Fundraising Events

Kelly’s story: Uncertainty the hardest part of homelessness

Oct 26, 2023

KELLY says the “unknown” is the hardest part of homelessness. “I had never been in that situation before, so it’s pretty hard,” she explains. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelly and her then-partner had well-paid jobs and structured lives. Yet a series of setbacks saw them camping on the beach at Robe with their children … Continued

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Jason, Peter and Shane at the Homelessness luncheon

Homelessness fundraiser raises close to $130,000 in a day

Aug 9, 2023

OUTSTANDING SUCCESS: Pictured above are 2023 Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon coordinator Jason Wallace, Premier Peter Malinauskas and ac.care chief executive officer Shane Maddocks celebrate the success of the luncheon, which raised close to $130,000 to support vulnerable people.

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Two weeks until major Limestone Coast charity luncheon

Jul 14, 2023

We have a fantastic afternoon planned with Premier Peter Malinauskas visiting as our guest speaker and capacity for 500 people to enjoy a long lunch while learning about ac.care

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Premier Peter Malinauskas to address Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon

Jun 29, 2023

PREMIER of South Australia Peter Malinauskas will visit Mount Gambier next month as the guest speaker for the Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon.

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Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon returns

May 22, 2023

ONE of the Limestone Coast’s biggest fundraising events is back to support the work of ac.care in supporting vulnerable people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

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Study shows vulnerable people priced out of housing

Apr 27, 2022
Vulnerable priced out of housing About ac.care's homelessness services Snapshot Methodology Findings in detail Policy Implications Vulnerable priced out of housingVulnerable priced out of housingA STUDY of properties available in southern country South Australia has found the private rental market is failing people on low incomes."Some people may have shelter or accommodation, but for many … Continued
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April date set for Support Homeless People Luncheon

Dec 20, 2021

REOPENING of state borders has prompted scheduling of Friday 8 April for the Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon at the Barn Palais. The announcement follows several COVID-19 induced postponements of the sold-out event. Everything that makes the luncheon special will remain the same, including keynote speaker Melanie Cooper OAM, emcee Rupert McCall AM and … Continued

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Donation Appeals

Blanket drive delivers winter warmth

Sep 21, 2021

MORE than 120 blankets and other winter warmers were donated to ac.care to support vulnerable people coping with cold conditions thanks to the TripleM and SAFM 96.1FM Limestone Coast 2021 blanket appeal. Community members and businesses dropped off items at the Mount Gambier and Millicent community centres, while the campaign also led to donations in … Continued

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Christmas cheer spread across the Murraylands

Sep 21, 2021

YOUNG people shared the festive spirit by taking part in the Communities for Children Murraylands Christmas tree decorating challenge facilitated by ac.care. Students from schools and kindergartens decorated white Christmas trees with themes of their choice, celebrating the festive season while being encouraged to practice team work, creativity and planning. “The ac.care Communities for Children … Continued

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Donation Stories

Winter warmer appeal calls on community to help bring comfort

Jun 3, 2024

DONATIONS of blankets, jumpers and other warm clothing and supplies are in demand by country agency ac.care as it works to support vulnerable people through the winter months. A pattern of icy cold weather is impacting people experiencing hardship across the Limestone Coast, Riverland and Murraylands, many of whom are already facing significant challenges due … Continued

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Trampoline donation brings joy to young girls in care

Sep 21, 2021

A GROUP of young girls in residential care were thrilled to receive a Vuly Ultra medium-sized trampoline recently when Vuly Play decided to donate one of the products to an ac.care therapeutic strength-based care home. The homes are staffed 24/7 by ac.care to care for and support children who are unable to live with their … Continued

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Broad community support spreads Christmas cheer

Sep 21, 2021

WE saw the generosity of regional communities at the end of a challenging 2020, with strong support for our Christmas appeals. Diverse donors, from church groups to service clubs, businesses, schools and individuals across our regions contributed, allowing us to spread some Christmas cheer to hundreds of vulnerable country South Australians. More than 200 children … Continued

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Food supplies help ease budget pressure

Sep 21, 2021

FOOD relief became increasingly important for vulnerable clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, with our sites offering free supplies of fresh produce, baked goods and other groceries. An ongoing partnership with national non-profit organisation SecondBite continued to result in significant weekly supplies to the Mount Gambier Community Centre. Meanwhile, connections with businesses across the regions, including … Continued

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acTIVE.care

 

Step up and make a difference

We need your help

ac.care is facing unprecedented demand for homelessness and emergency relief services in 2023.
A shortage of affordable housing, the rising cost of living and summer flooding in the Murraylands and Riverland has led to a growing number of people turning to ac.care’s services for support.

You can support people in country South Australia by committing to an acTIVE.care challenge.

Whether you choose to walk with family or friends, go to the gym or run a marathon, you can get active and challenge yourself while raising money for this important cause.

How do I get involved?

  1. Sign up below
  2. Fill in the “my story” section with your details about why you are raising money for ac.care and what challenge you have set yourself
  3. Nominate your fundraising target
  4. Share your fundraiser via social media and online to encourage your friends to contribute and help you reach your goal.

Or you can donate to a participant to help them reach their challenge goal!

Donations will allow ac.care to direct funds to the greatest needs for the vulnerable people they work with in regional South Australia.

Your contribution will make a difference!

The Homeless Grapes Project

 

Love a good story with a glass of red wine?

The 2018 Homeless Grapes Project Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with surplus Coonawarra grapes that didn’t have a home, but online retailer Vinomofo worked with vignerons, wineries and the community to use the fruit to make a unique drop to raise funds for ac.care.

Staff from our homelessness team volunteered their time to pick the grapes, Coonawarra wineries pitched in with the wine making process and now all proceeds from sales of the wine ($25 per bottle) are donated to ac.care to support services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in country South Australia.

Order yours today and share the story next time you enjoy a glass with a friend.

https://www.vinomofo.com/wines/red-wine/homeless-grapes-project-cabernet-sauvignon-2018/

Thanks to Vinomofo, Redman Wines, Brand & Sons Coonawarra, Hollick Estates, Patrick of Coonawarra, Raidis Estate and Penley Estate for their support in producing a great cabernet sauvignon and Torresan Estate, CCL Label, Visy and Orora for their contributions to the project.

Donations will allow ac.care to direct funds to the greatest needs for the vulnerable people they work with in regional South Australia.

Your contribution will make a difference!

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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