About the Foundation



History of the Foundation

On 17 February, 2002, Jane Verity founded the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life as members of the community wanted to donate to spread the Spark of Life. To read about Spark of Life, click here.

In 2010, the foundation granted its first three scholarships to the following international participants for the Spark of Life Master Course; Connie MØller, Denmark, Hrefna Brynja Jísladóttir, Iceland and Barbara Falconer, New Zealand.

The foundation officially received Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement as a Health Promotion Charity on 27 May 2011. This recognition by the Australian Taxation Office means that the foundation is now able to undertake active fundraising and provide grants and scholarships to benefit primarily Australian citizens.

Fundraising highlights of 2011 included David Wren from Melbourne who volunteered to fundraise for Spark of Life through his solo bike ride Halfway Round the world.  His story inspired the Sydney Roosters Rugby League team to dedicate one of their home games on 31 July to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. In September, the 2011 National Ambassador for Sanitarium, Lisbeth Bramwell, selected the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life as her charity, with a generous donation presented at an award luncheon. October saw the inaugural Chasing Birdies Golf Cup tournament at the Cranbourne Golf Club where teams raised funds for the foundation.