About Us



What is the Right Start Foundation?

The Right Start Foundation Ltd is a charitable organisation which was started in 2010 by a group of parents whose children have Down syndrome. Led by the vision of mum Glenda Graban, these parents dedicated themselves to ensuring that children with Down syndrome could receive all the support they could get, to set them on the road to a happy and rewarding life.

The Right Start Foundation provides monetary grants across Australia to assist children and young people who have Down syndrome. Grants of up to $4,000 pa have been made possible for families in need of financial assistance, through the fundraising efforts of the Right Start Foundation and the generous donations of businesses and members of the community alike.

The aims of the Right Start Foundation are to:


  • Raise awareness in the community about Down syndrome
  • Provide a network of information, friendship and support for families who have a child with Down syndrome
  • Through business partnerships to provide services and supports that children with Down syndrome need to reach their potential
  • To provide financial assistance to help children with Down syndrome to ‘get the right start in life'.



Our Patron

Our patron is well known Macarthur region paediatrician Michael Freelander. Dr Freelander has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of children while working as a paediatrician in the region for more than 20 years. Dr Freelander is also a senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney's medical school in Campbelltown. He has a solid background in diagnosing and treating children with disabilities and his guidance as the Foundation's patron is highly valued.