Camp Brainwave – New South Wales

From 23 to 25 May, 14 Brainwave families descended on YMCA Yarramundi in NSW’s beautiful Hawkesbury Valley for a weekend of fun, adventure and personal challenge. Camp kicked off with a bush dance to break the ice and followed on Saturday and Sunday with activities definitely not for the feint hearted. These included a flying fox, a 20-metre-high giant swing and a 10-metre-high rock wall. Families were treated to a reptile encounter show and roasted marshmallows over a camp fire.

Special thanks once again to our Ferrero volunteers for their support. Without our volunteers we simply couldn’t deliver these well loved events.

Family fun on the farm for Brainwave’s 20th anniversary

On Sunday 18 May, Brainwave Patron, swim star Michael Klim, helped Brainwave celebrate its 20th birthday at Collingwood Children’s Farm with cake, guinea pigs and plenty of smiling kids.

Klim was joined by his wife Lindy, a Brainwave Ambassador, as well as fellow Patron and broadcaster Shawn Cosgrove, Founder Jo Nicholls, Chairman David Blackley, Royal Children’s Hospital surgeon Geoffrey Klug, Junior Ambassador Tiffany Wasnig, other key Brainwave supporters, board members and sponsorship partners including senior executives and volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Australia, and a host of Brainwave families.

For two decades Brainwave Australia has been supporting families caring for kids with brain injuries and illnesses. To celebrate this achievement Brainwave families from far and wide converged on the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Sunday 18 May for a day of pony rides, fire trucks, guinea pig cuddles, music, face painting, tractor rides, a big BBQ lunch and, of course, kilos of birthday cake. Former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim and his wife Lindy, both passionate supporters of Brainwave, were on hand to help cut the 1.5-metre-wide birthday cake and put smiles back on the faces of sick kids.

Brainwave founder Jo Nicholls launched the organisation in response to her son Nic’s brain tumour diagnosis at age six. She saw how many families struggled to cope with the financial, emotional and social pressures of providing ongoing care for children suffering from everything from stroke to epilepsy.

Jo says bringing families together for days of free fun like Sunday’s party is central to Brainwave’s work. “When children are sick, life can become awfully serious,” Jo says. “We find that not only children but siblings and parents too really need the chance to relax and laugh together. It relieves the stress and isolation many are feeling, and builds friendships with others facing similar challenges.”

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Furry fun at Featherdale

On Sunday 30th March 2014, the scaly, feathery and furry inhabitants of Featherdale Wildlife Park helped sick children forget their struggles for a day and rediscover the joys of being a kid.Lucy - Brainwave, Featherdale WL Park-12

36 children who suffer from a variety of brain illness and injuries joined in the fun with their parents and siblings. In total more than 25 families got the chance to build family bonds and connect with other families, whilst getting up close and personal with a variety of animals including an adorable one year old wombat and an interesting looking shingleback lizard.  Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Trophy Golf Day

Group Shot 2 (2)A huge thanks to Mercedes-Benz Berwick for raising $7000 at their recent trophy golf day hosted at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club on Monday 24th February 2014.

Golfers enjoyed a day filled with beautiful warm weather,with Ambassador, Golf Professional and Sports Radio Host Mark Allen followed by dinner which was attended by Brainwave Chairman, David Blackley who gratefully accepted a big cheque on behalf of Brainwave.

Bialik College fundraiser

Thank you to the teachers and students at Bialik College for their ‘Ride The Wave’ fundraiser which raised $575.50 through the sale of colourful ribbons and bandanas in aid of Brainwave from 7 – 16 August.

Tharuna Youth Group annual gala

A big thank you to Tharuna Youth Group who held its annual charity gala on 23 August at The Epping Club and raised a fantastic $1,926.

The night was attended by 150 guests who were entertained by hosts Sohran and Marni from Triple H and several performances from young people within the Sri Lankan community.

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Marshall Motors supports Brainwave

A successful day of golfing saw Marshalls Motors raise $2200 for Brainwave Australia.

Marshalls Motors, Mercedes-Benz corporate golf day, held on the 6th September at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club Luddenham, Sydney, attracted over 100 Marshalls clients. After an exciting day of golf, guests were invited to the clubhouse for a presentation dinner, with guest speakers Matty Johns, Wendell Sailor, Nathan Hindmarsh & Luke Burt.

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Sydney Gala 2013

Sydney’s Hyde Park formed the beautiful backdrop for this year’s Brainwave Fundraising Gala which was held at Doltone Houses’ newest venue and raised just over $69,000.

Hosted by the very glamorous Sophie Falkiner, our guests were entertained by the amazing strings of Elektra and danced the night away to the modern and classic tunes of The Party Mode. Auctioneer and Brainwave Patron Shawn Cosgrove was on hand to get bidders vying for some amazing auction items and Brainwave mother, Jenny McIntosh, held guests attention with her moving speech about her son Winston and the impact having a child with a brain illness has on her and her family. Read More »

Healesville Sanctuary Family Fun Day

The Melbourne weather turned it on for our Family Day at Healesville Sanctuary on Sunday 15th September.

35 families joined Brainwave staff and their families, Founder/Director of Brainwave Josephine Nicholls and staff from Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific for a delicious BBQ lunch, wild face painting and up close encounters with Australia’s very own wildlife Chantilly the Goanna and Twiggy the Tawny Frogmouth. Read More »

Melbourne Gala 2013

What an astounding success this year’s Melbourne gala was. Hosted at the glamorous waterfront Peninsula at Docklands, all 412 guests looked stunning in their evening wear.

The evening began with a spectacular performance by the gorgeous girls of Elektra with their electric violins, cello and sequined dresses. MC Nick McCallum kept the evening on track and revealed his own personal connection to the charity through his nephew, who sustained a brain injury in a skateboarding accident.

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