Grants Given in Australia

Round 36

October to December 2017

Cause Region Amount

Miracle Babies Foundation (Royal Hobart Hospital)

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN), with 27,000 of these babies born premature and up to 1000 babies losing their fight for life. Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond. Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies provides informative education and insight into a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research. This grant will fund 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Survival Packs (at a cost of $30 each) for families with babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania. The survival packs are packs provided to families on admission to the NICU containing vital resources to support them during and after their baby’s stay in hospital. The packs include Nurture, a guidebook to guide families through the NICU/SCN journey, a MiracleBabies NICU journal allowing families to document and create a memento of their baby’s early life, a keepsake item such as a knitted or sewn item donated by the community, information about NurtureGroups, our local community support groups, wipes and premature nappies. The NICU Survival Packs play an important role in empowering families with knowledge, support and encouragement in caring for their sick or premature child across the NICU/ SCN journey and after they leave hospital.

Tasmania $3,000

Epilepsy Association of Tasmania

Epilepsy Tasmania has been improving the quality of life and community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy for over 40 years. They need funding to update their website to reflect current services, activities and social media profiles, with the goal to reach all 80,000 Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy. The website will be updated to have information relevant to anyone who wants resources, information, or support about epilepsy, including the general community, workplaces, schools, and service providers. Recent research indicates that 2/3 of Tasmanians do not drive a car and many are significantly isolated because of poor public transport options, and as such information available online is more accessible than calling or walking into an organisation.

Tasmania $4,000

Huon Disability Network

The Huon Disability Network (HDN) promotes awareness of the needs and rights of individuals living with a disability in the Huon and Channel area. A grass-roots organisation of families and people living with a disability, it is the only of its kind in Tasmania. HDN have partnered with Baptcare - the NDIS partner in the South of Tasmania responsible for rolling out NDIS in the Huon and Channel area - to organise the second You+Me=Community Festival (last year's event was cancelled due to rain). The targets for this festival include (1) Change people’s mindset about people with a disability and create opportunities for people with a disability to show that they are active citizens (2) Provide support for community members living with disability in southern Tasmania (3) Creating community links and connections between people with a disability, community groups and service providers in southern Tasmania (4) Building capacity within the Disability Community in southern Tasmania (5) Reduce isolation of people with a disability their families and carers in southern Tasmania (6) Scoping of the needs of people with a disability in a coordinated planned manner (7) Have fun This year, the festival will be held at the PCYC on 4 March, which allows a wet weather contingency plan, and it's expected 500 people of all abilities will attend, either as volunteer or as participant, and will have around 20 community groups and disability service providers involved in the preparations of the day, including the PCYC, Speech Pathology Tasmania, Max Employment, Oak-Possability, Huon Link, Nexus, Huon Valley Council (making a short film on the day) the Department of Education (to use the festival as a venue for data collection about creating inclusive schools, still to be confirmed) and many other organisations yet to be confirmed.

Tasmania $2,350

HeartKids Ltd

HeartKids exists to improve the lives and future of those infants, children, youth and adults affected by childhood heart disease (CHD) across Australia. This support is a commitment for life, because there is no cure. HeartKids Teen Camp 2018 provides youths (13-18 years) with CHD from across Australia the opportunity to undertake life-improving activities in a supportive environment, alongside a team of twenty medical personnel and volunteers. Teen Camp is designed specifically to boost the self-esteem, emotional, physical and social wellbeing of attendees, thus helping them to navigate their teen years and transition to adulthood. It enhances the quality of life and resilience of participants through a range of developmentally appropriate activities and challenges that they otherwise thought were only for their "healthy" peers. Being inspired and encouraged by new friends with similar challenges, these teens feel a great sense of empowerment and enhanced belief in their future possibilities. This grant of $3,000 will pay for staff, volunteer and youth shirts and welcome bags. Approximately 80-100 children between the ages of 13-18 will benefit directly from this event, as well as 5-10 Camp Champions (a mentoring role for past campers 18+ years of age) and 20 medical and non-medical volunteers. Teen Camp 2018 takes place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 July 2018 at the Bornhoffen PCYC Leadership Development Centre in Natural Bridge, Queensland.

