Whether it was a gruelling two-day off-road race or contributions to ground-breaking research projects, the months of April to June have been significant for  our  community partners.

For the 46th annual Tatts Finke Desert Race and for the 24th year in a row, we were thrilled to announce our naming rights support of the 226-kilometre race from Alice Springs to the Aputula community and back again.

The event unites hundreds of motorbike, quad bike, car, buggy and sporting enthusiasts from around the world and contributes millions of dollars to the Alice Springs community.

In April, we supported The University of Queensland (UQ) with a $500,000 donation from Golden Casket unclaimed prize money to bolster funding for three research projects. 

The first project aims to better understand how the use of seagrass can assist in battling climate change, while also reducing pollution and sequestering carbon. 

The second project sees UQ progress Clamp 2, a re-engineered Molecular Clamp technology, to be used as a rapid-response vaccine pipeline for potential viral outbreaks that can be developed in under 100 days. 

The last UQ research project we supported explores the use of spider venom to develop new pain relief medicines for sufferers of IBS and endometriosis. 

We’re honoured to play a part in UQ’s incredible innovations. 

Bringing the second quarter of the year to a close, we were thrilled to reveal a $500,000 donation to Mater Foundation for two research projects aimed to improve neonatal care and fertility outcomes. 

Infertility problems are unfortunately a prevalent issue for many Australians, affecting one in six couples, while one in four pregnant women under the age of 35 will suffer a miscarriage. 

Mater’s first project aims to uncover unexpected pregnancy loss and infertility in mothers through investigating how mobile DNA elements can cause genetic mutations during the embryo development process, and whether that contributes to this devastating issue. 

The second project looks to enhance proficiency in newborn intubation through designing, implementing and evaluating training techniques to increase the number of staff with expertise in this vital area. 

Our latest donation to Mater Foundation continues our relationship with the organisation, with more than $16 million committed to their important health initiatives. 

Supporting the community is at the heart of The Lott, and is why we were first established in Australia, so it has been fantastic to watch the projects and events come to life throughout the months of April to June. 

Stay tuned for the next community snapshot!