The Karen Fitzgerald Fund

Raising funds for the care and protection of children and young people

"Imagine a world where every child is loved, safe, protected and inspired by those around them to become the young person and adult who positively contributes to the society we live in. That was Karen’s dream and life’s work, and the legacy we are committed to continue.”


The Karen Fitzgerald Fund was established by friends and colleagues of Karen Fitzgerald to continue her legacy as a champion of children’s safety and rights.

A Dominican Sister for more than 40 years, and with a background as a teacher, school principal and clinical psychologist, Karen was a deeply spiritual person who dedicated her life to helping others.

The inaugural director of the Child Protection Service at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) from 1989 until her retirement in November 2011, Karen was considered a pioneer in the protection of children who had been abused and neglected and was internationally recognised in this field.

She passed away in 2012.

The Karen Fitzgerald Fund has generously partnered with Flinders Foundation to raise funds for projects which support disadvantaged children - particularly those experiencing abuse and neglect.

Among their key priorities is supporting the hundreds of vulnerable, neglected and abused children who visit the FMC Child Protection Service each year.

The group also assist children, young people and their families to access resources and experiences which build confidence and abilities which they may not otherwise have access.

The Karen Fitzgerald Fund has an annual events calendar and variety of fundraising activities, including the Karen Fitzgerald Lunch Club and the Karen Fitzgerald Golf Day, or you can make a general donation at any time HERE

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