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Little Heroes Foundation is a South Australian-based not for profit organisation that supports the physical and mental health of children.

Our mission is to raise funds towards essential equipment and services for children suffering from physical or mental illness.

Our vision is to fulfill the unmet needs of seriously ill children and their families, to ensure they have access to the very best care, regardless of how rare their diagnosis is.

The team at Little Heroes Foundation strives to be:

•   Inclusive
•   Inspirational
•   Effective
•   Fun

Little Heroes Foundation have been supporting seriously ill children for 26 years. We have contributed close to $40 million towards new equipment and facilities mainly at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH), which has funded major pieces of equipment and refurbishments.
For the past two years we have partnered with Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation for our Big Talks for Little People Program — an online mental health module for primary school age students (7-12 years) within South Australia and the Northern Territory. The program focuses on prevention through early and meaningful education, covering topics on; conflict resolution, resilience, relationship building, problem-solving, optimism and mental health literacy. We have also seen the installation of Friendship Benches in many schools, providing children with a physical space where they can have conversations with each other about mental health.

At the same time, we are very aware of our history in upgrading facilities at our hospitals especially kids Cancer wards. We are in discussion with Flinders Foundation and the Flinders Medical Centre in financially supporting an upgrade in the existing Child Protection Service facilities and surrounding environment.

We’ve begun our partnership with Flinders by co-funding some Smileyscopes at the Hospital – Smiley Scopes is a new virtual reality headset that transports children to places of adventure.

It makes them completely unaware of the treatment they are experiencing, and it will soon be used in the children’s allergy clinic and Paediatric Emergency section during procedures such as stitches, blood collection, needles, inserting catheters or fitting plaster casts.

We will never forget where we came from, what we have done, and the work that still needs to be done in the cancer sector.


“Two Boofhead Footballers using their Mugs to raise money for Crook kids”  –  HG Nelson

Shortly after the inception of the Adelaide Crows, two of South Australia’s finest sporting heroes Chris McDermott and Tony McGuinness met two young boys named Nathan and Nicholas.

Chris and Tony developed a strong friendship with the young boys over the next two and a half years, discovering that Nathan had been living with a brain tumour that had plagued his young life, and Nicholas had been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Unfortunately, both boys passed away from their conditions.

Chris and Tony were so touched by the boys’ brave struggles that their passing inspired them to launch the McGuinness McDermott Foundation, with the aim of improving on existing support services and facilities for children and their families who had been diagnosed with cancer or serious illness.

In tribute to Nicholas and Nathan, the Playdeck café funded by Little Heroes Foundation in 2006 at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital was named the ‘NicNat’ Café.

To this day, children remain the inspiration behind everything Little Heroes Foundation does.


Little Heroes Foundation is always exploring new and innovative ways to not only raise much needed funds, but to also provide an experience for our supporters.

In recent years, we have hosted a number of events, including our signature Slowdown football match, exclusive overseas adventures and renowned Showdown, Mother’s Day and Melbourne Cup Luncheons.

We are also lucky enough to have the support of many local and interstate businesses, who donate to Little Heroes Foundation in a number of different ways. This can include donating a portion of their sales, producing a Little Heroes licensed product, hosting charity Golf Days or other events, or offering their products or services for little to no cost.

The support we receive from our corporate partners is incredible, and we can’t thank them enough for helping us make a difference to the lives of children suffering from physical and mental illness.