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Many of our donors and sponsors understand there is a woeful lack of support for grieving fathers. You can help by making a donation.
All donations over $2 are tax-deductible

This is the spot to give us money

Many of our donors and sponsors understand there is a woeful lack of support for grieving fathers. You can help by making a donation.
All donations over $2 are tax-deductible

Support in Hospital

The entire “hospital experience” is fraught with stresses for dads and of course their families, everything from a major relocation to finding the spare cash to pay for parking. Parents face these enormous stresses – financial, emotional and practical, as they manage the juggle of hospital, home, other children and work, all against a background of uncertainty.

If this is a prolonged period while an infant is in intensive care the stresses of these apparently minor issues can seem to multiply exponentially. In terms of relocation in particular – for regional families who have to move their families to be near the NICU – this is much more. It’s extremely expensive.

Having to drop everything and leave home is a common occurrence for many families when their babies are struggling in a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It doesn’t help when accommodation near hospitals is hard to find and costs a lot as well.

To reduce this stress, Pillars of Strength leases an apartment near Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) at St Leonards in Sydney so regional families have somewhere to stay in the first stages of their baby’s hospitalisation – at no cost to them.

We’ve had a number of families from across NSW stay there, from three days to a couple of months. This has alleviated a lot of stress for them and provided the hospital social work team with an accommodation option they don’t usually have.

Since the success of our program at RNSH, we have been asked to establish similar programs at other hospitals. However, until we have sustainable finances in place to support this we can’t fund expansion of this program.

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A Place to Stay

Our Approach

Pillars of Strength aims to provide funding and other support to reduce immediate stressors so dads can focus on the priority of supporting their child/family.

This is done by helping to meet day to day expenses for families during times of their child’s severe illness or even loss of life during prolonged hospitalisation.

Our Solutions

Our In Hospital Support program has one major focus - providing short term accommodation for families.

When there are so many things to account for – and pay for too – this can be extremely effective in helping reduce some of the stresses dads and their families are going through.

A Place to Stay

Food, Petrol & Parking (currently suspended)

Having to drop everything and leave home is a common occurrence for many families when their babies are struggling in a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It doesn’t help when accommodation near hospitals is hard to find and costs a lot as well.

To reduce this stress, Pillars of Strength leases an apartment near Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) at St Leonards in Sydney so regional families have somewhere to stay in the first stages of their baby’s hospitalisation – at no cost to them.

We’ve had a number of families from across NSW stay there, from three days to a couple of months. This has alleviated a lot of stress for them and provided the hospital social work team with an accommodation option they don’t usually have.

Since the success of our program at RNSH, we have been asked to establish similar programs at other hospitals. However, until we have sustainable finances in place to support this we can’t fund expansion of this program.

We previously implemented a food, petrol and parking voucher program for families at Royal Women’s Hospital, Randwick.

At times of high stress it’s the little things that cumulatively make a big difference. So lots of seemingly small outgoings for commodities like supermarket basics and the petrol to get to and from hospital really add up. On top of that many hospitals’ car parking facilities are operated independently and some of these are increasing costs at an alarming rate.

Operating in conjunction with the hospital’s social work team this Pillars of Strength multi dimensional program helped relieve some of the monetary stress of regional families associated with having a sick child in hospital.

If you can help us reinstate and potentially expand this program please click below.

Where we Work

HospitalStateTime Out ProgramsAccomodation
Royal North Shore HospitalNSWAlt TagAlt Tag
Sydney Childrens Hospital (Randwick)NSWAlt Tag
Sydney Childrens Hospital (Westmead)NSWAlt Tag
Royal Prince Alfred HospitalNSWAlt Tag
Liverpool HospitalNSWAlt Tag
John Hunter HospitalNSWAlt Tag
Nepean HospitalNSWAlt Tag

If you are interested in Pillars of Strength providing these services at your hospital, click on the button below

Let's Talk

Even before you begin looking around our website to find out what you want to know, we’re happy to let you cut to the chase. If you’ve got any questions at all – as a dad or someone who wants to help a dad they care about – just drop us a note here.

Equally if you would like to share your experiences or offer some support, we’d love to hear from you. We promise we’ll get back to you asap.

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PO Box 93
Ryde NSW 1680
ABN: 19 152 298 934 | CFN: 22064
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About Us


Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance for dads throughout these periods of intense distress.

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Pillars of Strength aims to provide funding and other support to reduce immediate stressors by helping to meet day to day expenses for families during times of their child’s severe illness or even loss of life during prolonged hospitalisation.

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From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow.And there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.

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