There are a number of ways you can support Karuna and care for people living with terminal illness the community. No matter how big or small your contribution, it will make a difference to us supporting people who wish live well and die peacefully.
As a registered not-for-profit, Karuna relies on and is supported by fundraising activities and donations alike. We appreciate the support of many community members and groups.
Make a Donation
Making a donation either via one of our regular appeals and newsletters or setting up a regular deduction from your bank account, your support will make real difference in helping Karuna provide specialist clinical care for clients and their families.
As Karuna offers a holistic model of palliative care, our service includes nursing, counselling and spiritual care services.
Receive our Newsletter
Karuna publishes two newsletter a year; Spring and Autumn. We distribute these via email and regular mail. Our newsletters are widely circulated and read, and include stories about our work in the community, events, profiles of our clients, their families and how your donation makes a difference every day.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible as Karuna is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Three quick ways you can support Karuna:
- Make a donation online here
- Become one of our regular donors by giving a fortnightly or monthly gift. For more information on setting this up please call our friendly fundraising team on 07 3632 8300 – they would love to talk to you about it
- Make a donation over the phone. Simply call our office 07 3632 8300 and one of our lovely fundraisers will assist you
Leave a Gift in Your Will
When writing your Will you may like to consider leaving a bequest to Karuna in support of our valuable work.
Donate in Memory
When someone close dies, leaving a special tribute is a meaningful way to honour their memory. It is with the support of the community we can work with other clients and their families to offer the choice to live at home for as long as possible whilst dealing with terminal illness.
You can set up an online tribute page as a way to share your story and celebrate the life of your loved one.
Organise a group tribute so that friends and family can join in and show their support for home-based palliative care.
Or simply make a one off donation to help us purchase a piece of important clinical equipment such as a nurses kit or replace one of our nurse’s motor vehicles.
Contact Karuna’s Community Relations Coordinator for more information on 3632 8300 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re here to help with any questions you may have on making a gift in memory of your special person.
Organise a Fundraiser
Many of our supporters organise fundraising events on behalf of Karuna. This can include a fun run, a dinner or movie night.
If you would like any information or materials to support your event, or just for some ideas, please contact us on 3632 8300 or email our fundraising team at email@example.com.
We’d love to hear your ideas!
Gifts such as nursing equipment, library resources, office equipment and raffle prizes for fundraising events are always kindly welcome. Please contact our office for details.
Volunteer – Donate your time and skills
Volunteering is a great way to make a rewarding contribution to your community and Karuna’s success is supported by a large community of volunteers who offer their skills and time for us in many ways.
If you have skills that you think can assist Karuna, with fundraising activities such as craft, administration and marketing, we’d love to hear from you.
You may also like to train as a Family Support Volunteer. For more information please visit the Volunteering section of our website.
Niam’s Story – Volunteering changed my perspective.
Before volunteering at Karuna, Niam Todd had no experience of death. At 18 years of age he had no idea that a good death at home was possible.
“Volunteering changed my perspective, I had a lot of misconceptions about death but at Karuna I’ve worked with a lot of people who’ve had really fulfilling and interesting lives right up until the day they died. I really didn’t expect that,” said Niam.
Niam, who now works in marketing, has spent nearly seven years volunteering at Karuna in administration, as a family support volunteer and as a biography volunteer.
“My mum was a Karuna volunteer, so I decided to follow in her footsteps. I consider it a very valuable part of my life, everyone can benefit from the experience of volunteering.”
He said the families he’s worked with have been so grateful for the support and he’d met a lot of ‘really special people’ many of whom had become friends.
“I spent about two years hanging with a client every weekend, watching movies with him while his wife took a break from caring for him. It was a great experience, we had a lot of fun.”
He said now that he works full-time, he helps out with the biography program.
“When we finally hand over the biography, it’s a real source of joy for the families at a really difficult time. Many of the clients don’t really feel they’ve had exciting lives, but after recounting they rediscover a lot of lost memories and realise they have had full lives.”
Niam said he loved being part of something that had a real impact on people’s lives.