As part of the Liberty Mutual Group, whose mission is to 'help people lead safer, more secure lives', Liberty International Underwriters is proud to support the following charity organisations, among others:
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
Liberty Australia contributes towards the research costs of a PhD project at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, whose Youth Mental Health team plays a key role in the Optimising Early Interventions for Young People with Emerging Mood Disorders (OPTYMISE) research initiative.
Launched as a Centre of Research Excellence in 2014 and funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, OPTYTMISE brings together key researchers to target better mental health for young people.
Studio A in Sydney supports the work of artists living with intellectual disability, helping them achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
Artists working with Studio A have access to a fully-equipped studio space and support staff, as well as weekly workshop run by invited established artists. The Studio A artists work in a range of mediums and their work is strategically marketed to a diverse range of art, design, craft and corporate markets.
Studio A operates as a social enterprise and revenue raised by its activities is reinvested in the program; however, income generated by the sale of artwork benefits the artists directly. The studio supports the artists' sense of belonging, self-esteem and future aspirations, and reduces the stigma associated with disability in the wider community.
Liberty Australia is pleased to support this inspiring organisation. Studio A artists regularly design and make the decorations for the Liberty Sydney Christmas party and, in late 2017, the Liberty Sydney Finance team spent a rewarding day working alongside the artists.
The Nelune Foundation is a not-for profit charity that is committed to 'helping patients fight cancer with dignity'. It supports people of all ages and their families cope with cancer by providing support, care and post-operative medical aids not covered by government or private funding.
Founded in 2001 by Nelune Rajapakse OAM and Anna Guillan AM, the foundation has so far raised over $21 million for its ongoing projects, including cancer care services for children, young adults and adults at hospitals in greater-metropolitan Sydney, Orange and Bathurst; the world-class Nelune Centre in Darlinghurst; the new Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick; and the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research, inaugurated in 2017.
Liberty is pleased to contribute towards this worthwhile charity organisation.
Mapuordit Hospital, South Sudan
Liberty contributes towards the salary of a nurse based at the Mary Immaculate Dor Mapuordit Hospital (MIH) in South Sudan. The hospital, situated 75 km southwest of Rumbek, was founded in 2002 and is managed for the diocese of Rumbek by the Comboni Missionaries Congregation.
MIH has six wards and 113 beds serving a catchment population of 12,585. The buildings and facilities have gradually been upgraded over time, and now include an operating theatre and a solar system to generate electricity and drive the water pumps. Over the years, Liberty has donated a purpose-built vaccine fridge; funded the building of a new Maternity ward latrine; contributed to the rebuild of a Surgical ward latrine and a new ECG mahine; and provided a salary top-up for graduate nursing and laboratory staff.
Malaria is the principal condition treated in the outpatients department, followed by respiratory illness and gastrointestinal illnesses.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Liberty Brisbane has supported Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMHSEQ) for a decade. Over the years, Liberty staff have assisted at the RMHSEQ 'Impact Day' programme, supported the RMHSEQ Red Boot Hoot Gala Ball and Red Boot Golf Day, and engaged with vulnerable families by coming into the house to cook for them.
In March 2017, Liberty Brisbane hosted brokers, solicitors and loss assessors at our fourth annual Charity Corporate Tennis Day at the Queensland Tennis Centre. As usual, 100 per cent of funds raised on the day were donated to Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland and their Power of Love Campaign.
While guests enjoyed a sausage sizzle, celebrity athletes including Ian Heally, Craig Burns, Ryall Harris, Rhys Howden, Taylor McKeown, Bronte Barratt, Dane Bird Smith, Wally Fullerton, Trevor Gillmeister - and Ronald - played a fun game with oversized racquets. Later, teams played hotshots before the Fast4 tennis draw.
SCOSA is a long-standing provider of disability services in South Australia. It was founded in Adelaide in 1950, and today operates across Adelaide and selected regional areas of South Australia, providing individually tailored programmes for people living with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, and vision or hearing impairment. SCOSA programmes are aimed at developing participants' skills while they are having fun.
Liberty Adelaide staff and their families joined in the fun this year.
Think Fragile X Foundation
The Think Fragile X Foundation was founded in 2013 by Maria Goss when both her sons were diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). FXS is a genetic syndrome that causes intellectual disability as well as a range of behavioural, learning and physical challenges. It is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, and the most common genetic cause of autism.
Matt Gibbs of Liberty Perth recently handed over a cheque on behalf of Liberty in support of this worthwhile cause.