Grants Given in Australia

Round 24

October to December 2014

Cause Region Amount

Independent Living Centre Tas Inc (ILC Tas)

ILC Tas is a non-profit provider of assessment, information & training to the aged and people with a disability on how to utilise equipment to help them communicate, interact with others and maintain their independence. The ILC Tas vision is that equipment, technology & design for independent living are recognised & embraced in the Tasmanian community as part of everyday life. The ILC Tas will partner with the NW Special Schools (two campuses) in setting up Eyegaze systems for students with communication difficulties. The eyegaze system is fully portable and would be maintained by the schools, with teachers & aides trained by ILC Tas staff to support students with the system. Intelligaze technology requires only eye gaze and eye tracking to make selections by looking at targets on a screen, which is useful for individuals unable to use a regular keyboard or mouse. It is anticipated 20 students will benefit from the technology including physically & multiple-impaired students as well as those with progressive medical conditions & autism. Funding requested covers two areas 1. ILC Tas which covers support by the occupational therapists & spech pathologists & 2. for the software & technology.

Tasmania $18,000

Tasmanian Association of Police & Citizens Youth Club Inc.

The PCYC's purpose is to support the provision of low cost, positive, sporting, recreational, social, health and educational & cultural programs in a safe environment for children & youth at risk. Currently throughout Tasmania there are 6 Mobile Activity Centres (MAC) trailers which contain various sporting equipment & also have in-built stereos, BBQs, netball/basketball hoops & backboard. The MACs are set-up in partnership with the local police & youth centres in local parks & community areas, mostly in areas identified as in need. They provide activities to youth wandering the streets and who are looking for something to do in their area where perhaps there are not many other activities. These funds will be used towards the purchase of the new Devonport MAC unit, maintaining equipment & staffing, and the Glenorghy unit funding would predominately go towards staffing.

Tasmania $5,000

Variety, The Childrens Charity (Tas)

Variety Tasmania's purpose is all about empowering Tasmanian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. They offer freedom, care and a future to Tassie kids aged 0-18 in need. With the grant funding Variety will establish a scholarship fund and, once established, private/corporate sponsors would fund the project on an ongoing basis. The Variety Heart of Gold Youth Scholarships will support young Tasmanians aged 6-16 who have displayed potential or already excel in the arts, sports or education, and they will receive financial support and get matched with a mentor to help them achieve their life goals. Support may include tuition fees, coaching, participation, training, equipment, travel accommodation etc. In the final three months of the project a PT/casual project officer would be employed to promote the scholarships & elicit ongoing support from various corporate sponsors.

Tasmania $5,000

Pathways Tasmania Inc

Pathways exists to bring hope to young people, empowering them to live free from addiction, homelessness and associated issues and to reach their full potential by building character and making positive choices. Pathways operate 2 accommodation services to support young men. Funding would be used to maintain and upgrade their IT systems, including 4 computers, 3 laptops and 1 desktop. This would support both admin procedures and increase the support provided to clients.

Tasmania $5,000

The Trustee for the CFS Foundation Volunteer Support Fund

The mission of the CFS Foundation is to honour, support and care for CFS volunteers. In the past 4 months the SACFS volunteer community is endeavouring to deal with human tragedy and volunteers who have undertaken significant community emergency service volunteering, north of Adelaide, within the South East and also the Sampson Flat fires. As a result of the Sampson Flat fires more than 30 volunteers sustained injuries, 3 volunteers lost their own homes and many others sustained significant property damage while active at the "coalface" of the fires.

South Australia $4,000

The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc - Sydney Branch

The Sydney Disabled Surfing Association has been running disability surfing events for 30 years. We also promote/represent the DSA at surfing festivals, disability expos & community events. We represent the disabled community on accessibility issues at beach reserves and promote "Free Wheeler" beach wheelchairs. Our aim is to give all disabled people, whatever their ability, the experience & thrill of the beach/ ocean/surf riding in a safe & inclusive environment. The DSA Hands on Day at Collaroy has also been occurring for 30 years and is the largest disability surfing event in the Southern Hemisphere. All disabilities are catered for on our Hands on Days and we draw our volunteers from the local community and the greater Sydney region. After surfing and all the days activities & events are completed everyone is fed with a bbq lunch with all food and drinks supplied. To make this achievable each year we rely on financial support from our community. A donation from The Harcourts Foundation will greatly assist in making this a successful day.

New South Wales $4,000

CareFlight

CareFlight provides pre-hospital critical care - the first responders such as emergency services ,road paramedics, and clinicians in regional, rural and remote areas. Delivery of this vital trauma-care training requires specialist medical equipment, and CareFlight currently needs a Macgrath MAC Training Video Laryngoscope. Airway management is one of the most critical interventions our medical teams perform at an accident scene or in transport as getting it wrong has the potential to kill the patient. However, the devices are expensive and we have no spares to use for training purposes. Currently, training is curtailed because it means taking the operational equipment out of service. The Macgrath training laryngoscope is sufficiently similar to our operational equipment that it can be used as a training device and it is also far less costly. This will allow our doctors, nurses and paramedics to learn the new techniques associated with video-laryngoscopy without compromising our ability to respond immediately to an emergency.

New South Wales $4,348