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

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



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



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



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