How to help our partners

Written by Anthony Collebrusco

During this challenging climate, our thoughts are with the partners of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s major projects.

These service providers continue to deliver invaluable services to vulnerable populations in our community, and many have adapted their practices to protect their clients, employees and volunteers.

With many of us in the not-for-profit sector impacted in different ways by COVID-19, some of you may have the capacity to support our very important service providers.

We have made a comprehensive list of partners and their current needs with links to more information about how you can help.

Additionally, some partners are no longer accepting certain types of donated goods. These changes are also noted below.

Whether you are able to offer support, or unable to in these difficult times, the Foundation thanks you for your ongoing commitment to social justice in our state.


Donations to Anglicare’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal can be made here. To limit the spread of COVID-19, AnglicareSA is currently not accepting donated goods from the public, including food, clothing and blankets.

Baptist Care SA

Baptist Care SA provides weekly emergency relief food parcels to people experiencing homelessness. The organisation has created a list of non-perishable food items, including:

  • Canned meat, soup, tinned fruits and vegetables.
  • Cereal and long life milk.
  • Rice.
  • Pasta sauce.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and deodorant.
  • And much more.

Items can be dropped off during office hours Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm at 11-19 Millers Court (off Wright Street).

Baptist Care SA is also seeking mobile phones (Android not Apple) to help connect those experiencing isolation with their loved ones.

Catherine House Inc.

The current virus threat means clients need more support than ever, and donations can be made here. Volunteer programs have been paused and in-kind goods donations are currently not accepted.

Community Housing LTD

CHL has compiled resources related to COVID-19, state-specific information, and FAQs related to housing and tenancy matters.

Housing Choices South Australia

Housing Choices South Australia has been curating helpful resources on their Facebook page, including a telephone check-in service from the Red Cross and a factsheet for older Australians from COTA SA.

They also shared Action for Happiness’ Meaningful May calendar, featuring daily prompts of positive actions you can take. Print it out and put it on your desk.

Hutt St Centre

Hutt St Centre is accepting food donations, including:

  • Reusable, BPA-free water bottles
  • Muesli bars
  • Long life milk
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Supermarket gift cards

Clothing and household items are not currently being accepted.

Download Hutt St Centre’s COVID-19 wishlist. (PDF)

Junction Australia

Junction Australia’s Facebook page is curating ways to help local not-for-profit organisations.

OARS Community Transitions

OARS Community Transitions’ volunteer recruitment page is still active.

Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross continues to support bushfire relief and helping those in need across Australia. It is still seeking volunteers. Find opportunities close to you on their volunteer page.

Blood and plasma donations remain vital in the fight against COVID-19. Travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood, although the Red Cross encourages donors aged 70 and over to stay at home and self-isolate. Learn more about how to give blood and plasma.

The Red Cross created a page dedicated to tips about maintaining your well-being and how to take care of yourself and others in isolation.

The Salvation Army

As COVID–19 continues to impact our communities, The Salvation Army is working hard to continue providing support to those who need it most. Cash donations can be made here. The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods currently, so please do not drop unwanted goods outside the shops.

Uniting Communities

As of 1 May, anyone entering an aged care facility for work or to visit loved ones will be required to provide proof of a current flu vaccination. Uniting Communities encourages everyone to get your flu shot as soon as possible.


Vinnies has announced that shops at Hawthorn and Kidman Park have reopened as of 18 May 2020. Vinnies Hawthorn shop at 21 Abbotshall Road accepts quality donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, books and household items. Clean blankets are also being accepted to help those in need of warmth. Social distancing measures are in place and volunteers have proper protection.

Women’s Safety Services SA

The organisation encourages donations to Second Chances SA or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Secondhand goods are not accepted.

Shelter SA

Shelter SA is involved in weekly Giving Tuesday campaigns. In a recent campaign, they asked for food or cash donations to be made to a list of homelessness service providers. Weekly updates can be found on their enews and Facebook page.

Weaving Her Way To Success

This year’s Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize was awarded to Ngarrindjeri, Nurungga, Ngadjuri artist Sonya Rankine, at the opening of the Our Mob exhibition, for her exceptional weaving baskets artwork.

On Thursday 22 August, the 49-year-old Moonta Bay resident was announced as the $5,000 recipient for her remarkable artwork, which has given her the financial support necessary to help boost her business, Lakun Mara – translating to Weaving Hand.

Rankine described winning the Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize as an “opportunity to make a career” as she has seen from the previous recipients that are a source of motivation and inspiration to her.

Whether she uses it to renovate her shed into a workspace exclusively for her artwork or to buy a trailer to help her collect her weaving materials, Rankine said the prize money will be invested into her business.

Rankine’s business is centred on reviving and recognising the traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques and cultural practice.

Similar to her artwork, Rankine believes the Our Mob exhibition is the combination of professional practice with cultural connection.

