The MAD Foundation exists to make a difference in the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children and young people


Established in 2001 by a group of lifelong friends and their families, the MAD Foundation aims to make a difference to hundreds of families every year by funding life-changing support equipment and services they otherwise could not afford.

The fundraising efforts of MAD are centered around one not-to-be-missed event, the MAD Foundation Annual Ball, held every Melbourne Cup Eve at the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre in Melbourne.

The MAD Ball embodies the spirit of the MAD Foundation where people come together to have fun, celebrate with their families and friends and raise funds.

MAD has raised in excess of $1.4 Million since 2001 and has helped many children and young people, their carers and families across Australia. MAD has funded programs through TLC for Kids, Reach, Whitelion and Western Chances. In recent years the majority of funding has been directed to specific cases identified through the Department of Developmental Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, plus other hospitals, disability programs and charities.

The Department of Developmental Medicine provides care for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorders, acquired neurological disabilities, developmental delay and other developmental disabilities. These children require numerous pieces of equipment, therapy and respite over the course of their life. Over the years MAD has funded the purchase of wheelchairs, hoists and slings, therapeutic beds, bathroom modifications, car seats and home seating systems, walking frames, communication and voice output devices, second skin garments and rehabilitation sessions. MAD has also funded iPads, gym memberships, theratogs, and paid for personal care attendants.

A volunteer run organisation, MAD leads by example and encourages other people and groups to make a difference in their community by coming together to help those less fortunate.

With the help of sponsors, donors and supporters, MAD Foundation will continue to inspire, connect and Make A Difference.

MAD Ball 2012 Organising Committee - Michael Thorn, Tim Fawcett, Chris Steiger, Damian Toohey, Paul O'Keefe, Alana Pyne, Richard Briggs, Jacqui Toohey, Tim Hill MAD Ball 2012 Organising Committee – Michael Thorn, Tim Fawcett, Chris Steiger, Damian Toohey, Paul O’Keefe, Alana Pyne, Richard Briggs, Jacqui Toohey, Tim Hill

Meet the members of the MAD Foundation Board