Jim Stynes Foundation


Enrolling your child at Jumbo means you are supporting the Jim Stynes Foundation.

The Foundation is named after and continues the legacy of the late Jim Stynes. Harnessing Jim’s passion for sport, the Foundation supports charities working with disadvantaged youth in Melbourne, distributing 100% of donations to its beneficiaries.

On March 20th 2012 we farewelled the beloved Jim Stynes after his three year battle with cancer.  Jim’s cancer journey was documented in Every Heart Beats True:  The Jim Stynes Story.

Born in Dublin, Jim Stynes aged 18 was brought from Ireland to Australia in the mid 1980s as part of a Ron Barassi inspired program to recruit footballers for the Melbourne Football Club.  Identified as ‘Australia’s most successful sporting experiment’, Jim embraced AFL playing his first senior game in 1987 and retired 264 games later in 1998.  A great achievement considering Jim grew up playing Gaelic Football that uses a round ball, rather than being exposed to Australian Football and its oval shaped ball.

Football honours include winning the prestigious 1991 Brownlow Medal and four Melbourne Football Club Best and Fairest Awards (1991, 1994, 1995, 1997), equaling the club record.  His most extraordinary achievement, an example of Jim’s resilience, drive and passion, was playing an AFL record-breaking 244 consecutive games.  Jim was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jim attacked life with relentless focus upon making himself and those around him the very best that they can be.  Although his achievements on the sporting field are well documented, they were a Trojan horse for the magic that was created with the charity he co-founded, The Reach Foundation, and his daily interactions with Australian youth and their families.

Jim’s catch cry was ‘whatever it takes’ and he applied that same high expectation to himself as he did to everyone around him.

Visit the Jim Stynes Foundation website to learn more or make a donation.