Our entire team values the importance of charitable giving in the communities in which we operate, as well as helping our chosen charities reach their goals. Our philanthropic activities have proven to be a great way for our team to bond and share the wonderful experience of helping others less fortunate.
2016 – Donation to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation
We donated funds to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation which helped purchase two much needed medical devices at The Special Care Nursery located in St George Hospital.
2015 – Donation to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation
In November 2015 we donated $25,000 to purchase the Fairy Tree that is located in the Happy Garden at Randwick Children’s Hospital. The Happy Garden is located on a sunny, open‐air balcony on level one at the Hospital. The space provides sick children the chance to heal quickly in a cheerful, healthy, sunlit environment.
2015 – The Nappy Collective Nappy Drive
The Nappy Collective is a collaborative community initiative run by volunteers. This group of volunteers coordinate the annual Nappy Drive, where they collect leftover unused disposable nappies and redistribute them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need. In 2015 our centres collected 1000 unwanted disposable nappies! In 2016 we collected 363 nappies! Owners Anastasia and Simon matched the nappes 1:1, so in total 700 nappies were donated to this fantastic cause.
2015 – Finalists- St George Local Business Awards
What better competition than your own sister centre? Whatever the outcome, we were thrilled both Happy Feet Child Care Centre and Giggles Early learning Centres were finalists in the 2016 St George Local Business Awards.
2013 – Children in the Community
As part of our sustainability program, we take our older class at Giggles Early Learning Centre to help out with planting and gardening at a local nursing home. Each month the children get to spend some quality time with seniors in our community and learn more about sustainability.
2012 – Donation to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation
After successful feedback from St George hospital from our first donated infant resuscitation cot, we donated another $30,000 for the purchase of another one for our other local hospital- Sutherland!
2011 – Humpty Dumpty Foundation – Humpty’s Hike
One mountain, one hundred women, one goal – conquering Mt Kosciuszko for Kids! Natalie Smith -Director of Giggles ELC, alongside Anastasia Papadopoulos (owner) of Giggles ELC, The Little Cottage and Happy Feet, we raised $20,000 in support of buying medical equipment for our local children’s ward at St George Hospital.
2011 – Oxfam Trailwalker – 100km walk
Anastasia Papadopoulos and Jenni O’Grady defy the odds… and make it! Walking 100km for Oxfam’s Trailwalker challenge and raising $20,000!
2010 – Humpty Dumpty Foundation – Mt Kilimanjaro Climb
The trip of a life time! Anastasia Papadopoulos climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to raise much needed funds. In total, the ‘Kili Group’ raised $1 million dollars!
2010 – Fundraiser – The Humpty Dumpty Foundation
Anastasia Papadopoulos and Simon Leverton hosted a dinner event with friends and families of Giggles ELC and The Little Cottage with the aim of raising funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. $30,000 was raised that evening!
2010 – Promoted Humpty Dumpty Foundation at Westpac Kingsgrove
Anastasia Papadopoulos helped raise awareness of The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the great work they do for our local hospitals! A promotional stand was set up inside the bank, promotional material handed out and the community donated generously.
2010 – Humpty Dumpty Foundation Ball
The team celebrating and supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation at their annual Ball.
2010 – Humpty Dumpty Foundation – Purchase of Infant Resuscitation Cot
$70,000 in total was raised for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation in 2010. This allowed for the purchase of a much needed infant resuscitation cot for our much loved local St George Hospital.
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation generously places a plaque on all medical equipment from its supporters. To do this day, we still receive photos of newborns inside the resuscitation cot-from families of our local community or area, that recognise our centres, or have been part of our childcare centre community, with a message thanking us for making this equipment available for their child”.
It’s moments like these that keep us motivated and inspired to keep raising funds and continue our philanthropic activities. The rest of the funds went toward a Movement Centre at Westmead Hospital.
2008 – Donation to Fijian Child Care Centre
In 2008 Anastasia Papadopoulos and her family went to Fiji for a holiday. They located a local child care centre on one of their walks. This little child care centre was very under resourced. Hence, whilst they were there they decided to visit the local town and purchase pencils, paper and other very useful resources for them. They also donated all of their son’s books they had taken for their trip. Upon returning home, The little Cottage and Giggles ELC, invited families to donate all pre-loved books and toys. In addition, they purchased numerous books, stationary such as pencils, exercise books and scissors and had a very happy parcel delivered back to the child care centre inFiji! This experience marked the beginning of a wonderful charitable journey from our organisation.