Special occasion fundraisers

Planning a special occasion?

Are you celebrating a birthday, a wedding, or a christening?

You may wish to encourage your friends and family to support Mater Foundation Brisbane in lieu of gifts, or choose to make a donation in their name instead of having party/wedding favours.

If you’re encouraging donations instead of gifts, we can help you build your own personalised online fundraising page. You can then share the unique link to your page with friends and family with a short message explaining your wishes—and why it is important to you to support Mater. 

The funds you raise can be directed to the area of specific interest to you or channelled into one or more of our areas of focus including Mothers and babies, Cancer care and research, Neurosciences, Young Adults, or simply to the area of greatest need.

Unsure of how to ask your friends and family to donate instead of giving you a gift? Here are some examples of what you could write, along with explaining why Mater Foundation Brisbane is your chosen charity:


“We have been fortunate to have good health and love in our lives. The greatest gifts we can receive are your continued friendship and your presence at our [INSERT EVENT HERE]. However, if you are considering a gift, we encourage you to please commemorate [INSERT EVENT HERE} with a gift to Mater Foundation.”


“Most importantly, it is your presence, rather than presents, that we are looking forward to most. We are extremely thankful to be able to say that we truly don’t “need” anything, except the continued support of our family and friends. We would be honoured by a donation to Mater Foundation in lieu of a traditional gift. Click the link below to make a donation through our personal fundraising page (that way we can thank you for your generosity!).


“[INSERT NAME HERE], a contribution to our favourite charity, Mater Foundation, is a wonderful way to commemorate [her] special day. We’d truly appreciate your gift in kind.”


By showing your support in asking for donations in lieu of gifts for your special occasion, you are playing a vital role in keeping Mater at the forefront of patient care, education and research. For that, we can’t thank you enough.

If you have a question about fundraising or would like to discuss your fundraising plans, please contact our Community Fundraising team on 07 3163 8000 or foundation@mater.org.au