The Cause

Our beneficiary, the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (FMFC), funds pioneering research projects designed specifically to improve the health, welfare and wellbeing of the future of Australia - our children.

Established in 1990 by the Reserve Bank and a group of Australia’s leading banks, the Foundation is singularly focused on raising funds for research into children’s health issues. Over 30+ years, the Foundation has raised over $22.5m towards 260 pioneering research projects.

More about the Foundation and the projects it supports can be found at www.foundationforchildren.com.au.

Each year at the Enchanted Ball we showcase a grant project that the Foundation has supported through the monies raised at the event.

Past grants through our cause

$160,000

Grant

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Non-invasive detection of rejection after heart transplantation in children

photo of Shiloh

For Shiloh

Shiloh, now a teen, has since birth, undergone seven open heart surgeries, had heart failure and a transplant.

“I used to get left out at school because all the kids were like - you can’t run, you’re a loser, and you’re lazy”

— Shiloh Singh

$158,000

Grant

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Designing the perfect killer CAR T cell for paediatric brain cancers

photo of Pippa

For Pippa

Pippa Rea was diagnosed with DIPG aged nine and passed away aged 11. DIPG is a high-grade form of childhood brain cancer.

“ To have a child receive a Diffuse Intrinsic
Pontine Glioma (DIPG) diagnosis…it’s essentially
a death sentence”

— Virginia Rea, Mum of Pippa Rea

$160,000

Grant

Children’s Medical Research Institute

Curing blindness using novel gene delivery vectors that target human retina

photo of Matthew

For Matthew

‍Matthew White, aged 13, has a form of blindness that is progressive...once the blindness progresses too far, there’s nothing that can currently be done about it.

“ My Doctor said that I have to learn braille because
I’m going to be blind one day…I don’t want to go
blind…it’s not just me (going blind)…it’s my sister
Kathryn and my brother Samuel”

— Matthew White

Shiloh’s story - as shown at the 2019 Enchanted Ball