Charity Work

A key part of belonging to the Order of the Eastern Star is giving back to the community and enriching the lives of others. We take great pride in our charitable work with donations to various organisations and assistance given to the victims of State and National disasters over the years.

Each year, in some of our Chapters, the Worthy Matron nominates a Charity which benefits from fund raising activities during her Term of Office.  Other Chapters choose to support the community as the need arises.  The raising of monies for Charity, and the distribution of it, is all bound by each State or Territory’s gaming rules and regulations as set out for Not-for-Profit Organisations.

Fundraising activities are fun and varied. Examples include:

  • Luncheons, Afternoon Teas, Picnics, Sausage Sizzles, Balls/Dances;
  • Games Afternoons/Evenings (Bingo, Trivia, Cards);
  • Charity Stalls/Trading Tables;
  • Competitions (Raffles, Guessing Competitions);
  • Harvest Festivals (the giving of food to those in need); and
  • Craftwork (Knitting, Crochet, Greeting Cards etc), for local Hospitals to sell or use.

In addition to the raising of funds, many Chapters provide support in other ways. for example:

  • Chapters in Queensland support the Star Gardens for the Aged (Beaudesert, South of Brisbane) not only financially, but also in a volunteer capacity.
  • The Laurels at Clemtom Park in Sydney, are owned by the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT, and provide valuable services for the community with our dedicated member support.
  • Chapter Members knit squares to make rugs for “WRAPS with Love”, and in any two year period, can knit 28, 40 x 70 cm rugs. These rugs are sent to the underprivileged in far off places overseas.

Nationally, the Order’s charitable efforts are impressive. The total amount of donations made by members of the Order is summarised and reported at each Biennial Session of the UGCA.  A grand total of $937,241.00 was raised in the two year period 1 January 2015 through to 20 December 2016 with the recipients of those donations are broken down as follows:

Australia Wide
Charity Donations – 1 Jan 2015 to 20 Dec 2016
Deserted Women’s & Children’s Missions  $ 413,505.00
Children’s Hospitals / Cancer Research  $ 112,715.00
Chapter Assistance  $  71,324.00
Hospital Auxiliary  $  41,400.00
Youths off the Streets  $  31,181.00
Hospice / Palliative Care  $  30,089.00
UGCA Disaster Relief Fund  $  21,531.00
Local Charities  $  21,830.00
Hospitals – Australia Wide  $  20,778.00
Radio for the Blind  $  18,500.00
Flying Doctors, Flight Care, Ambulance  $  17,037.00
Aged Care/Homes  $  15,232.00
Schools – State and Special  $  13,647.00
Medical Research  $  11,400.00
Cancer Research  $  11,961.00
Guide Dogs  $  11,210.00
SES/Fire Services  $  10,849.00
Masonic Orders  $    9,400.00
Acquired Brain Injury  $    7,975.00
Children’s Charities  $    7,494.00
Motor Neurone Disease/Multiple Sclerosis  $    6,600.00
Manna Inc  $    4,500.00
Lifeline  $    3,918.00
Diabetes, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Huntington’s, Kidney, Cerebral Palsy  $  19,165.00
Steve Waugh Foundation  $    4,000.00
 $ 937,241.00

Examples of our Charity Work include:

Western Australia Charity Work

South Australia Charity Work