The Pettet Family Foundation

Providing assistance to families in need
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The Pettet Family Foundation Background

On 26 January 2001 the entire Pettet family of Park Orchards (Bill, Cher, Rob and Sharni) were tragically killed in an horrific car accident on the South Gippsland Highway.

The family was an integral part of the community and were great contributors to it, especially to the Park Orchards Primary School.

To ensure that the family name continues in the community a trust has been established to provide assistance to families or children who are in a needy or crisis situation.

The Foundation’s charter is to provide crisis intervention for children and their families. We help disadvantaged children and in some instances the whole family who fall into some form of crisis or hardship, we are an immediate charity and we do not provide for long term assistance as such we primarily provide cash or payment support in the form of purchase vouchers, food vouchers, and other immediate funds assistance but we also arrange or provide counselling, budgeting and financial advice.

Quite often these situations arise from family breakdowns where a parent is suddenly left to fend for themselves and for their children. We can provide professional support from a registered psychologist, social workers, speech therapists and numerous others who donate their time freely to help these families who are in dire need of assistance. Unlike government bodies and larger charity bodies we are able to act at a moment’s notice.

The Pettet Family Foundation is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible. 100% of all funds raised are used in direct aid. All administrative costs and services are provided free of charge by the trustees and by our many supporters.

The Foundation generally does not offer direct contact but works through Primary School Principals or Vice Principals and other support groups. If you have anyone that we could help please download the PFF Application Form below:


Professional Reference

Our Typical Case Support

Below are some examples of the support services The Pettet Foundation has offered through its history.

1. Payment of school camp fees for financially distressed family at Milgate Primary School. $290.00

2. School camp fees for two underprivileged children at Rustin Park Primary School. $290.00

3. Support for five students from financially distressed families at Donburn Primary School for attendance at school camps at Gundiwindi Lodge and Forest Lodge Farm. $1,360.00

4. Support for victim of family violence to enter into bookkeeping course at Holmesglen TAFE. $430.00

5. Payment of Level 3 school camp fees for two financially distressed children at Mullum Primary School. $380.00

6. Support for children attending Somers Camp from Tinternvale Primary School. $405.00

7. Support for two financially distressed Sudanese children attending Mt Evelyn & Sovereign Hill school camps from Heathmont East Primary School. $345.00

8. Assistance with cost of autism assessment of Grade 2 student at Mooroolbark East Primary School. $198.75

9. Literacy Intensive Program and subsequent Speech pathology consultation for financially distressed student at Heathmont East Primary School. $700.00

10. Support for 13 children from financially distressed families to attend intensive school swimming programs at Heathmont East Primary School. $1,014.00

11. Financial support – 8 sessions of occasional care for child with special needs due to behavioural and learning disabilities. $120.00

12. Purchase of food and clothing vouchers for Xmas for financially distressed family at Bayswater South Primary School. $300.00

13. Theatre Passes for a young family with a 2 year old suffering from a brain tumor. $420.75

14. Purchase of therapeutic Warm Water Bath for financially distressed and health impaired child requiring specialised and on-going medical treatment. $1,147.38

15. Payment of Term 1 swimming lessons for underprivileged child at Aurora School. $338.00

16. Support for provision of additional teaching aide hours for underprivileged disabled child at Warrandyte & District Pre-School. $774.40

17. Purchase of bed sensor and epilepsy seizure kit for financially distressed family with child suffering from frequent and severe epilepsy. $797.36

18. Support for two immigrant children for attendance at Eastwood Primary School Year 6 Camp at Echuca. $650.00

19. Support for underprivileged children at Great Ryrie Primary School for attendance at School Camp. $1,710.00

20. Purchase of sundry clothing items for underprivileged child to attend her Year 6 graduation ceremony. $114.85

21. Purchase and installation of heater for financially distressed family suffering from domestic violence in Olinda. $300.00

22. Payment of fees for attendance at Somers Camp for child at Warrandyte Primary School $145.00

23. Payment of school camp and swimming lesson fees for 3 disadvantaged children at Antonio Park Primary School $1200.00

24. Purchase of Coles vouchers for distressed family at Milgate Primary School $500.00

25. Payment of fees for school aide for intellectually disadvantaged child at Warrandyte Pre-School $1064.80

26. Assistance with cost of medical implant for Kinglake child $1124.30

27. Payment of fees at remedial school for child with behavioural difficulties $1500.00

28. Financial assistance for child with growth disorder $250.00

29. Payment of Camp fees and partial uniform costs for child at Ferntree Gully North Primary School $435.00

30. Payment of school camp fees for child at Boronia Heights Primary School $230.00

31. Payment of electricity account for financially distressed family $262.48

32. Payment of camp fees for disabled children at the Aurora School $400.00

33. Food vouchers and telephone cards for distressed family referred by Eastern Access Community Health $270.00

34. Payment of scouting fees for underprivileged child at Heathmont Primary School $325.00

35. Swimming lesson fees for child of financially distressed family at Chirnside Park Primary School $180.00

36. Assistance with car registration for deserted wife with underprivileged children – referred by EACH $624.10

Contact Us

The Pettet Family Foundation can be contacted via email using the web form below, or you may call one of members directly with your enquiry.