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 people of all ages 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 been touched by Down syndrome

Through business partnerships to provide services and support to all people with Down syndrome to reach their potential

To provide assistance to help people 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.

On top of this, Dr Freelander was elected as MP for Macarthur in 2016 for the Australian Labor Party, and is widely backed by the local community. 

The Creed

My face may be different
But my feelings the same

I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains

I was sent here among you
To teach you to love

As God in the heavens
Looks down from above

To Him I am no different
His love knows no bounds

It's those here among you
In cities and towns

That judge me by standards
That man has imparted

But this family I've chosen
Will help me get started

For I'm one of the children
So special and few

That came here to learn
The same lessons as you

That love is acceptance
It comes from the heart

We all have the same purpose
Though not from the start

The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace

And I'll do it as you do
But at my own pace

Support Us Today

With your help through donations, we can help everyone get the right start. We are grateful for donations of any size. 

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