The Tee-Up for Kids Foundation has been established to encourage all golfers – both professional and amateur - to promote the education, safety and well-being of children who are living in out-of-home care in Victoria.
The Foundation believes the generosity of golfers will give the children the education to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Education is the key to the future success of these children. It is the primary objective of the Foundation to raise funds for these children's educational purposes.
Under the guidance of the former Principal Commissioner for the Commission for Children and Young People in Victoria, Bernie Geary OAM, the Foundation seeks to integrate more than 6,400 children living in care in Victoria back into the community to give them a chance in life.
The Foundation aims to utilise monies raised to assist children in :
Wellness – Providing pathways for children to deal with their trauma.
Community Integration – Creating openings for participation in both social and recreational activities.
Education – Encouraging the pursuit of learning and work skills.
These children are vulnerable because of the substantial levels of trauma they have suffered. Much of it has been caused by severe abuse and/or neglect. Their trauma is not visible, but their needs are real.
Clinical research shows that fundamental sound care, supported by appropriate professional services, can make a difference in assisting even the most damaged children achieve happier lives and brighter futures.
With more than 500,000 Victorians playing golf each year and spending more than $601 million annually in the pursuit of their passion, the game, the industry and its patrons now have the potential to make a major difference to these young people's lives.
This is a major community cause and one that will be recognised around the world.