Queensland $3,000

The Compass Institute

The Compass Institute is a Sunshine Coast-based charity proving support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Compass have establihsed nine small "social enterprises" that specifically provide flexible employment and on-the-job training for these young people who would not otherwise be able to find employment. This grant was sought to set up vegetable-growing planter boxes (including a shade) for the trainees to grow and nurture and learn new skills, with the products to be used for different opportunities, including seasonal hampers.

Queensland $1,632

Cystic Fibrosis QLD

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common genetic, life-shortening disease in Australia, with no cure. A degenerative condition, it destroys the lungs and digestive system so sufferers find it hard to breathe and digest food. Cystic Fibrosis Queensland supports Queenslanders with CF, and their families, who live in every corner of the state, through education, psycho-social support, health services, physical activity and parking subsidies, accommodation during hospital stays, medical equipment (both loan equipment and subsidies for disadvantaged CF families), advocacy and research. The funds provided by Harcourts Foundation will be used to provide support for CF families, especially who have young children with CF, to reduce their cost burden through provision of (1) parking subsidies for when the CF person is admitted for their regular or emergency CF care (only accessible in SE Qld specialised CF clinics, regardless of where in Queensland or the Northern Territory the family lives) (2) physical activity subsidies to assist young persons with CF to stay active to keep their lungs clear and healthy and minimise the risk of fatal lung infections and other CF-related complications (3) airway clearance equipment to assist these families with the mandatory ritual of daily lung clearing treatments, medication and physical manipulation exercises (4) emergency funding for CF families -- food, home hygiene cleaning, etc, when they face economic hardship. This grant of $725 will be used toward financial and equipment support for the families of children with cystic fibrosis, with at least half of it spent for emergency funding. This funding will assist up to 6 children with physical activity subsidies, or 15 families with parking subsidy, or 25 families with food vouchers. This grant was made possible by Harcourts Solutions, who donated items and participated in a Neighbourhood Watch Committee Garage Sale to raise these proceeds.

Queensland $725

Orange Sky Australia

Orange Sky is a free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness, providing clean clothes and non-judgmental conversation to people in need. They believe being positively reconnected to the community is incredibly important for our homeless friends, many of whom are shunned or ignored by much of the community. Since the first wash in October 2014, Orange Sky has grown rapidly with 16 laundry vans, three shower vans and two hybrid laundry/shower vans operating in 155 locations around Australia, and operated by a team of over 1000 volunteers. Every week this fleet completes more than 6,400kgs of laundry and provides over 50 showers for people who are homeless or disadvantaged (who we call friends). Since the mobile laundry van began offering free laundry services in Perth North in July this year (2017), Orange Sky has undertaken over 5,000 washes and generated over 6,800 hours of genuine and positive conversation. These funds, raised by Harcourts Kalamunda at their fundraising Dinner Dance in October 2017, will contribute to the ongoing operation of their laundry van, specifically covering costs associated with volunteer recruitment and training, including specialised First Aid Mental Health training for new and existing volunteers.

Western Australia $5,159

Kevin Heinze Garden Centre Inc (GROW)

Kevin Heinze GROW works with children and adults of all abilities to provide, enhance and promote the benefits of horticulture-based therapy.Therapeutic horticulture has a long history of contributing to the health and well-being of aged care residents, people with disabilities, those in recovery or rehabilitation and people with mental health disorders. This in turn can contribute to an increase in confidence leading to higher participation rates in employment and social activities. This grant will be used to complete and launch a program offering tailored therapeutic support to children and young people who has experienced trauma. Utilising horticulture-based therapy, this program will provide supervised and supported sensory experiences to children and young people who have been exposed to family violence, child abuse and neglect.

