Our Longest Community Relationship
At ALDI, 2018 marks a momentous year for our community partnerships. We’re delighted to be celebrating an incredible 15 years of supporting Barnardos Australia, one of Australia’s leading children’s charities. Since 2003, ALDI has provided Barnardos with donations of toys, books, clothing, furniture, and funds in support of their vital mission - keeping kids safe.
Our work supporting Barnardos helps them create a better, safer future for all Aussie kids, no matter their background. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to play even a small part in improving the lives of thousands of children each year.
ALDI supports Barnardos by funding programs that help children and young people reach their full potential. Whether it’s reconnecting with family, supporting their education or providing assistance to youths at risk of homelessness or drug addiction, the work Barnardos does inspires us to do better, every day.
Enrich: Supporting Health and Wellbeing in School Children
In 2016, Barnardos and ALDI launched the Enrich program for school children. The scheme awards grants of up to $5,000 to schools to fund programs that benefit children’s health and wellbeing.
As of 2017, an amazing $300,000 has been distributed to schools across Australia, reaching over 19,000 children. We aim to reach 40,000 kids by the end of 2019.
The program helps kids understand the importance of healthy lifestyles, through classes on nutrition, breakfast clubs and wellbeing programs. It has helped children to understand where food comes from by supporting community gardens, and has sustained sports programs with new uniforms, equipment, and subsidised travel to finals and sports carnivals. We can’t help but feel good to know the positive impact Enrich has on children’s lives across Australia.
Enrich runs once a year, so to find out more or apply for a grant, visit: www.enrich.org.au.
Mother of the Year
This year, we’re honoured to work with Barnardos to support some everyday unsung heroes: mums. By supporting the Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards, we celebrate the incredible difference mums can make in the day-to-day lives of Australia’s kids. As our children’s strongest supporters, wisest teachers, and most patient therapists, mums have transformed the lives of young people across the country.
The awards are the largest and most recognised national award celebrating mothering. Through our support, we hope to honour and empower inspirational women in every state, and celebrate their heart-warming, tear-inducing, awe-inspiring stories. Now in its 23rd year, and held to align with Mother’s Day, Barnardos Mother of the Year showcases everyday mums and the great women who go over and above for our children and communities.
Find out more at motheroftheyear.org.au