Ricky Stuart Foundation sets sights on next 'big dream'
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Ricky Stuart Foundation sets sights on next 'big dream'

Ricky Stuart knows how important respite is to keep families together, and now he has set his sights on ticking off his next "big dream" in a bid to help more than ever before.

The Canberra Raiders' major sponsor Huawei has donated $31,875 to the Ricky Stuart Foundation for money raised during this year’s Autism Wellbeing round.

The Canberra Raiders' Super Squad has benefited from the foundation.

The Canberra Raiders' Super Squad has benefited from the foundation.

Photo: Jamila Toderas

It brings the fundraising initiative to a total of $91,310 over the past three seasons for the foundation which helps families with disabled children aged five to 18, with a vision towards helping adults in the near future.

Stuart and foundation representatives will meet with the ACT government this month in the hope they can strike a deal to aid the foundation's next big vision having already established two respite houses - the Ricky Stuart House in Chifley and the Emma Ruby House in Cook.

"It is quite a big dream this next one, in regards to what we want to do, that’s where it will all be going to next. It will be quite a big dream come true if it actually happens," Stuart said.

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"You see what [the fundraising effort] is actually producing with the respite centres we’re building, and it’s just a wonderful assistance for us as a foundation.

"It’s very special, and when we can help other people by concepts such as the Autism round, it’s just a great way of showing we care.

"I don’t think we could have ever imagined the result we were going to get from all of this. There’s no way seven years ago we thought we would have two respite centres up and functioning today. It’s a wonderful compliment to the community and everybody who has helped.

"I know how important respite is from a personal point of view, and I know respite actually helps keep families together. The Raiders help me help other people and other families."

When combining match day attendances and television viewership, Raiders officials say about 2.5 million have seen Canberra don the charity jersey over the past three seasons.

The fundraising figure includes a $7500 donation from the club's apparel provider, ISC, after they donated 10 per cent of retail jersey sales.