Victoria $6,000

Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited

Uniting Vic.Tas was founded through the recent joining of 21 UnitingCare agencies and Wesley Mission Victoria. Uniting build capacity and confidence in children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people newly arrived in Australia. They work with people at risk of or experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, mental illness and problems with alcohol and other drugs, by empowering them with the support they need to succeed. Meals for Change (MfC) is Ballarat's café meals program supporting young people aged 15- 25 years who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. An initiative developed through the Grampians Homelessness Network and receiving no government funding, MfC provides opportunities for young people to enjoy regular nutritious meals in any of nine local partner cafés while importantly alleviating barriers to their participation in wider community life including education, training and employment. Members of MfC contribute $3.00 to the cost of their meal (up to the value of $15) in participating community cafés with those small businesses then reimbursed the difference from program funds. This grant from the Harcourts Foundation will fund the program's meal reimbursement costs for the four month period, February to May 2018, or approximately 408 meals.

Victoria $4,896

Miracle Babies Foundation (Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne)

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN), with 27,000 of these babies born premature and up to 1000 babies losing their fight for life. Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond. Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies provides informative education and insight into a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research. This grant will fund 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Survival Packs (at a cost of $30 each) for families with babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria. The survival packs are packs provided to families on admission to the NICU containing vital resources to support them during and after their baby’s stay in hospital. The packs include Nurture, a guidebook to guide families through the NICU/SCN journey, a MiracleBabies NICU journal allowing families to document and create a memento of their baby’s early life, a keepsake item such as a knitted or sewn item donated by the community, information about NurtureGroups, our local community support groups, wipes and premature nappies. The NICU Survival Packs play an important role in empowering families with knowledge, support and encouragement in caring for their sick or premature child across the NICU/ SCN journey and after they leave hospital.

Victoria $3,000

The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Inc.

The Next Step is focused on patients of all ages who have suffered a traumatic event resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia. In most instances they will have undergone a rehabilitation program through the Austin Hospital and Royal Talbot Hospital, and The Next Step individually-tailored services provide them with an extensive rehabilitation program to further their recovery, including exercise therapy, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and motivational encouragement. This grant will be used toward acquiring a piece of highly specialised rehabilitation equipment called a Gait Trainer and Unweighing System. Costing $52k (with $25k already raised), it is essentially a hoist and treadmill concept that allows people in wheelchairs to again feel what it is like being in a vertical position, utilised to fast-track recovery and improve life quality for an increasing number of people whose lives have been impacted by spinal cord injuries.

Victoria $5,000

The Trustee for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia, dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families while recognising the diversity of the Australian community. PCFA achieve this by (1) Promoting and funding world-leading, innovative research into prostate cancer (2) Implementing awareness and advocacy campaigns and education programs for the Australian Community, health professionals and Government and (3) Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses. PCFA relies on the generosity of individuals, the community and partnerships to carry out their essential work.

South Australia $5,000

Goolwa Surf Lifesaving Club

Goolwa is rated as the most dangerous patrolled beach in SA and the 10th most dangerous in Australia. Established in 1927, Goolwa Surf Lifesaving Club, currently with 208 members, are responsible for providing a safe beach environment for the local community by patrolling one of the largest distances in South Australia - from the Murray River mouth to Middleton Point - a distance of 20kms. Rescue boards (adult and nipper) are integral equipment for their patrols, and provide safe rescue of swimmers and beach visitors during surf & beach surveillance. This grant will be used to purchase two adult and two nipper boards.

South Australia $4,978

Miracle Babies Foundation (Women's & Children's Hospital North Adelaide)

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN), with 27,000 of these babies born premature and up to 1000 babies losing their fight for life. Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond. Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies provides informative education and insight into a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research. This grant will fund 100 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Survival Packs (at a cost of $30 each) for families with babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital in North Adelaide, SA. The survival packs are packs provided to families on admission to the NICU containing vital resources to support them during and after their baby’s stay in hospital. The packs include Nurture, a guidebook to guide families through the NICU/SCN journey, a Miracle Babies NICU journal allowing families to document and create a memento of their baby’s early life, a keepsake item such as a knitted or sewn item donated by the community, information about NurtureGroups, our local community support groups, wipes and premature nappies. The NICU Survival Packs play an important role in empowering families with knowledge, support and encouragement in caring for their sick or premature child across the NICU/ SCN journey and after they leave hospital.

South Australia $3,000