Grants Given in Australia

Round 27

July to September 2015

Cause Region Amount

TAD TAS

TADTAS recruits volunteers with technical skills to assess, design, modify and make aids for people with disabilities that are not commercially available. They also run a program called Freedom Wheels which provides modified bikes to children with disabilities to improve muscle tone and coordination skills and bring families together for bike-related activities that all can enjoy. However, some children who received bikes some years ago have probably outgrown them, and if they are still riding them it may not be in the best interests of their health. Further, some bikes may be sitting at the back of sheds, and at a cost of $800 to $1000 per bike that is not the best use of resources. Will this funding, they will retrieve these unused bikes and if desired can issue those clients with a better-fitting bike.

Tasmania $3,000

Sea Rescue Tasmania

Sea Rescue Tasmania’s ("SRT") purpose is to save lives at sea by providing marine search and rescue response capabilities to locals and tourists in the Doges Ferry region. SRT is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) and exists as a volunteer support service to Tasmania Police. This grant will be used for the acquisition of first aid equipment, such as a transportable oxygen first aid kit and a portable automated external defibrillator. The grant will also be used to further educate their members in the latest advances and training in first aid to give them greater confidence in their ability to aid those in need in emergency first aid situations.

Tasmania $3,514

Second Chance Programme

Second Chance – an all-volunteer committee – is the only charity in Australia raising money exclusively for homeless women. In south-east Queensland there are 10 times the number of crisis beds for men than for women, and they are working to change that. Second Chance has a long history of addressing the interlinked issues of domestic violence, homelessness, mental health issues and inter-generational poverty, and believe that every woman and child has the right to a home and to dignity and safety. They fund experts in their fields to support and assist women and their children onto the pathway to a home – for life.

Queensland $1,000

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA

The mission of the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation (DSF) is to provide best-practice services and effective advocacy for those with learning and literacy challenges in order to support and enhance their achievement and contribution to society. An important aim of DSF is to improve the academic outcomes achieved by children from backgrounds of significant disadvantage. In the short-term, this means improving access to support services (including high quality teaching and intensive remedial support) for at-risk children. For this project, DSF will work with The Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation which was established to support children with dyslexia in memory of the three West Australian siblings who were among those tragically killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Foundation aims to increase access to the early identification of dyslexia and to develop effective, engaging resources to assist those children who find learning to read difficult.

Western Australia $14,650

Migrant Resource Centre North West Region

The primary aim of the Migrant Resource Centre North West Region Inc. (MRC) is to assist and empower migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the North Western metropolitan region of Melbourne, enabling them to participate to their full potential in the Australian community whilst maintaining their individual culture and heritage. The MRC also aims to challenge discrimination through direct services, disability advocacy, information provision and community development projects. This grant will assist The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) to develop an app for the Diversity & Disability program, designed specifically for women with a disability from a CALD background as a personal safety resource to help them understand what violence and abuse is, and recognise if it is happening to them. The app will contain; information in Easy English including graphics and simple words to assist in explaining concepts associated with violence and abuse; information about what to do if they feel they are being abused; and contact details for agencies that can provide support. This app will be available in 20 different languages and will be accessible to all women, regardless of their disability, impairment or language.

Victoria $8,000

Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service

This charity was specially selected by the winner of inaugural Harcourts Foundation Outstanding Contribution Award for Australia, Harcourts Noterom (Burpengary / Narangba), to receive a special grant of $5,000 from the Harcourts Foundation. The Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service aims to provide safe, accessible and appropriate services that contribute to the prevention of domestic and family violence in the community, and which support and empower people affected by domestic and family violence. A community agency, CRDVS provide a range of services, including crisis support, group work, individual counselling for victims and children, and court assistance. They are active in early intervention and prevention strategies through various community education and awareness-raising initiatives. These funds will be used to fund emergency relief for their clients to move to a safe location (petrol, bus fares), motels while waiting for a refuge or in transit to a safe place, meals, urgent medication, baby formula, and other important necessities. Funding will also assist to continue facilitating their school-based programmes in respectful, healthy relationships and dealing with anger. The CRDVS are currently working with Tullawong High School and Caboolture High School, with plans to work with Deception Bay High School and Morayfield Primary School in 2016.

National $5,000

White Ribbon Australia

This grant consists of final proceeds from the National fundraiser "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes" on behalf of White Ribbon Australia. Funds will be used in White Ribbon's "Breaking the Silence" programme in primary and secondary schools across Australia, aimed at creating generational change in attitudes towards violence.

National $2,294