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Two Worthy Causes, Close To My Heart

SchoolAid

​In 1999 while working as a school principal I discovered that Australian youth have rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide at some of the highest rates in the world!

I believe that whatever we focus on expands so with a solution mindset, I started SchoolAid in belief is that through giving being kind our young people will develop a deeper sense of perspective about the world and their (privileged) place in it, while developing leadership skills and being empowered to make a difference.

Since then and in conjunction with Australian principals’ associations, SchoolAid has supported over 75 campaigns & raised over $6.6 million for projects, here and across the world.

I guess that we are trying to develop the next generation of philanthropists.

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With the Governor-General & Lady Cosgrove
in our tent at Government House, Canberra

Learn More About School Aid Projects

2023 Turkey & Syria earthquake appeal
School-lead fundraising campaigns
Light Up Vanuatu

Why SchoolAid?

Sean speaks at a reception hosted by the Governor-General of Australia

Since inception in 1999 and in conjunction with Australian principals’ associations,
SchoolAid has supported over 75 campaigns & raised $6.6 million for projects, here and across the world.

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Why?

6.9% of young people (11-year-olds) experience anxiety
19% of people aged 15-24 had anxiety in 2020 – 2021 (ABS statistics)
Over 9000 calls to Kids Helpline specifically relating to Suicide.
80% of school leaders say ** student anxiety is a problem.
90% of school leaders say ** they don’t have the resources to fix it.
** Michael Hawton – Parent Workshop data

How?

SchoolAid aims to be part of the solution by providing a resource for parents and teachers. Our current focus is on four key areas:

Distribution of our Schools – Social Action Kit
Unique & safe crowdfunding platform specifically for young people
SchoolAid leadership program – called KATs
National School Accreditation Program
National School Accreditation Program
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SchoolAid’s Patron, the Governor-General of Australia

His Excellency, General, The Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

We were delighted when on 8th August 2019, His Excellency, General the Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) agreed to become Patron of SchoolAid. When speaking at a SchoolAid event recently His Excellency had the following to say:

“SchoolAid helps young people experience the power of giving. They support students to be involved in philanthropy, empowering them and encouraging kindness, compassion, and community-mindedness.

To volunteer your time for the benefit of others, to give generously, to be compassionate, to be kind, to be selfless — these are wonderful values to aspire to and they will stand you in good stead in life.”

Its Time Foundation

It's Time Foundation

Since 2008 I have been privileged to serve as a Director on the Board of Its Time Foundation established by a lifelong friend Rob Edwards. The purpose of this organisation is to provide clean green solar power to schools in the Pacific Islands (Fiji) in place of dirty diesel power that is only available by generators a couple of hours each day. The impact this has on education and health outcomes for these remote communities is extraordinary and the benefits will be felt for generations.

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Among all the things we strive for, or place importance upon, as we climb our ladder in life, we all know that maxim “you can’t take it with you” is the truth. The reality is, that day will come for each of us when we look back and wonder if we have lived “a good life”: a life you were proud of; a life your family was proud of; one that others spoke well of when you were gone. Better to think about that early I reckon and be sure you have your ladder propped up against the right wall as you climb to the top in your life.

If not for community we really cease to exist. If we are fortunate to live in a community where our days are not spent simply surviving, we must have opportunities to do more, be more and have more. We are destined to grow – its natural – and since there is no static we are either growing and developing or disintegrating. It seems to me that someone who produces more and therefore has more, can do more in the community – at least, they ought to.

When speaking about living “a good life” that wonderful teacher, Jim Rohn, suggested that… 

“it is our responsibility to produce enough to cover our own needs”. If we don’t, then we must draw from the community to survive and that is not sustainable. Rohn then says: “Once we have produced enough for our own needs it then becomes a responsibility to help those who do not produce enough for themselves”.

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