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In 2002, BIG W launched a national campaign called the Big Heart Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of customers and staff at our BIG W Stores around Australia and our suppliers, Big Heart has raised millions of dollars for local children’s hospitals, wards and foundations.

100% of funds raised go to children's hospitals, wards and foundations around Australia to fund facilities, equipment and medical equipment to help Australia's sickest children.

In addition to the personal donations, funds are also raised by local BIG W Stores by holding hundreds of sausage sizzles, selling thousands of raffle tickets and running numerous cake stalls, lamington drives, trivia nights, and annual fund-raising balls.

BIG W also sells various fundraising merchandise at their checkouts to support National Health Programs such as Jeans for Genes Day and National Breast Cancer day

BIG W is also proud to support the following charities

    2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  Make A Wish N/A N/A N/A N/A $50,756 $69,608 $51,727
Cystic Fibrosis "65 Roses" $72,497 $64,888 $59,766 $35,786 $81,495 $69,105  
Starlight Children's Foundation Logo Starlight Children's Foundation N/A N/A N/A $106,446 $70,849 $89,093  
SIDS & Kids Red Nose Day $202,481 $163,458 $152,124 $114,623 $100,012 $81,705  
Jeans for Genes Day $107,271 $69,266 $27,822 $52,818 $98,944 $138,965  
National Breast Cancer Foundation /Cancer Council $150,171 $53,573 $181,119 $44,755 $235,022 $78,580  
RSPCA $233,127 $174,914 $234,755 $209,716 $202,770 $92,430  
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Logo Spinal Muscular Atrophy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $26,478 $24,794
Canteen Australia Logo Canteen Bandanna Day N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $39,456  

Big W Big Heart Campaign Beneficiaries

The Sydney Children's Hospital
Since the fundraising program started 5 years ago, our BIG W Stores have raised in excess of $1,080,000. To date, funds have been put towards the purchase of equipment and for research into children’s breathing problems and childhood obesity. This year, our donation of $280,000 will be used in the field of children's Respiratory Research.

The Royal Children’s Hospital VIC
In Victoria BIG W have been fundraising to help the development of a Children’s Heart Centre that specialises in paediatric cardiology research and clinical services. The BIG W Victorian team’s efforts have resulted in over $500,000 being raised in the last four years. With the continued assistance and support of BIG W VIC the Centre will be able to make an unrivalled contribution to the cardio vascular health of children at an international level.

The Royal Children’s Hospital VIC
In Victoria BIG W have been fundraising to help the development of a Children’s Heart Centre that specialises in paediatric cardiology research and clinical services. The BIG W Victorian team’s efforts have resulted in over $500,000 being raised in the last four years. With the continued assistance and support of BIG W VIC the Centre will be able to make an unrivalled contribution to the cardio vascular health of children at an international level.

The Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital
BIG W SA and NT Stores have elected the Bone Growth Foundation as their recipient charity for their fundraising efforts over a five year period commencing 2003. As a result of this staff fundraising BIG W will be donating $50,000 plus to the Foundation each year until 2008.

The Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth
In recent years, donations from BIG W stores in WA have helped fund a new Gait Treatment Facility at PMH for children with a variety of orthopaedic, cardiopulmonary, neurological and rheumatologic problems including Cerebral Palsy, head injuries and spinal dysfunction

If you would like to help us, with any of the above hospital initiatives donations can be made at the checkouts in any BIG W store.