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Stewart House has a proud record of providing short-term respite care to thousands of children in need each year. It has survived only because of the very generous support of NSW government school teachers and school communities who have adopted Stewart House as their No 1 charity and because of the support received from many other organisations and individuals including police officers and volunteer workers.
Stewart House gives children the opportunity of enjoying the life of a child, often for the first time. Children from Kindergarten to Year 10 are eligible. There is NO cost to children's parents. Children are given medical, dental and optometric assessments and if necessary treatment and/or referral to an appropriate specialist. In order to pay for the costs of the children's food, their bedding, the excursions we take them on, their supervisors' salaries and various operating costs, we must now raise $2.7 million each year. Supervisors must be employed to care for the children in their dormitories overnight and to supervise them at meal times and on excursions and weekend activities.
Stewart House is the official charity of the NSW Teachers Federation. The Federation calls on its members to join the salary contribution scheme for Stewart House or, if they are already Stewart House supporters, to consider increasing their support.