RACQ Foundation supports Sunshine Coast charity

The RACQ Foundation has provided much-needed funding to Sunshine Butterflies, a disability support charity on the Sunshine Coast.

When natural disasters strike the state the RACQ Foundation helps communities get back on their feet.

Over the past 12 months the Foundation has offered support to charities and organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sunshine Butterflies, a disability support charity on the Sunshine Coast, was one of the many charities who have received funding. 

The charity is a registered NDIS provider which offers a “one-stop shop” of educational and recreational disability support services at a two-hectare purpose-built property in Noosa. 

Their disability support services include early intervention programs, sporting and recreation programs, wellbeing and therapy services, plus animal enrichment sessions where families can interact with therapy animals at “Our Backyard”. 

The Foundation provided a grant of $7625 to cover the cost of animal food and veterinary costs for the therapy animals. 

Sunshine Butterflies Founder Leanne Walsh was relieved to receive the funding and said the help could not have come at a better time. 

“Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many of our members were unable to come and enjoy our therapy animals and the cost to care for them was enormous,” Ms Walsh said.   

“We have cows, a goat, several sheep, Jimmy the donkey, ducks, chickens, geese, guinea fowls, a family of peacocks, two miniature ponies, a horse, three dogs and Rosie the cat. 

“These furry and feathered friends share the paddocks and stable yards and help us deliver animal-assisted therapy and ‘farmability’ animal care programs to individuals living with disability.

“The grant from the RACQ Foundation came just at the right time, providing assistance to buy feed for our furry and feathered friends.”

RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini said while the Foundation’s Assistance Projects were postponed due to COVID-19, the team explored opportunities to give back to community charities and organisations affected by the pandemic. 

“We’re proud to offer support to Sunshine Butterflies who were in need of assistance during the pandemic,” Mr Contarini said. 

“It’s great to be able to assist a service that specialises in supporting families and individuals who live with a disability, as well as educating younger generations about disability, acceptance and inclusion.”