Main funding purpose: Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS)Program
The story so far
ChIPSXiliary, formerly known as ChIPIn Auxiliary, was founded to fundraise for the ChIPS Program.
The ChIPS Program offers support to young people aged 12 to 24 who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. ChIPS, which has been running for 30 years, offers young people the opportunity to develop a network of peers and mentors who understand the shared experience of living with a chronic illness, decreasing isolation and increasing connectedness for young people.
The Auxiliary undertakes fundraising events with an added benefit that ChIPERS and their families could come together for their own peer support. First embarking on funding for a camp for ChIPERS to attend, fundraising activities commenced with stalls and expanded to running an annual gala ball, an event which would raise up to $20,000 each year.
In 2019 ChIPIn rebranded as ChIPSXiliary. ChIPSXiliary now partners with the ChIPS Fundraising Committee which, led by ChIPERS, drives fundraising efforts. Together, they have spearheaded events such as barbeques, movie nights, trivia events and crafting items to sell at stalls, with ChIPSXiliary offering manpower and event planning expertise when requested to the ChIPERS.
ChIPSXiliary are seeking support or membership from others who are passionate about raising funds or offering services that support the ChIPS Program. If you are interested in becoming involved or have further queries please get in touch, the team would be happy to hear from you. To find out more about the Chronic Illness Peer Support Program head here.