Who is Pillars of Strength?

Losing a child at birth (or at any time) is one of the most painful and devastating experiences that someone can go through. Sadly, so many men, once excited at the prospect of being a dad (many for the first time), never get to experience a “normal” childbirth. Some also never get to experience a “normal” fatherhood at all.

These men are part of a group that swells by over 3,000 new members each year through stillbirth, neonatal or infant loss. A grieving father feels the loss of a child just as keenly as the mother. Although men don’t express themselves like women do, it does not mean that we grieve any less.

Pillars of Strength was formed in 2008 by Gary Sillett when his son Isaac died and he found that there was nothing out there to help dads going through this terrible time.

Since launch, Pillars of Strength has engaged and assisted hundreds, if not thousands, of men in their grief journey through the provision of timeout opportunities and events where dads connected with their mates, family and dads, and created new communities and networks.

Pillars has run more than 160 events for bereaved dads across five states and territories

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We remain the only organisation in Australia that provides services exclusively for Bereaved Dads.
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What some of our dads have to say

We feel extremely lucky to have George in our lives for only a short period of time and he tried his best to stay with us. My only wish is that he could have stayed a bit longer. Jarrod Maher
I have found that each birthday has been a bit more bearable than the last, although I still kind of want to just survive the day in one piece. Matt Sylvester
Though I may not speak of that day or our daughter as much as my wife I still have my own way to honour my daughter. She will always be missed and my love for her will always be strong. Ryan Calkin

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Many of our donors and sponsors understand there is a woeful lack of support for grieving fathers. You can help by making a donation.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible

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Many of our donors and sponsors understand there is a woeful lack of support for grieving fathers. You can help by making a donation.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible

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Who are we and what do we do?

Pillars of Strength is an organisation dedicated to helping families through the provision of support to men.
Our vision is:

To be a leading national men’s health organisation, that supports men to re-engage with the community, by providing opportunities to reduce the stress, and grief of men during loss and family trauma.

We do this through our mission:

Building Communities where Men help Men.

Our programmes are built to be sustainable. As we expand, we are looking to partner with organisations that can help us grow and continue to help dads across Australia in ways that work for men.

Who do we work with?

We are supported by researchers who are currently undertaking ground-breaking work into men’s grief and how to best support them. Although none of our programmes provide clinical therapy (we are building communities for peer support), we rely on world-leading academic research to provide the evidence for our service development.

This ‘club’ of bereaved dads is growing by nearly 3,000 members every year in Australia. Despite advances in medical research and current government funding into stillbirth and other causes of infant death, this club will continue to grow as our population increases and our multicultural society includes more families with large numbers of children. However good the research outcomes, dads will need Pillars of Strength for a long time yet.

We need your support

We need support for our Time Out programme

  • free tickets to sporting and other events
  • our events including large-scale events and courses
  • funding for transport – for our dads as well as our team
  • equipment for the PoS Teams starter kits
  • help with developing, supporting and running the online systems that support these activities

We are looking for sponsorship partners who can help fund

  • the administrative costs of running this charity, especially the travel and accommodation required for interstate expansion as well as salaries for the tiny team of Pillars of Strength staff
  • running our membership systems which are crucial for Pillars of Strength growth to support dads Australia-wide
What can we do for a sponsor?

Your involvement would demonstrate your support for this unique and much-needed cause. Sponsorship could provide the following opportunities:

Staff engagement

  • Assisting at PoS events with activities on the day.
  • Holding joint fundraising events, e.g. corporate golf days.
  • Your staff can bring their skills to our team assisting in back-office support tasks.

Promotional Opportunities

  • Facilities Sponsorship - Banners at the locations of Pillars of Strength events.
  • Co-branding of equipment – for example, shirts and caps at PoS events, fundraising events and PoS Teams.
  • Online presence - web site main banner, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, event registration and communications, banners in member e-newsletters and other emails.
  • Signage and speaker opportunities at National and State-based annual fundraising events.

We can offer tiered sponsorship arrangements depending on the level of support ranging from:

  • presenting partner;
  • supplier partner; and
  • official partner.

Partnering with Pillars of Strength

I would like to enquire about sponsorship

Please fill in your full name

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Your email address will never be used for evil

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Who are we and what do we do?

Pillars of Strength is an organisation dedicated to helping families through the provision of support to men.
Our vision is:

To be a leading national men’s health organisation, that supports men to re-engage with the community, by providing opportunities to reduce the stress, and grief of men during loss and family trauma.

We do this through our mission:

Building Communities where Men help Men.

Our programmes are built to be sustainable. As we expand, we are looking to partner with organisations that can help us grow and continue to help dads across Australia in ways that work for men.

Who do we work with?

We are supported by researchers who are currently undertaking ground-breaking work into men’s grief and how to best support them. Although none of our programmes provide clinical therapy (we are building communities for peer support), we rely on world-leading academic research to provide the evidence for our service development.

This ‘club’ of bereaved dads is growing by nearly 3,000 members every year in Australia. Despite advances in medical research and current government funding into stillbirth and other causes of infant death, this club will continue to grow as our population increases and our multicultural society includes more families with large numbers of children. However good the research outcomes, dads will need Pillars of Strength for a long time yet.

We need your support

We need support for our Time Out programme

  • free tickets to sporting and other events
  • our events including large-scale events and courses
  • funding for transport – for our dads as well as our team
  • equipment for the PoS Teams starter kits
  • help with developing, supporting and running the online systems that support these activities

We are looking for sponsorship partners who can help fund

  • the administrative costs of running this charity, especially the travel and accommodation required for interstate expansion as well as salaries for the tiny team of Pillars of Strength staff
  • running our membership systems which are crucial for Pillars of Strength growth to support dads Australia-wide
What can we do for a sponsor?

Your involvement would demonstrate your support for this unique and much-needed cause. Sponsorship could provide the following opportunities:

Staff engagement

  • Assisting at PoS events with activities on the day.
  • Holding joint fundraising events, e.g. corporate golf days.
  • Your staff can bring their skills to our team assisting in back-office support tasks.

Promotional Opportunities

  • Facilities Sponsorship - Banners at the locations of Pillars of Strength events.
  • Co-branding of equipment – for example, shirts and caps at PoS events, fundraising events and PoS Teams.
  • Online presence - web site main banner, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, event registration and communications, banners in member e-newsletters and other emails.
  • Signage and speaker opportunities at National and State-based annual fundraising events.

We can offer tiered sponsorship arrangements depending on the level of support ranging from:

  • presenting partner;
  • supplier partner; and
  • official partner.