The Charities

The Peninsula Pals Melbourne Cup Lunch supports four charities: Be Centre, Burdekin Association, Sunnyfield and SMS Lighthouse. Find out about each of the charities below.










Be Centre is a special place supporting vulnerable children (3-13yrs) and their families whose lives have been impacted by trauma such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect, bullying, divorce and separation, illness and bereavement, impact of drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression or other social, emotional or behavioural challenges.


We are based in Warriewood and are the largest centre in Australia dedicated to providing effective therapeutic services to children facing serious life challenges. We have also recently opened a new centre in Manly to help met the need within the community.

A child’s pain and suffering are often not outwardly visible and they may not have the words to express their experiences or feelings. Our unique Play Therapy program offers a safe environment for children to tell their stories, helping them make sense of what is happening on the inside to restore their trust, build self-confidence so that grow up with prospects not problems so they can take the best possible path in life.


Be Centre is a registered charity and relies solely on the generosity of the community and corporate Australia to ensure we can continue to provide a brighter future for our children.


The Burdekin Association have successfully operated on the Northern Beaches for over 30 years. 

We work with local homeless and at risk young people and our community partners. We provide support, accommodation and hope to these children and young people. We offer a range of tailored services to young people aged 12 -24 and their families.


We operate from a trauma informed evidence base and provide client driven wrap around case management support – we produce great outcomes with our inspirational young people.

Support is provided for our young people to achieve their educational and employment goals.


We turn lives around - amongst our recent past (formerly homeless) tenants we have an accountant, a political journalist, High School teachers, real estate agents a flying Dr Pilot an elite athlete and an aspiring master chef.

Our mission at Single Mums Support is to walk hand in hand in a non-judgemental supportive role with women who may be experiencing a difficult moment as a single parent. We will do everything we can to help you in meeting your needs or connecting you with other services who may be able to assist you with life's priorities and support through those challenges.

Our Services:

- Training and education at "Moving Forward" support groups with key speakers who address specific topics.

- Hand in hand support in addressing issues such as: legal matters, referrals to other agencies, support letters, family issues, navigating divorce etc.

- Provide a warm and welcome office space for one on one case management.

- Support and assistance with mediation & court appearances.

- Assistance with finding accommodation & work opportunities.

- Financial management and debt coaching.

- Addressing domestic violence issues.

- Practical help to provide a way forward.


Sunnyfield was founded in 1952 by a local mother, Hazel Whiddon, who placed an advertisement in the Manly Daily looking for parents of intellectually disabled children who had been told that their children could be best cared for in a government institution. Hazel didn’t accept this and with other likeminded families, Sunnyfield was born.


Our mission is to enrich the lives of the people with disability by creating choice, opportunities and skills for life. We actively support 1800 children and adults with intellectual disability at home, in the community and at work.


Our clients are beautiful and unique individuals who deserve to live fulfilling lives and have opportunities like anyone else. They are often some of the most underprivileged in our community. Sunnyfield is passionate about providing the best possible services and support to clients putting them at the centre of all decisions and thinking.

SMS Lighthouse

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