We are most pleased to announce that our pitch during a live crowdfunding event hosted and organised by The Funding Network on 19 October 2017 was successful beyond our wildest expectations.

The passionate and heartfelt presentations by Rose Cuff (our Executive Founder) and Addy Dunkley-Smith (one of our amazing young leaders) — during which they talked about the plight of children and young people whose parent has a mental illness, the work that Satellite does with them and their families, and the results of Satellite’s programs in turning their lives around — resulted in pledged donations amounting to $30,000. It was both a wonderful and truly humbling outcome.


Satellite Executive Director Rose Cuff (middle) Young Leaders Nethaniel and Addy are all smiles after learning the results of the pledges

We are most grateful to The Funding Network for all their work in putting together this annual event, which helps many grassroot organisations and nonprofits throughout Australia achieve their vision.

We are also grateful to Beth Wilson AM, our wonderful ambassador, who was also our advocate on the night. She did a brilliant job conveying the impact of our work to many young people and families, and held the crowd spellbound by her passion and sincerity. We couldn’t have done it without you, Beth.



Satellite ambassador Beth Wilson AM

We also thank law firm Clayton Utz who has supported us many times previously, and whose office in Melbourne served as the venue for the event.

Finally, we thank our generous donors, the majority of whom just learned of Satellite Foundation for the first time that evening, for pledging donations and validating our work. We’ve had so many come to us afterwards to tell us how our cause resonated with them , and to offer their help in other ways.

The funds raised will go towards the continuation of our work in training young leaders, supporting children through peer support and mentorship, helping children and young people living in families where a parent has a mental illness develop strength and resilience, and giving them all hope for a brighter future.

We cannot fully express our heartfelt gratitude for everyone who supported us, and still continue to support us. We can only hope that our ongoing work with children and young people living in families where a parent has a mental illness will keep making a difference in the children’s and young people’s lives, and help them build a future free from mental illness and the disadvantages it brings.