SA corporate generosity kick-starts KSFK new $1-million headquarters at Adelaide Airport
Kickstart for Kids (KSFK) will soon have its own purpose-built headquarters thanks to South Australian corporate and individual generosity that has allowed the charity to begin work on a $1-million office, training and warehouse complex near Adelaide Airport.
The 750sqm warehouse building will boost KSFK’s efforts to take its schools breakfast and other charitable programs to as many disadvantaged SA children as possible, extending its program to rural and remote areas, including indigenous communities.
It will also serve as a South Australian Not-For-Profit hub, with excess space – and ideas – being shared with other small like-minded NFPs.
“This project is the realisation of a long-held dream to obtain our own building and underwrite our long-term sustainability, but it could not have been achieved without the generous support of the local business community and individuals,” KSFK Founder and CEO Ian Steel said.
“We are off to an incredible start and wish to say thank you to our community-minded partners, but we really need further support to complete the project and secure our long-term future.”
The project kick off has been made possible thanks to, among others, a $200,000 donation from Variety SA – The Children’s Charity, $100,000 donations from each of the CMV Foundation, the Vonbri Foundation along with one other anonymous foundation, and individual cash donations from Theo Samaras, Vinocor and Mark and Kim Lamarre.
In-kind support has been received or pledged from Proske Architects, Smith Brothers plumbing group, air-conditioning company Seeley, engineers PT Design, Zen Energy, Bluescope Steel and project managers and builders Emmett Construct, while Adelaide Airport Corporation has assisted with making a site available.
“We’re hopeful that the shortfall of approximately $300,000 will soon be raised but for now, we’re on our way and look forward to moving into the state-of-the-art facility early in the new year,” Mr Steel continued.
“The new KSFK headquarters will include training facilities and streamline our operations, allowing us to do so much more across the state, while it is also ideally located for our city operations as most of the 320 or so schools to benefit from the program are in the western, southern and northern suburbs.
“Moreover, we will soon have the scope to expand our other programs, among them the Camp Kickstart vacation program and our mentoring program, both aimed at severely at-risk children, and our Kickstart Assembly program where we team up with sporting celebrities to teach the children about healthy eating and exercise.
“We will now be in a position to introduce new programs and address needs as they arise.
“We’re excited, too, at the prospect of establishing it as a Not-For-Profit hub that’s available to other smaller and like-minded charities, where we can share ideas and resources and so maximise our contributions to those in need of charitable support.”
With an estimated 15 per cent of all primary school children in South Australia going to school each day without having eaten breakfast and with no packed lunch in their school bags, Mr Steel started KSFK about eight years ago.
It has since provided meals to children without any government funding or assistance and currently delivers some 40,000 breakfasts to young disadvantaged South Australian students each week.