Charitable Donations

How we are helping others

Since the club’s inception in 1967 we have had a rich history of giving charitable donations from money raised at our functions.

Cargo Club Scholarship Award – 2020

The inaugural 2020 CBFCA Cargo Club TLI316 Diploma of International Freight Forwarding Scholarship was won by Leuan Edwards from Transitainer VIC Pty Ltd.

Thanks once again to all of our members, guests and sponsors that attend our functions and have made this scholarship available to a young and upcoming industry employee. It’s great to be able to give back to our industry!

Project Juan – June 2019 – $750.00

You can donate as little as $2.00 for 1kg of rice, $7.50 for 5kg of Rice that feeds one family or $75.00 for one sack of rice that feeds 10 families . The Cargo Club has donated $750.00 which will help feed 100 families ! So thanks once again to all of our members, guests and sponsors who support the club and now you are also supporting these families in the Philippines

For more information please check out their website and we know that they would appreciate any support that you may be able to offer even in these tough times.

Cri Du Chat – May 2019 – $17,750

After hosting our fourth annual charity golf day supporting the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia we are pleased to be able to donate $17,750. We look forward to supporting them again in 2020.

Farmer’s Drought Appeal – $10,000

We are currently ramping up efforts to support our farmers who are in dire need of support due to the drought.

Chloe Schlemitz from Emirates and who was a past committee member of the club has placed donation barrels at Mode Logistics, DNATA & Emirates service desk so if you feel like donating please drop by and drop off some cash.

The club has also decided to donate a substantial amount to this cause and we have approximately $10,000 set aside as we work out the best way to assist. More details to follow on this once we have finalised the logistics….

Friedreich’s Ataxia – August 2018

On Friday 10th August the Cargo Club attended the Friedreich’s Ataxia Golf Day. We are pleased to advise that the CARGO CLUB were the winners for a second year in a row !

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a genetic neurological degenerative condition.  Over time, FA gradually affects a person’s co-ordination, mobility, speech and heart function. FA is currently life shortening and there is no cure.

What are the Symptoms of FA?

Weakness and loss of co-ordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs that affects walking and hand function

Slurring of Speech and difficulty swallowing

Changes in sensation in the feet and hands

Curvature (scoliosis) of the spine

Changes in the heart muscle

Impaired Vision and hearing

Diabetes Mellitus

Depending on age of onset and DNA repeats, most people require the full time use of a wheelchair and assistance with physical tasks. (Generally within 10 years of onset)

FA being one of the orphan diseases receives no government funding or assistance and all funds raised are through the perseverance of Friends and families of people affected by this disease.

Cargo Club donated $3675.00 on the day so a big thank you to all the people that attend our functions and support the club as without your support we would not be able to donate these funds to FA.

Rolston Family

Ashlee Rolston works part time at ACF and has a daughter, Izabella 8 years old and her son Xavier 5 years old.

Xavier has Chronic Kidney disease, Izabella has also now just been advised that she too has Chronic Kidney disease and also suffers from speech / language disorder and requires speech therapy. Currently she is at a 5 year old level of speech and learning so three years behind where she should be

Whilst the Chronic Kidney Disease medical costs for both kids are covered by Medicare the speech therapy isn’t. Initially Izabella requires a new cognitive assessment which is $1110.00 and then weekly sessions cost $190.00 per session.

So the Cargo Club has donated $3,390.00 to cover the assessment and 12 weeks of sessions. Again we thank all of the sponsors, members, guests and supporters of the club that come along to our functions which make these donations possible

Cri Du Chat – March 2018 – $15,000

After hosting our third annual charity golf day supporting the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia we are pleased to be able to donate $15,000. We look forward to supporting them again in 2019.

Second Chance Animal Rescue – Feb 2018 – $1000

Cargo Club donated $1000 to Second Chance Animal Rescue and we dropped in to see their NEW veterinary clinic that they opened late last year to assist in-house with their vet needs for all the animals that they help! It was great to meet their Founder & CEO Marisa Debattista to give us a guided tour along with our very own Cargo Club Committee member Paula Cameron who volunteers at the shelter. We will continue to support this awesome organisation and hope that some of our members and friends will also get behind this great cause ? If you want to donate go to their website for more details OR if you are looking for a new pet for the family how about saving a life of one of these beautiful animals. Cargo Club is proud of continuing this support and we will be donating again in the future !

Paul Noom – Dec 2017  $10,000

Following on from February 2017 where the Cargo Club donated $10,000 to the Noom Family to cover the costs of their two sons schooling at Assumption College for 2017 we presented another cheque for $10,000 again cover the schooling of their two boys for the 2018 school year

and hopefully easing some of the financial burden that comes with a long rehabilitation after Paul suffered a stroke in late 2016. It was great to see Paul come along to our Christmas Party to catch up with some of his friends and colleagues and to say thanks to everyone within  the industry and the Cargo Club for the support of his family over the past two years

Friedreich’s Ataxia – August 2017 – $3000.00 to their yearly charity golf day

Cargo Club was  invited to be a part of this special day. 2017 was the sixth annual Friedreich’s Ataxia Association of Victoria Inc. Golf Day and to date they have raised over $220,000 thanks to the tremendous support from so many people involved within the Friedreich’s Ataxia community as well as so many generous companies and individuals. Their intention is to raise as much money as they can for this terrible disease which goes such a long way to assist the sufferers of Friedreich’s Ataxia. As with previous years all money paid to play or sponsoring of holes and golf balls will be donated to the Friedreich’s Ataxia Association of Victoria. It was through attending this Charity golf day a few years back that the Cargo Club decided to have their very own for Cri Du Chat so it’s nice to also be able to assist this organisation as well.

By the way, Cargo Club of Australia were the winners!

