OC Connections holds three major fundraising events each year – our annual charity golf day, our Winter Appeal and Christmas Tree Festival.
Together we can make a difference
Did you know that there are still a number of things not covered by the NDIS? In fact, now more than ever, we rely on fundraising to help us ensure that people of all abilities can access the things they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.
From purchasing beds, buses, and education aids through to promoting art programs and buying new sporting equipment, the money we raise through our OC-Achieve Fund helps participants learn new skills, improve their independence and build confidence in their daily lives.
With your help, we can make a difference.
Where the money will go
OC Connections wants to create as many possibilities as we can to bring dignity and independence to people with disability by providing them with access to supports that assist them to live independently and to actively engage in their communities.
When you donate to the OC-Achieve fund, you are helping people with disabilities to achieve
their personal goals and live an independent and fulfilling life.
Thanks to the amazing support of people just like you, the OC-Achieve fund has been
previously funded the purchase of:
- Sporting equipment so that participants learn new skills, increase their health and fitness, and build the confidence to join a local club
- iPads to improve participants education and communication
- Public art exhibitions in which participants have showcased and sold their artwork
- Funded the support for individuals to present at a statewide advocacy conference
- New furniture for our short-term accommodation facility.
Your valuable contribution (great or small) is much appreciated and will be added to the OC Achieve Fund to be used to provide people with the opportunities to achieve their goals from assistive technology through to support to gain employment. A tax-deductible receipt will be provided to you for donations over $2.
What is the OC Achieve Fund?
We all have goals and dreams, some small some big. By giving generously to the OC Achieve fund you can help an individual achieve their own personal goals.
The OC-Achieve Fund is a charitable fund which is solely dedicated to paying for
necessary items that are not covered by the NDIS. Underpinned by our unique OC-Achieve Model, the goals of the OC-Achieve Fund is to support people with disabilities to:
- Pursue dreams and aspirations
- Integrate into their community in a meaningful way
- Be supported to learn new skills and have new experiences
- Develop a sense of purpose and belonging
- Be heard and valued, accepted and included.
Your donation will go directly towards:
Help us achieve
“I want to get out in the community and explore the city."
“ A garden would be nice to grow vegetables and then cook them."
“ I like to explore Melbourne and buy my own lunch to eat with my friends."
“It would be good to play table tennis in a competition."
Your support is greatly appreciated! And just to show you how much, a few of our people got together to say ‘thank you’.
Christmas Tree Festival
Our popular festival originally began in the 1960s in the backyard of Frank Burton, whose daughter attended our day support services. In time the festival grew and is today our biggest fundraiser, attracting generations of families who regard buying one of our trees as a Christmas tradition.
Each year, more than 1500 trees are sold by a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time throughout the week and on weekends to help people find that perfect pine. The festival runs throughout December.
To pre-order your Christmas trees, click here
Our fundraising events rely heavily on the support of our volunteers. To help us run these fun and exciting events, please click here
Corporate Charity Golf Day
Held each year at Melbourne’s prestigious Metropolitan Golf Club, our charity golf day attracts support from corporate partners, business associates and the broader OC Connections’ community.
An incredibly popular event, the day draws keen golfers from across Melbourne eager to play at one of the country’s best courses.
There are many ways to support our golf day:
- Register yourself or a team to play
- Take advantage of OC Connections’ generous sponsorship opportunities
- Donate prizes for the raffle.
As spots for this event fill quickly, we advise those interested to register early.