The Crystal Castle works closely with local non-profit, environmental group Rainforest Rescue, founded by Kelvin Davies. Regular community tree-planting days are held on the Castle land. See website “Experiences- The Rainforest Walk” for more details.
See our Tree-Planting Day Video !
Back in the late 1980’s, local community radio station BayFM was struggling to get off the ground. The Crystal Castle was the largest cash sponsor in BayFM’s first year. Since then BayFM has become Australia’s most awarded community radio station, much loved by locals. The Crystal Castle still supports BayFM by being a major sponsor of their annual Major Subscriber Drive in August and throughout the entire year.
The Fatherhood Project is dedicated to valuing the experience of fatherhood and building positive community, through enriching the lives of children, fathers and their families. This ground-breaking group, led by Colin George, runs fatherhood programs, sells awareness raising products that nourish and inspire, and hold a major local event each year, the Fatherhood Festival, in Bangalow, on the Father’s Day weekend. The Crystal Castle is a major sponsor of the festival.
Founded by Dr Arne Rubenstein and Bere over a decade ago, the Pathways Foundation is a local (Mullumbimby-based) national harm prevention charity that assists young people make the fundamental emotional shift from being a child to becoming a young adult. The way we do this is by providing contemporary; community based Rites of Passage for boys 13-15 years old. (Pathways to Manhood) and for girls 12-15 years old. (Pathways into Womanhood).
The Crystal Castle has held various fund-raising events over the years to help raise awareness of their fantastic work, and raise money for running their programs, as well as helping to build a kitchen and meeting place facility on local land where camps are run, in collaboration with a local (anonymous) Men’s Group. One event was MC’d by TV journalist George Negus and incorporated an art auction run by Pathways supporter and Sotheby’s Australia founder Robert Bleakley. Together with a 3 course dinner and live opera singers, the event raised over $ 50,000.00 for Pathways.
Owner Naren King and his son Toby recently went on the Pathways program for 6- 10 year old boys, “Young Stars”, and had a great time connecting by “going bush” for a weekend with 20 other dads and 20 other sons. A fantastic and highly recommended program.
The Crystal Castle has sponsored the incredible creative journey of the Wearable Arts Festival for several years. Sponsorship prizes are provided each year as well as the opening of the Wearable Arts Gallery in the Castle several years ago.
See website section “Experiences – Wearable Arts Gallery” for more info.
Funds are kept in perpetuity and invested. The returns are given as grants to a multitude of local community groups each year. The Crystal Castle has become a supporter in 2008, by giving an initial $ 2,000 to the foundation. This money will support locals in need forever, and help make fantastic community progress.
The Crystal Castle is proud to support the Byron Visitor’s Centre, who have been helping visitors to Byron for decades.
The Byron Visitor Centre is a Level 1 accredited Visitor Information Centre with Tourism New South Wales and is the only Level 1 centre in Byron Shire. It is an incorporated association, run by a voluntary management committee, ten paid staff and a team of volunteers and occupies the old Stationmaster's Cottage in 80 Jonson Street in the centre of Byron Bay. Although the Centre receives no institutional funding it celebrates its 14th birthday in 2011, a significant achievement for a self-funded organisation.
|Byron United||Blues over Byron Busking Festival|
|Qifull Qigong||Aust Qi Chi Ki Arts Festival 25.4.08|
|Byron Early Intervention Service||Golf Day 6.4.08|
|Mullum to Bruns Inc-Moving Towards Change||10km run/walk 3.8.08|
|Cancer Council||Relay for Life 29.3.08|
|Special Childrens Xmas Party||Kids Party|
|Orangutan Project||Macadamia Castle 29.4.08|
|Mother's Day Classic||Breast Cancer Walk Bruns|
|Channon Childrens Centre||Curry Night|
|Federal Community||Biggest Morning Tea|
|Eureka School||Trivia Night|
|Rainforest Rescue||Big Scrub Day 14.9.08|
|Style Magazine||Business Charity Lunch|
|Bex Awards||Award Night|
|Alstonville Primary School P&C||Family Fun Day|
|Local Theatre||The Twits|
|Mullum District War Memorial Hospital||32nd Mini Olympics 23.10.08|
|Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention||Mini Dragon Race 19.10.08|
|Goonengerry Primary School||Trivia Night|
|Pottsville Beach Public School||Fete 5.9.08|
|Maclean Public School||Fete 20.9.08|
|Coorabell Public School||Trivia Night|
|Mummulgum Public School||Trivia Night|
|Crabbes Creek Hall||Trivia Night|