The Design Circus is about growing the understanding and culture of design through education and the pulling together of the design community. We also aim to raise money and awareness for a range of local charities. Find out more about some of the charities we will be supporting below:

Camp Quality

Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.

The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey. Our programs are Australia-wide: we have an office in every state and territory.

Right from diagnosis, throughout treatment and in remission or bereavement, our programs support the whole family; at hospital, at home, back at school and away from it all.

This means we support the mums, dads and siblings of kids with cancer too; our research shows that cancer has a huge impact on them and they often feel neglected by support that focuses solely on the child with cancer. This makes our inclusion of these family members across our programs unique, essential and urgent - so they can quickly form a solid support network around their brother / sister or son / daughter with cancer.

We’ve also started to provide programs that support children under 13 who have a parent living with cancer. This is in response to the growing demand for this type of support from parents, along with education and health sector professionals. Over the next couple of years we will be rolling out a number of programs to help meet the needs of these kids. We have started off with the Education Program and we will be launching the Kids App in July 2015. Other program will become available once we are certain that we are meeting the needs of this group in the most effective and equitable manner across Australia.

Operating since 1983, our programs create a supportive, resilient and optimistic community for families living with cancer.

According to Oglivy’s market research arm, AMR, as of 2015 Camp Quality is the highest ranking children’s charity in Australia in terms of reputation (6th overall). The ranking is the result of surveying 4,066 Australians and asking them questions about charities covering seven parameters: Services, Innovation, Workplace, Citizenship, Governance, Leadership and Cost Management.

Autism West

Autism West is a charity focused on enhancing the lives of families affected by autism. Its aim is to provide families with the practical and emotional support and tools they need to help their child reach their full potential and integrate effectively within their community. 

Autism West places a strong emphasis on building networks and linking families and individuals living with autism to each other, as well as with the wider community. Autism West offers services that help fill the gaps in the autism community, such as autism specific therapy and social groups. Autism West is an independent not for profit charitable organisation, providing a range of services to people affected by autism, as well as to their siblings, carers, parents, health professionals, teachers and the community.

Our services include: group therapy, information, research, advocacy, autism resources, conferences, TOBY (an autism therapy App). We also seek to raise awareness of autism in the community.

Save Our Sons

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease of childhood. One in every 3,500 newborn boys have Duchenne. Very rarely it also affects girls (approximately 1 in 50 million girls). It occurs across all races and cultures.

Symptoms of Duchenne usually appear between ages two and five years and may include difficulty: running, jumpinSave Our Sons Facebookg, climbing and rising from the floor, frequent falls, enlarged calf muscles, toe walking and delays in language development. The first muscles affected are those around the hips and upper thigh. Weakness gradually progresses to include all the muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles), the muscles used for breathing and the heart.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps more than one million Australians every year In an average week, the Salvation Army provides an estimated;

  • 100,000 meals for the hungry
  • 2,000 beds for the homeless
  • 5,000 to 8,000 food vouchers
  • 1,000 people with assistance in finding employment
  • Refuge to 500 victims of abuse
  • Assistance to 500 people addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling
  • Several thousand people with counselling
  • 3,000 elderly people with aged care services
  • 1,000 people in the court system with chaplaincy services
  • Family tracing services which locate 40 missing family members

From these diverse activities, The Salvos have grown to be one of Australia's most respected charitable organisations.


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