Gidget Foundation Australia

Gidget Giving Day 2022

DOUBLE your impact on Wednesday 22 June... so that Gidget Foundation Australia can support more families like Melissa’s, who are struggling with perinatal depression and anxiety.

Our fundraising target of $150,000 will allow us to provide complete care to 50 of the most vulnerable expectant and new parents nationally.

Thanks to some of our most generous supporters, all donations will be matched from 9:00am Wednesday 22 June - 9:00am Thursday 23 June.

Gidget Giving Day 2022 Matchers:

Charles Warman Foundation
Eureka Benevolent Foundation
Prendiville Foundation

It is critical that we are able to reach and support as many vulnerable families in need as possible. Recent research conducted by Gidget Foundation Australia revealed that 65% of expectant and new parents feel that they don't have a strong network supporting them through parenthood.

We are seeing enormous demand for our perinatal mental health services, and we must be there to support new parents like Melissa and her husband Ben.

“I remember feeling so fortunate to fall pregnant quickly. I’d felt prepared for motherhood for a long time and my husband and I were excited and ready to start a family.

Within days of my first scan at six weeks pregnant, I soon realised how mentally unprepared I was for the pregnancy journey ahead. As I progressed through the first trimester, anxiety began to creep deeper into my days and nights.

The anxiety would find different ways to attack me each day, or sometimes even hourly. How sick would I feel today, and what pregnancy symptoms would I get? What if I fainted while I was alone? Would my fears and anxieties pass onto my baby, did I actually still want a baby, and could I give them the life they deserved?

Getting out of bed was enough to induce the feeling that I wasn’t safe. I felt fear everywhere and began shutting off from the world around me. I started declining invites from friends and family and friends to catch up and hoping my phone wouldn’t ring.

The feelings were so overwhelming that I lost all excitement I once had about bringing a baby into the world.

As my pregnancy progressed further into my second trimester, my mind turned past pregnancy to birth, and my next challenge – my deep fear of hospitals which I’ve had since I was a child. By this stage, the thought of being in a hospital had become so overwhelming, that I could no longer attend my routine scans or obstetric appointments.

I’d heard of Gidget Foundation Australia through two friends and although I wasn’t sure how I could be helped, I was willing to give anything a try. I attended my first appointment with angst and uncertainty, but it proved to be a turning point in my pregnancy.

I have shared my story in the hope of helping anyone who is experiencing or knows someone who is experiencing, anxiety or mental ill-health. If my story has resonated with you, know that you don’t need to do it alone and there’s help available.

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$261

Geoffrey Mcwilliam

Hi Jess Great and very needed work !

$5k

Emma And Andrew Maple-brown

$515

Geoff Smith

Hi Sim. Hope all is well for you and Martin. Seems a long time since we have seen each other. This is from Richard and myself. Geoff

$100

Andrea Rejante

$52

Sarah A

$52

Anonymous

$30k

Matched Giver

$30k

Vanessa Walker

$104

Sophie Slater

With eternal gratitude

$26

Isabella Cherry

$600

Ang Fam

$26

The Village Family Centre

Thank you Gidget Foundation for all of the incredible work you do

$52

Nemira

$104

Anonymous

$157

Rowena

$104

Teresa Avila

$100

Tristan Scott

$104

Louise Ridlen

$300

Karl

$2k

Libby & Jarrod Bowditch

$26

Anonymous

$130

Erica Crabtree

$515

Sue Cotton

$52

Anonymous

Thank you to all that support the Gidget Foundation

$40

Stephanie Alchin

$52

Claire Layfield

Thank you for the amazing work you do

$52

Amanda Coneyworth

What an amazing effort today. Thanks to all supporters, volunteers and Board members!

$104

Sacha Calligeros

$52

Brittany Matsen

I can’t thank the Gidget foundation enough for the support I’ve received. Thank you for all that you do ❤️

$515

Edward & Sarah Nicholas

$25

Mel Kelly

$10

Lucia Noyce

$209

Joanna Keam

$209

Simon And Mo Hardy

$26

James Ellis-smith

$1,000

Matthew De Brouwer

$104

David Webster

$515

Anonymous

Love you guys. Keep up the amazing work.

$104

Faye Conte-hirst

Such a vital service!

$104

Christine Britten-jones

$52

Helen Ryan

$52

Judy Rose

$136

David Edwards

Let Gidget's spirit shine in the lives of other precious parents like her on this special day!

$52

Terry Hughes

$157

Jacqui Cotton

$26

Rodney Davis

$515

Kim Mouret

Gidget touches lives for good - everyday. Hope we can do more of it.

$52

Anonymous

$50

Anonymous

$136

Donna Espiner

$26

Justine Harvey

$261

Michelle Mcnamara

$515

Claudine Williams

$500

William Anderson

We are So proud of You

$261

Emma Bagnall

$515

Milkbar Breastpumps

$104

Andrew Crawford

This contribution is from Dianne Hamilton and Andrew Crawford of Blooms The Chemist. We are very proud to support this fantastic charity.

$1.02k

Nicole Clark

$130

Anonymous

$500

Anthony Bryen

$136

Ron Higham

$515

Logan Family

Will always be grateful for the support of Gidget

$104

Will Colwell

$157

Anonymous

$3.02k

Anonymous

All done all at Gidget Best wishes for a super day today!

$52

Brigitta Eiberger

Rest, relax and know that people are thinking of you at this challenging time. Love B

$1.02k

Alleanza Architecture

$52

Carlotta Annan

$100

Samantha

Wouldn’t have survived without the support of Gidget House

$136

Sharon Ferrarin

$26

Natalie Speranza

Such wonderful support for so many families 🌸 Watching from afar today. Hope you reach the target to help even more families in need x

$500

Ian & Marisa Dryland

$261

Maja Paleka

$104

Lawrence Newell

$250

Calmans Pharmacy

$3.02k

Mark Arnold

$104

Lisa Sandrk

An amazing service helping so many!

$63

Lisa Williams

Thank you for everything you do and have done, for me and for all the families who need this critical service. I am thrilled you have opened at Kareena and would be open to being a local advocate if you ever needed it!

$1,000

Blake Walker

Keep up the great job. Spread the care.

$261

Doug Stuart

$150

Doug Ferguson

Thanks Jarrod Libbie and Jess Davis for all your leadership

$136

Preston Foster

$10.02k

Daniel Gilbert

$136

Kate Brow

Thank you for helping me be the best mother I can be xxx

$104

Jess Wood

Thank you for being there for me after the birth of my two boys.

$2.02k

Martin Short

$52

Greg Matthews

$2.02k

Dave Blacker

$250

Angela Walsh

In memory of Daisy.

$52

Anonymous

$1.02k

Stephen Reilly

Thank you Gidget Foundation for all you do for so many families.

$5.02k

William Gaha

Well done

$50

Jj

Thank you for all that you do to support parents and children. Through your work you are making the World a better place. ❤️

$63

Emily Drewett

$261

Jen Russell

$52

Alicia Rose

$1,000

Lin Walters

$819

Arrived

Such an amazing foundation x

$104

Ross Horsburgh

$104

Joanna Guilfoyle