A lifeline for our littlest people
Driven by community spirit, the Karen Fitzgerald Fund is a tribute to the woman herself – a pioneer of child protection services in South Australia and a champion of children's safety and rights.
Under the wings of Flinders Foundation, this volunteer group creates a brighter future for at-risk and disadvantaged young people, opening doors to a world of opportunity through:
More than 60 First Nations children and carers experience transformative cultural camps every year, fostering awareness and understanding.
Music & art workshops
Empowering programs nurture skills and confidence, allowing children to express themselves creatively.
Refugee youth receive assistance to join national sporting tournaments, unlocking their potential. Funding school and university tuitions and equipment.
Karen Fitzgerald Oration
An annual oration enriches professional growth and provides vital resources for children and young people.
“Every child deserves a safe and loving start to life.”
- Karen Fitzgerald OP, OAM Inaugural director of the Child Protection Service at Flinders Medical Centre
Remembering Karen Fitzgerald OP, OAM
Karen's path in life was built on dedication and compassion. She was, for more than 40 years, a Dominican Sister, drawing from her roles as teacher, school principal and clinical psychologist to devote her life to helping others.
Serving as the inaugural Director of the Child Protection Service at Flinders Medical Centre from 1989 until her retirement in 2011, Karen's pioneering efforts in child protection were recognised internationally. Her legacy endures long after her passing in 2012.
Be a guardian of hope
Your contribution is more than a gift; it's a catalyst for change. It's a chance to rewrite the stories of those who've experienced hardship beyond their years.
By supporting the Karen Fitzgerald Fund, you're creating a brighter tomorrow for vulnerable children today.Donate to the Karen Fitzgerald fund today