Our Work

The Sargood Foundation is a community based, DGR registered charity which exists to support and resource the work of Sargood on Collaroy. Our vision is to provide people living with spinal cord injury with the opportunities to live life to the fullest.

The Foundation raised $25m to launch and develop Sargood on Collaroy and has a 25% ownership in the facility, with the other owners being a private benefactor and icare. Our role is to oversee the management of the Centre and fundraise to provide equipment, facilities and subsidised stays at Sargood on Collaroy for guests who otherwise could not afford this valuable experience.

The Sargood Foundation works to provide equipment, facilities, and subsidised stays at Sargood on Collaroy for guests who otherwise could not afford this valuable experience.
The Foundation is committed to supporting those living with spinal cord injury over the forthcoming year and we have allocated resources to fund the following grants program alongside our efforts to meet the ongoing demand for new equipment which allows us to offer our guests the chance to experience new activities and experiences which are critically important when you spend all day, every day, in a chair.

We will also facilitate support for those who receive inadequate insurance support – sometimes extending their stay or including much appreciated activities. A break at Sargood can bring together a family that has been through difficult times.

The 2020/21 grants program includes:

Over 65’s Grants to stay at Sargood – When someone over 65 suffers a spinal cord injury, their insurance cover and Aged Care pension is unable to provide for a stay at Sargood on Collaroy. Many people who acquire their injury later in life are unable to fulfill their dreams of travel and their savings are used to fund the equipment and supplies needed to support a life with SCI. The Sargood Foundation believes that this situation is inequitable and so we will again fund the Colin Apps Memorial Grants program to June 2021. Each grant is for a 5-night stay at Sargood on Collaroy for an Australian resident aged over 65 years with spinal cord injury and demonstrated financial hardship.

Travel Grants – Often insurance will just cover the cost of the guest’s stay at Sargood and so the Foundation will continue to provide travel grants to help those in financial distress get to Sargood. A stay at Sargood is more than just a holiday for those who live with spinal cord injury. Our beautiful resort provides guests, their partner, friend, and/or attendant care workers with much-needed respite, refreshment, and relaxation. It is also a place of learning, where guests gain confidence, skills, and the empowerment to live full and rewarding lives.

Gym Memberships – Again, we intend to continue this funding through 2020/21 with the Foundation supporting gym memberships. This provides health and fitness benefits alongside fellowship and company which is very meaningful to people who live with spinal cord injury as they can often experience extreme isolation and loneliness.

Golf Weekend Grant – Thanks to the donation received from Long Reef Gold Club, we were able to award the inaugural John Mullins grant in March – repeat grants will be available 2020/21

Staff Award – Our best asset is our staff and so The Sargood Foundation is proud to launch our recognition program for employees of Sargood on Collaroy who have shown outstanding work in their sincerity of care, and service to our guests. This grant is named after Sheree Hurley who was a great friend of Sargood on Collaroy. In the early days of development, Sheree was instrumental in giving practical advice and encouragement to the team

How to apply for a sponsored stay

If you wish to apply for financial assistance towards your stay from the Sargood Foundation, please action the following:

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Please contact Sargood on Collaroy on 02 8597 0600 and ask to be sent a Booking Enquiry Form.

As part of the Booking Enquiry Form you will be asked how you will be funding your stay. Please select that you would like to apply for financial assistance through the Sargood Foundation.

You will then be asked four questions about your stay:

  1. Why are you applying for financial assistance?
  2. What goals are you looking to achieve by staying at Sargood on Collaroy?
  3. How much can you afford to contribute each night of your stay?
  4. Agree to being contacted by the Sargood Foundation and providing a promotional testimonial about my funded stay.

You may be asked to demonstrate your financial hardship by supplying documents such as a copy of your tax returns showing your household income from the last financial year, a copy of your concession card or other evidence from Centrelink or Government body.

Available dates will be offered by The Sargood Foundation, keeping your preference of dates in mind.

Once we receive this Booking Enquiry Form, Sargood on Collaroy will be in touch with you to notify you regarding the outcome of your application.

Funding will be awarded as a maximum 3 night stay for those living in Metro Sydney and a maximum 5 night stay for those travelling from other areas.

Please note the following conditions in regard to Sponsored Stays:

  • Available to Australian permanent residents only
  • Priority will be given to new guests
  • The limit of financial assistance to any one individual will be one stay in a 3 year period, as available funds need to be shared equitably among all eligible guests
  • Nights are to be taken in a single stay
  • Standard and Deluxe rooms only, no upgrades available
  • A second room will be considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly for families
  • Guests will be invited to contribute what they can afford to their stay
  • Available dates will be offered by Sargood keeping guest preference of dates in mind
  • All financial assistance is granted at the discretion of the Sargood Foundation and available funding. No appeal or correspondence will be entered into

We are committed to protecting your personal information, and ensuring its privacy, accuracy and security. We handle your personal information in a responsible manner and we only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided to us, for related purposes (for personal information excluding credit eligibility information), or as required or permitted by law.