By Lauren Hermon
It was eight years ago when South Australian furniture company, Le Cornu, specially branded bed mattresses with the Little Heroes Foundation logo.
When Le Cornu customers purchased these mattresses, a percentage of the sale was donated to the charity supporting seriously ill kids in South Australia.
The ongoing partnership continues to raise funds towards essential equipment and services for sick children and their families.
With a vision to make a difference, Le Cornu is now supporting Little Heroes’ latest project to build what is described as Australia’s ‘first’ Centre for Robotics and Innovation.
The centre will feature the latest rehabilitation equipment designed for children and adolescents.
The Food Experience Market is just one of Le Cornu’s fundraising events to support the centre’s build.
The market showcases fresh food and produce in Adelaide, including new foods and nutrition education classes.
The winners of the world’s greatest BBQers, ‘The Smoking Joint’, served its award winning meat at a recent market, while special celebrity chef Jean-Claude de Toulouse ran cooking classes.
“The first two markets held in May and June were a great success, combining good food, free entertainment (local Adelaide musicians and DJ) and a feel good, family vibe and atmosphere for South Australians to enjoy,” says Todd Duthie, Le Cornu Head of Marketing.
“We admire the work of the Little Heroes Foundation and felt they too were a South Australian icon and a great charity to support and align our brand with,” he adds.
The Centre for Robotics and Innovation, based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, is a $4 million dollar project; apparently the largest the charity has undertaken.
The centre also includes a five year clinical research study to uncover new ways to help kids re-learn everyday tasks like walking.
Le Cornu, which was recently announced as the major sponsor of the Little Heroes Foundation Melbourne Cup Luncheon, also supports Anglicare, Soldier On, SCOSA, Fight Cancer Foundation and the Heart Foundation.
“We believe it is very important to our customers and our staff that iconic South Australian businesses like Le Cornu actively give back to the community,” Todd says.
Le Cornu is a Brand South Australia member.