Established in 1976 with proceeds from the SAS Channel 7 Adelaide (then SAS10) annual Christmas Appeal telethon, the Foundation dedicates its fundraising to improving the health, education and welfare of Australia’s children and young people.
Each year $1.5 million is distributed to South Australia’s world-class research organisations, universities, institutes, health services and other establishments that work tirelessly to generate new knowledge and build research capability that’s vital to improving the quality of life for children.
Since its inception, the Foundation has provided grants in excess of $28 million to community-based studies, clinical studies and basic science projects in the children’s research fields of allied health, fertility and pregnancy, dentistry, education, environment, nursing, medicine, mental health, midwifery and social sciences.
Today, the Foundation is especially committed to supporting the nation’s campaign to tackle the critical areas of child protection, mental health, the effects of obesity, and the impacts that social determinants have on a child’s life.
The Foundation is proudly associated with Channel 7 Adelaide and South Australia’s leading research and service organisations of Flinders University, Novita Children’s Services, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, which together forms its honorary Board and independent Research Committee.
It’s also a founder and lead funder of the Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, currently headed by Professor Jozef Gécz who in 2019 was named South Australia’s Scientist of the Year at the Science Excellence Awards.
Operating as a registered charity and a not-for-profit incorporated association, where operational efficiency is a priority, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation works tirelessly to increase the funds it provides through the careful management of its investment returns from an endowment portfolio, and by seeking and nurturing the charitable giving, corporate partnerships and kind patronage it gratefully receives from Australia’s business and family communities.
An honorary Board oversees the Foundation, and comprises representatives from Channel 7 Adelaide, Novita Children’s Services, the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.
CHANNEL 7 ADELAIDE:
Mr Len Frankham – CHAIRPERSON
Mr Paul Jury – Deputy Chairperson
Mr Stephen Woolley
Mr Dennis Earl
Ms Libby Rayner
NOVITA CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Mr Greg de Cure
WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH NETWORK
Dr Jennifer Fereday
Funding for research projects is granted annually on the recommendation of an independent Research Committee, comprising nominees of the Foundation, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
CO-OPTED BY THE BOARD
Professor Kevin Forsyth – CHAIRPERSON
Rosanna Mangiarelli is the host of the Seven Network’s Today Tonight. She is passionate about delivering news and current events affecting the world and has interviewed a myriad of international, national and state identities.
The Patron of the Foundation is the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC
International Human Genetics expert, Professor Jozef Gécz, leads a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research program in Adelaide focused on defining the origins and early diagnosis of childhood disability. Jozef is Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, which was established under a partnership between the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute.
The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation sponsors PhD top-up scholarships for scholars undertaking projects in the area of healthy development. The Scholars will be ‘enrolled’ in the HDA Research Training Program with mentoring, career development opportunities, and research training placements.
The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation supports the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Annual Scientific Week’s Annual Gala Dinner.
The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation is governed by the Rules of the Foundation, in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act, 1985 as amended.