Thank you to everyone who supported our recent crowdfunding event, Connect for Youth, where over $200,200 was raised for Triple Care Farm. What an achievement!

This exciting ‘pitch & pledge’ charity evening harnessed the power of collective giving, powered by The Funding Network Australia. Through philanthropy, together we create lifesaving change for young people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Watch all the evening’s action in the video highlights below!

Connect for Youth

Meet the 2022 presenters

Sara, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Withdrawal Program

Sara is a passionate and highly motivated clinical nurse specialist who is dedicated to providing optimal health outcomes, care and support for young people at Triple Care Farm’s Withdrawal Program (David Martin Place).

Sara is currently studying for her Graduate Certificate to specialise in practice nursing at the Australian Nursing College and has a Bachelor of Nursing from University of Wollongong. 

Sara is a participant in the Australian College of Nursing’s 2022 Emerging Nurse Leader Program

Impact Spring 2021

Helen, Program Manager

Rehabilitation Program

Helen has been the Program Manager at Triple Care Farm’s Residential Rehabilitation program since February 2021.

Helen is a highly experienced health services manager, having worked and volunteered across Aged Care, NDIS, Family and Community Services in the Illawarra region throughout her career.

Helen is passionate about empowering and supporting young people to live a life of their choice through trust, respect, and compassion

Clare, Triple Care Farm Graduate

Aftercare Program

Clare, 22, is a Graduate of Triple Care Farm, and recently completed the Aftercare Program. She is currently living independently on the NSW South Coast and completing an apprenticeship with a catering company, whilst attending TAFE.

Clare was a recipient of a Sir David Martin Foundation student scholarship in 2021 for her outstanding commitment to the program.

She brings invaluable Lived Experience to our Connect for Youth event.

How does crowdfunding work?

The evening event was hosted by our special guest MC, ABC Broadcaster James Valentine, who introduced three exceptional speakers  passionate about Triple Care Farm’s life-saving youth drug and alcohol programs.

Each speaker receives 6 minutes to deliver their pitch about why their program deserves your support. Then the fun really starts!  Audience members pledge their financial support for each pitch in a fast paced and interactive giving segment.

At the end of the night we reveal the total amount raised, against a backdrop of laughter, tears and gratitude! Drinks and light refreshments are served before and during the event.

You can watch the highlights of the 2022 event in the short video above.

TFN James Valentine

Who should attend?

Everyone! This event is for anyone who is committed to helping vulnerable young Australians break the devastating cycle of addiction! This special crowdfunding evening offers a new & exciting way of giving for individuals, families, schools and corporates. Hear from the people at the front line of the programs, and learn about the impact they are having each day for young people in crisis, before committing your donation. There will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with speakers and guests  – you can even challenge your friends and colleagues to match your donation. Together, we can connect and make real and lasting change for young people seeking help to turn their lives around.

What is The Funding Network?

The Funding Network (TFN) connects forward-thinking funders and businesses with grassroots organisations to drive positive social change. Their high-energy TFN Live crowdfunding events raise vital funds for the greater good. Learn more about recent TFN events here

Want to know more?

We’d love to hear from you! Simply email Jenny Leahy at if you want more information about how to get involved with Connect for Youth.

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