain does not mature in the way it should. For affected children, this period of their lives can be marked by very serious challenges including loss of communication, mobility, intellectual disability and breathing problems.
RTT has been an active area of research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where the focus is to develop and apply advanced gene-editing technologies to discover a cure for the syndrome. Yieldbroker’s charitable donations have helped tremendously advance the research on RTT, and this will continue again this year in support of further medical studies. The donation will be made through the Hospital’s Annual Telethon whereby all money donated will be doubled via matching donors.
Brett Anslow (First Sentier Investors) has a daughter, Holly, with Rett Syndrome. At the previous rate of funding, research to find a cure was estimated to take up to 10 years. With the support and fundraising from Yieldbroker spanning across 4 years, Holly and other children like her, may see a cure in less time!
Mirabel Foundation is an Australian charity assisting children aged 0-17 years who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use, and that are now in the care of extended family (often elderly grandparents).
The Charity’s mission is to break the destructive cycle of drug addiction, and helping to restore a child’s sense of self-worth, belonging and hope for the future in order for them to reach their full potential as young adults. Each year the demand for Mirabel’s services increases by at least 20%.
Our partnership with Mirabel was formed in 2020, where the first donation was used to purchase the Charity’s first vehicle, and the subsequent donation to sponsor several key initiatives including social inclusion and therapy programs. Collectively our donations have made a significant difference through and post Covid-19. This year, Yieldbroker’s contribution will go towards more therapy programs as well as other events to raise awareness and funds.
Young Adult Stroke Foundation
Appointed as a charity partner for the first time this year, Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to further research, prevent stroke, save lives, and enhance recovery. In particular, they stand alongside stroke survivors and their families, healthcare professionals and researchers, in the collective goal to build community awareness and foster new thinking and innovative treatments.
This year Yieldbroker’s contribution will go towards a cause that is particularly important to the Yieldbroker family - the Tim Glendinning Memorial Fund for Young Adult Stroke. This dedicated fund aims to improve the lives of young adults affected by stroke as well as to further research into causes of young adult stroke which is on the rise in the age group of 35 to 54 years. Specifically:
- Provide support and advice to young adult survivors of stroke and their families
- Improve the environments in which young adult stroke survivors are provided care
- Support research into undiagnosed stroke causes
- Fight stigma that young adults may feel after stroke
Wounded Heroes Australia
Wounded Heroes is a national community organisation that supports Veterans and their families in financial crisis, homelessness, and suffering from other hardships. This is principally done by providing short-term emergency relief payments to individuals and their families, although funds are also available for other purposes where a need exists. Wounded Heroes are first responders to calls for help, when speed is critical and no other services are available.
Many veterans return with PTSD or other various inflictions and find it incredibly difficult to readjust to civilian and home life. The consequences of this are severe including high rates of mental disorders - 50% within 12 months of discharge; homelessness - 5,767 reported in 12 months; suicide rates that are much higher than the community; and complete breakdown in family units. Covid has had a significant impact on this demographic and their impacted families, now with up to 50 emergency calls for help per day.
Working in partnership since 2021, Yieldbroker’s contribution will continue to provide first line emergency assistance, in particular to helping service families in need with necessary items like food and accommodation.