“Recognition, support and opening doors to new spaces… that is what comes from the Our Mob exhibition, in particular the Don Dunstan Foundation award,” Rankine said.

The award-winning baskets expanded on her traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving methods and incorporated new techniques she learnt from her time at the 2019 National Basketry Gathering.

Jacaranda stalks, beach stone from Stansbury, waxed linen thread, palm inflorescence, and emu feathers were weaved together to create the two pieces, ‘Lakun Mara 13 – Pinyali Pempandawi (Emu Basket)’ and ‘Lakun Mara 14 – Partar Pempandawi (Rock Basket)’.

“They were created using materials that would usually be thrown away,” Rankine said.

Since she was 10-months-old, Rankine was raised in the foster care system. However, she was taught weaving by her Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, a renowned Ngarrindjeri weaver and Elder.

Rankine has been mastering the art of weaving for 25 years as a way of “acknowledging being aboriginal,” she said.

“Weaving is in my blood, there is a hereditary connection,” she said.

The Don Dunstan Foundation is passionate about giving recognition and support to South Australia’s Aboriginal artists to help develop their careers in the arts. Through programs such as the Our Mob exhibition and award, we offer these talented artists a platform for their work to be exposed to a wider audience.

Contributed by Lisa Cooper.

SALA Winners Pay It Forward

Following in the spirit of their installation Safe Harbour, the winners of the 2019 Don Dunstan Foundation SALA Festival Award, Deborah Baldassi and Sue Webb, have generously donated their prize to help asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru Islands.

Baldassi and Webb donated their $2,500 win to Gifts for Manus and Nauru charity, which will provide asylum seekers and refugees with mobile phone credit, enabling them to contact family and friends in Australia and overseas.

The duo were announced as the winners on Saturday 31 August for their installation which featured over a thousand hand-painted balsa wood boats and 800 origami boats, which filled the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church in Beulah Park.

Winning the award not only felt like a recognition of their work but also of the issue.

“Things like the award make it seem worthwhile,” Baldassi said.

“From the outset it was an idea of reclaiming the image of the boat as something of salvation, the idea of an ark or something carrying to safety which has been completely demonised by the government over the past few years. We tried to turn that around a bit and reclaim that image. The prize made us feel like we had achieved it to a certain degree,” she said.

Their long standing passion for asylum seeker and refugee rights was an obvious issue for them to address, and to donate to.

“These completely disenfranchised individuals are languishing offshore, they’re out of sight and out of mind. It’s really important to keep a link with them and the only way to do that is through mobile phones,” Baldassi said.

The piece not only reflected the values of the Don Dunstan Foundation, but the artistic process was based on community engagement, a key priority for the Foundation.

The boats were painted by volunteers from the community, both artists and non-artists, aging from two-years-old to 90-years-old.

Due to the popularity of the installations, more workshops where community members could paint the boats on site were created, while the origami boats were made in people’s homes and during congregations at the Church.

“Even if it is not getting through to the upper echelons, at least people are taking notice of it along the way,” Baldassi said.

Baldassi and Webb commenced work on Safe Harbour last September, with the final piece being a culmination of nearly nine months work.

“We thought about how to get a political message across in a way that people could relate to, contribute to and get something out of it without it being threatening. And the obvious way of doing that is through art,” Baldassi said.

The origami boats hung in the church to symbolise the lives of asylum seekers and refugees that are currently hanging in suspension, while figures of people were placed in the church to tell the stories of those who have died in detention.

Since the closing of the SALA Festival, the success of the installation has accelerated, with it going on to the Migration Museum for a weekend, while Baldassi and Webb visited two schools in Yorketown to educate students on asylum seekers and refugees.

“It was an awareness campaign and it has been successful in that respect,” Webb said.

The Foundation is committed to continuing the support for the SALA Don Dunstan Foundation Award in 2020, and to inspire action for a fairer world through art, as this year’s winners have done.

Contributed by Lisa Cooper.

2019 SALA Don Dunstan Foundation Award Winner Announced

The 2019 SALA Festival has held another successful statewide festival of Visual Art in South Australia. As part of the Festival, the Foundation provides the Don Dunstan Foundation Award for For artists whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Foundation. Congratulations to all of the finalists for our award, the panel found the decision very difficult.

This year’s winner was announced at the Awards Night on Saturday 31 August.

Congratulations to Deborah Baldassi and Sue Webb on winning the Don Dunstan Foundation SALA Festival Award for 2019.

Their piece, ‘Safe Harbour’, was a moving example of the power of art to inspire action for a fairer world. It was a very impactful, inclusive experience that drove direct outcomes. The clear concepts had great longevity and was community crafted to show symbolism of boat people’s plight.

We are so pleased to present the $2,500 cash prize to Deborah Baldassi and Sue Webb for the 2019 Don Dunstan Foundation Award.

You can find more information about their piece on Facebook:  Safe Harbour Australia .