Social gatherings & Community Events

Social gatherings and community events present an opportunity for fundraising.  You don’t need us to tell you of all the ways to do this:

  • Sausage sizzle at a sporting event, market or community gathering
  • Garage sale
  • Cake or biscuit bake
  • Sponsorship for a walk or run, bike ride, horse ride, car rally or golf day
  • Coin box at an event or on the counter of the local pharmacy, petrol station, pizza shop or supermarket
  • Gold coin day at a function, meeting, school or group you belong to
  • Ask people to give to HSP Research, rather than presents at birthday parties, family get-togethers and Christmas. People can give securely online.

Think about it next time you are involved in something… Or start something yourself. Just email us if you would like our help in making something happen.

Local organisations

Local organisations often do one or more fundraisings for charity each year – service clubs such as Lions and Rotary, RSLs and other clubs – garden clubs, car clubs, sporting clubs, bridge clubs, bowls clubs, and so on.

Sometimes they raise funds for their own organisation but give some of that to a charity.  Other times they are happy to run a special event just for a charity.

Contact your local organisations and see if they will help out. Get involved, get your family and relatives involved with local clubs and community groups and make them aware of HSP and the HSP Research Foundation.

If you might have an opportunity to approach a local organisation about fundraising for HSP, and you would like some help with that, email us and we will give you all the support needed to help make that happen.

Company Giving & Employee matching programs

Business organisations appreciate the need to be, and be seen as, good members of their local community.  This may take the form of a working bee to paint the hall or clubhouse of a sporting club, organising a day outing for disadvantaged kids or a company giving program where a percentage of profits are gifted to charity.

Employee matching programs are becoming increasingly popular, where employees initiate fundraising for causes of their choice and the company matches their fundraising on some basis such as dollar-for-dollar. Ask the company you work for about giving or employee-matching programs and let us know!

Success stories

  • Natalie ran in Sydney’s City to Surf run to raise funds on behalf of her daughter.  Sponsors she rallied in her community contributed over $17,000 to the team.
  • Jason is a car club enthusiast and a member of the Foundation since inception in 2005.  His car club, the Wollongong Street Machine, holds shows and events to display their much-loved, customised beauties.  From entry fees and sausage sizzles etc., the club gives to charities, including $500 for HSP research.
  • Col and Judy approached their garden club.  The club holds an Open Garden weekend and raises funds for worthy causes.  They told the committee about the HSP research program and the club has contributed regularly since.
  • Narelle had a 50th birthday coming up and invited 170 special people in her life.  She asked people to give to HSP research instead of presents.  Narelle’s husband Ian wrote the receipts for $2,000.  Narelle urges everyone to do the same when a special occasion arises.  She said “We were overwhelmed by people’s generosity and we are sure you will be too”.
  • Peter arranged for proceeds of a golf day at his local golf club to be donated to HSP research, and next thing we were being presented with a cheque for $1,000 at a small ceremony attended by committee member, Ken Price.


Remember that the Foundation receives no financial support at all from the government.  Without members’ fundraising efforts there would be no Gene Testing Service, there would be no stem cell research towards a cure for HSP, there will be no clinical trials. Every cent counts in funding research for a cure.