Charles Sturt supports Country Hope for sick kids and their families

8 AUGUST 2022

Charles Sturt supports Country Hope for sick kids and their families

Charles Sturt University gives hope and happiness to sick kids and their families through a $1,000 grant to an arts and craft activity day in Wagga Wagga.

The recent Arts and Craft Activity Day organized by The Country Hope Trust in Wagga Wagga was made possible after receiving $1,000 funding under the 2022 Charles Sturt Community University Partnership Grants program.

The event is held for children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses, and their families to provide a happy distraction from the worries and pressures associated with their illness.

The grant went towards arts and craft materials for activities that the children and their families could participate in, along with a visit and support from local Wagga Wagga artist Ms Kim Baker.

Charles Sturt University Director, External Engagement (Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga) Ms Samantha Beresford said a more deserving recipient under the CUP grants program you would not find.

“This program is about partnering with local groups who support the heart and soul of communities within the Charles Sturt University footprint,” Ms Beresford said.

“I saw firsthand how the Arts and Craft Activity Day touched the lives of everyone present, creating life-long, happy memories for the children, their siblings and parents.”

Parent Ms Peta Zaric who attended the activity day with her family said the event brought much happiness and peace to her whole family.

“Our son Cody has a couple of major health issues but the main one at present is Dent disease which affects the kidneys, bones, and his growth. This means he spends a lot of time in hospitals which is really hard on him and his sister Bree who also has to miss out on many of the fun things kids are usually doing each week,” Ms Zaric said.

“Bree was so happy to be there. She had so much fun making things and playing with the other kids. She would also like to be a doctor one day so having a community connection with the University helps build her confidence in attaining a university degree.

“I would like to thank Charles Sturt University for the kindness and generosity that you have shared with Country Hope and our families. It means more than you could ever imagine, and my family is so very grateful that you made this possible for my two beautiful kids,” Ms Zaric said.

The Activity Day also created a space for parents and children to bond and connect with other families, while getting creative. Children were introduced to a range of art techniques and mediums while they learnt new creative skills they could continue to use and enjoy at home.

Applications for the 2023 Charles Sturt CUP Grants program open at the beginning of next year.

Grants of up to $1,000 can be put towards equipment and material purchases, workshops and catering for projects that fall within any of these categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports Development
  • Education Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability

Applications can be made via the ‘Grants’ page on the Charles Sturt website.

For more information, please contact

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Samantha Beresford, contact Trease Clarke at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0409 741 789 or via

Photo caption: 

Miss Bree Wheeler; Charles Sturt University Director, External Engagement (Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga) Ms Samantha Beresford; Miss Ceinwein Milton 

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