Heritage charity golf day raises $40,000 for local charities

Boost for AEIOU Foundation’s work helping children with autism in Toowoomba

AEIOU Foundation’s inspiring work helping young children with autism in Toowoomba received a boost today as one of five local organisations sharing in the $40,000 raised by Heritage Building Society’s annual charity golf day.

AEIOU Foundation’s Toowoomba centre provides an early intervention program to support 15 children aged two and a half to five years who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

AEIOU Foundation will share the charity golf day proceeds with the Endeavour Foundation, Kiyua Performing Arts Inc, Teen Challenge Queensland and the Toowoomba Police Citizens Youth Club.

Heritage CEO John Minz visited AEIOU Foundation’s Toowoomba centre today to present the funds to the beneficiaries.

Mr Minz said the golf day was originally scheduled last December but heavy rain forced its postponement to 4 March this year – ironically, it rained again.

“We couldn’t let the weather stop an event that does such a great job raising money to support organisations that help make our community a better place,” Mr Minz said.

“This was the 13th annual Heritage charity golf day, and altogether we have donated almost $400,000 to local organisations thanks to the funds raised in that period. That’s a fantastic boost for the important community activities that these groups undertake.

“The support of generous sponsors including Allianz Australia Limited, R&O Communication and ANZ Bank has built this event into a major fundraising day for local charities.

“Heritage takes great pride in our efforts to build and develop communities, and the golf day is a perfect example of how we continue to put People first in everything we do.”

AEIOU Foundation’s CEO Alan Smith said the contribution committed by Heritage Building Society will have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families attending the Foundation’s Toowoomba centre.

“These are much-needed funds to help maintain our high quality program,” Mr Smith said. “We will use the proceeds to purchase educational resources including occupational therapy equipment to promote fine and gross motor skills.

“We are also looking at IT resources such as a computer for staff to collaborate with parents on, so they can create visual schedules and social stories to use at home. We are also trialing the use autism specific applications on an iPad right now, and it has been very successful. If possible, we would like to purchase new applications and additional iPads for the centre so all children can benefit from the programs on a more regular basis,” Mr Smith said.

AEIOU Foundation is a reputable Queensland based organisation and one of Australia’s largest providers of early intervention for children diagnosed with autism aged two and a half to five years.

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