Pillars of Strength is a small not for profit organisation with big aspirations. That’s because there are so many men throughout Australia going through the trauma of trying to support those around them while their baby is struggling in hospital. Even worse, there are those dads dealing with bereavement.
From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow, and there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.
The added stress placed on dads and their families during this time is almost impossible for others to comprehend.The birth of a premature or sick newborn is an overwhelming and traumatic experience for families. Their lives are personally changed and significantly influenced by their experience.In times like these a family needs support.
There is a substantial range of help services available to mothers but only limited services for dads. Those affected by these traumatic events equate to about 5% of fathers in the Australia every year. (Based on 2007 ABS Statistics). The role and expectations for a father during this time are entirely different from those of a mother. Fathers go through the same experience as their wives yet there is little recognition that there needs to be help and support provided for men, and most men will never ask for it. A father does not have much time to himself and every dad deals with this type of situation differently when his world has been turned upside down.That’s where Pillars of Strength can help.
Our organisation stems from the experiences of one dad who lost his infant son and decided to put in place support-mechanisms for dads where previously nothing had existed. Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance in-hospital for dads throughout these periods of intense distress. It’s worth noting the provision of Pillars of Strength services is not intended to be a counselling service, rather a peer support service and provision of respite and assistance.
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
There are many ways you can help us raise the funds we need to continue and expand our programs. We can provide ideas and advice including how to set up your own fundraising page for special events.
If you are involved with any of the realms of sport and entertainment or if you would simply like to give us tickets to an event to provide TimeOut for a dad, we would really love to hear from you.
We would love to hear from you if you can use your skills and experience to help us out in a number of ways. Our volunteers not only help out the Dads who need support, but often gain satisfaction by being involved.
We appreciate how valuable it is for dads and their families to share their experiences and benefit from this interaction so we need ambassadors who are willing to tell their story and speak on our behalf
Many organisations see the value in supporting Pillars of Strength. We would welcome your involvement and will work with you to ensure that Pillars of Strength supports your Corporate Social Obligations.
PO Box 93
Ryde NSW 1680
ABN: 19 152 298 934 | CFN: 22064
Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance for dads throughout these periods of intense distress.
Pillars of Strength aims to provide funding and other support to reduce immediate stressors by helping to meet day to day expenses for families during times of their child’s severe illness or even loss of life during prolonged hospitalisation.
From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow.And there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.
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