March 2017 – Donation of $17,750.00 to Cri Du Chat

Read the full letter of appreciation from the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia, on how the Cargo Club of Australia has helped them. CRI DU CHAT – THANK YOU LETTER – CLICK HERE

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After hosting our second annual charity golf day supporting the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia we are pleased to be able to donate $17,750. This represented an increase of 20% from last years golf day and we look forward to supporting them again in 2018.

Thank you letter from Cri Du Chat – Letter to CCof Aust April 2017


Everybody loves animals and so does the Cargo Club. Paula Cameron a long term Cargo Club Committee member volunteers a couple of days per week over at Second Chance Animal Rescue at their shelter in Campbellfield. We visited the shelter in May to check out all the good work that they do and to present them with our cheque.

We are proud to be able to assist them with this donation to help them with their good work in saving animals and re-homing them. If you are looking to getting a new family pet why don’t you check out Second Chance Animal Rescue first and help save these beautiful animals. Or if you would like to donate yourself they are a non for profit organisation and every dollar counts. Please find out more about them below and also check out their website:-

Second Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2008 after vet nurse and local shelter volunteer Marisa Debattista witnessed firsthand how many beautiful animals needed help, versus how little resources were available.

Knowing she could make a change, Marisa launched Second Chance Animal Rescue with a few vet nurse friends and a handful of animals. Since then, we’ve grown into a network of hundreds of foster carers and other volunteers, with just as many cats and dogs in care. We’re proud to say that by the end of 2015 over 6000 animals had been rescued from not-so-pleasant fates in pounds and shelters throughout Victoria, and are now happily settled in new homes around the state. (Of course, our adopters will tell you, the question remains about just who saved who!)

On April 19th, 2015, after many years of planning and endless fundraising efforts, our first animal shelter opened in Campbellfield, Victoria. This allows us to save more animals and gives potential adopters the chance to meet animals in a happy, relaxed space. We’d love you to visit us. Who knows? You might just meet your new best friend. #secondchanceanimalrescue


February 2017 – Donation of $10,000 to Paul Noom (Direct Couriers)

Now four months since suffering a stroke we are pleased to advise he is on the mend to recovery however there is still a long road ahead of him.When we re-invigorated the club our mantra was to try and help firstly our own people within the club and our industry, where our donations could really make a big difference to people in need. Following through with this, the Cargo Club of Australia presented Paul and his wife Amanda with a cheque for $10,000! The money is to be used to cover the costs for their two sons schooling at Assumption College for 2017 and hopefully easing some of the financial burden that comes with a long rehabilitation


Cargo Club of Australia’s first charitable donation after rebranding!

EmiratesRecently we have had the pleasure to again help one of our own in donating $2750.00 to Remy Bove & his family who works for Emirates Cargo in Melbourne. His son Daniel suffers from Down Syndrome and whilst there is no cure there are ways to assist not only Daniel but also the family to make their lives easier.

The family will be travelling to Philadelphia, USA to attend a course during June 13-15th this year at the Institutes for the achievement of human potential.

The Institutes is a group of nonprofit institutes founded by Glenn Doman in 1955. The Institutes is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development and for its programs to help brain-injured children achieve wellness and well children achieve excellence.

Historically, children diagnosed with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, learning problems, dyslexia, and a host of other symptomatic diagnoses have been considered hopeless.

Thousands of parents have come to The Institutes to learn how to help their children at home. Those parents have proven beyond any doubt that brain-injured children are not hopeless, but instead have tremendous potential. The Institutes exists to insure that all brain-injured children have a fighting chance to be well.

The objective of The Institutes is to take brain-injured children, however severely hurt, and help them to achieve normality physically, intellectually, physiologically, and socially.

For over a half-century, families have found their way to The Institutes from more than 120 nations. The families of The Institutes represent virtually every race, religion, and creed on earth.

While there is a great diversity of background, language, and culture among the families, they have in common an extraordinary devotion to their children. Their children are their first priority in life. They are committed to doing everything in their power to help their children realize their full potential.

So we wish the Bove Family a safe trip and hope that our donation towards the cost of the course helps not only young Daniel but all of the family.

Once again a big thank you to all of our members, guests, friends, and our sponsors that make these donations happen. Without all of your support coming to our functions we wouldn’t be able to help our friends in need.

Over $20,000 in donations by the Cargo Club

Over the years we have supported the following organisations to name but a few. Children’s Hospital, Tourette’s Australia, Heart for Kids, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Children’s First foundation, Make-a-wish foundation, Anglicare, The Smith family, Australian Red Cross.

In late 2014 when the club was reinvigorated and relaunched a mandate was called that in future the club should try to help and assist our own industry colleagues that may need assistance through our fundraising.

We are pleased to advise that in this short time we already have assisted members and colleagues that have loved ones that suffer from the following afflictions being Cru Du Chat, Rhett Syndrome & Down Syndrome. Whether it has been assistance to attend medical conferences, buy special equipment to assist in their child’s development the club is proud to been able to assist with donations for the past 12 months in excess of $20,000.

Cargo Club supplies $3,680 for Rhett Syndrome Sufferer

The Cargo Club was advised during our Christmas party that there was a young girl named Chloe Spicer that suffers from Rhett Syndrome.Chloe

Rett syndrome is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by normal early development followed by loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, gait abnormalities, seizures, and mental retardation. It affects females almost exclusively.

A lot of girls with Rett Syndrome develop scoliosis therefore specialised chairs are important for their posture to keep them in straight upright position.

Speaking to her mum Melinda Buttery from Loch M Fraser who advised that she was in need of a specialised wheel chair to help with the above. After further discussion with the committee the Cargo Club is pleased to advise that they will be donating $3680.00 to purchase this chair for Chloe!