General Manager Avril Baynes says the entire team at the casino resort takes “immense pride” in its substantial contribution to the broader Northern Territory economy.
“However, what truly matters to us is the invaluable role we play in supporting the Darwin community and nurturing the social fabric that binds the diverse individuals who call this place home,” she says.
“We recognise our responsibility goes beyond mere entertainment – it extends to empowering the lives of the people of Darwin and strengthening the very essence of our vibrant community.”
Community causes supported by Mindil Beach Casino Resort include the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, NT Tenpin Bowlers with a Disability and Waratah Football Club.
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for essential and often life-saving medical equipment for hospitals.
Over the past six years, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation has donated $6.5 million and 685 pieces of equipment to 67 hospitals and health services in the Northern Territory.
Foundation chair Paul Francis says Mindil Beach Casino Resort has offered to host and underwrite the fundraising for the Great Humpty Ball for the past six years.
“Without that support, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation would never have considered it possible to bring the ball to Darwin for the benefit of kids in the NT.”
One of the most impactful pieces of equipment donated from the Great Humpty Ball is the neonatal transport incubator, used to airlift dangerously ill newborns from the NT to specialist neonatal intensive care units right across the country.
Mr Francis says: “That single neonatal transport incubator has saved the lives of 60 Territory babies.” The first child saved was Davey Gumbala, who was not expected to live when he was flown from Nhulunbuy to Royal Darwin Hospital soon after birth. He is now five years old.
“Davey owes his life to the incubator made possible by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s supporters who attended the Great Humpty Ball at Mindil Beach Casino Resort.”
Davey, his mum Salome, and grandmother Gayili Marika Yunupingu attended the Great Humpty Ball at the casino a couple of years ago.
Gayili gave a painting to the foundation as a way of saying thank you for saving her grandson’s life – and it sold for $10,000.
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation asks medical staff what they need, and people attending the ball are then encouraged to donate something from a wish list.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort has donated the funds to buy two much-needed pieces of equipment for Royal Darwin Hospital: an Infinity M540 standalone monitor for the nursery and an Infinity M540 monitor for the neonatal intensive care unit.
The donations will help the hospital to closely monitor and save the lives of newborn children.
Outside of its involvement with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Mindil Beach Casino Resort shows its commitment to the local community through sponsorships of clubs, such as the Waratah Football Club.
Their partnership with the Tahs allows the club to operate the most comprehensive junior Australian Rules development program in the Territory.
The program covers boys and girls from two years old to under-18s. Mindil Beach Casino Resort also helps the club run senior men’s and women’s teams.
“We couldn’t operate at the level we do without Mindil Beach Casino Resort’s support,” says club president Rohan Langworthy.
“We’re a family club, run by volunteers. We’re not just about winning flags – although we were very happy to win both the men’s premier league and under-18 boys’ premierships in March – but we’re also about building our community… our Warrior Army.”
“Mindil Beach Casino Resort supports us in achieving that.”
The business also supports community groups with proceeds from community donation boxes dotted around the gaming floor – where guests can donate cash, gaming chips and unwanted winning receipts.
One of the beneficiaries is the NT Tenpin Bowlers with a Disability, which uses the donations to help players compete in the national titles each year.
Assistant coach Jenny Tiernan says: “The money donated to us by Mindil Beach Casino Resort is a tremendous help. A lot of our players just can’t afford to go to the nationals without it.”
Mindil Beach Casino Resort is deeply committed to its role in the Darwin community, supporting a wide range of causes. General Manager Avril Baynes emphasizes their pride in contributing to the Northern Territory economy, but their true focus is nurturing the social fabric of the community. This genuine focus on the community’s social well-being is what drives their initiatives and drives their desire to make a meaningful difference.