Caroline, Patrick, Murray and Sandra

Acorn Branch

The Acorn Branch is a powerful force for friendship and fundraising for people living with disability. It has 15 members, all of them 50+, many in their 70s and one who’s been involved since the second or third meeting.

This group makes life more comfortable for the people Li-Ve Tasmania supports. The Acorn Branch has donated items most of us take for granted, for example curtains, cupboards, a coat of paint and a garden setting. It has provided a defibrillator, a sensory garden, and items for the Lodge cats. It also contributed funds towards establishing the Zone.

The Acorn branch is at the heart of the Li-Ve Tasmania community. It’s the glue that holds participants, parents, staff, supporters and other stakeholders together; and draws in support from politicians and businesses.


The Acorn Branch began with the parents of people living with disability, in about 1971, and the group was formalised in the 80s.

In the early days, many people using Oakdale Lodge had no family, and their birthdays might have passed unacknowledged. However, the Acorn Branch members baked cakes, making sure each resident enjoyed a small celebration on their special day.

Birthday cakes led to barbeques, bus and ferry excursions, bingo – and a spectacular annual Christmas party.

Friendship led to fundraising via morning teas, pantomimes and even a craft fair.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Acorn Branch has now raised more than $150,000 to benefit the people Li-Ve Tasmania supports. The friendship it provides is priceless.

Want to know more about the Acorn Branch? Contact us.


Jenny Fuller and Pam Bretz

We are proud to be working with Jenny Fuller and Pam Bretz to make the Li-Ve Fuller grant a reality.

Margie Fuller was a very much loved member of the Fuller family of Launceston but, on 9 October 2014, she died unexpectedly, leaving behind her two sisters, Jenny Fuller and Pam Bretz. In honour of their sister, Jenny and Pam teamed up with Li-Ve Tasmania to develop the Li-Ve Fuller grant.

Li-Ve Tasmania has undertaken administration, including financial management, and promotion – from developing a website and social media presence to sending advertising collateral to organisations in the sector.

People working in the disability field in Tasmania (in residential or day support, or any other capacity) can apply for a Li-Ve Fuller grant if they work in the Tasmanian disability sector and they want to learn something new, achieve a personal goal or master an existing skill. They just need to show how this will benefit people living with disability, both up front and in the longer term.

Find out more about the Li-Ve Fuller grant program or contact us for more info.

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