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Little Heroes Foundation is a South Australian based not for profit organisation that supports seriously ill children and their families. 

Our mission is to raise funds towards essential equipment and services for seriously ill children and their families.

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

In over 20 years, we have contributed close to $20 million for lifesaving facilities at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Since 2011, Little Heroes Foundation has also provided daily support to families through our Little Heroes Care program.


“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 seriously ill children.