Grants Given in Australia

Round 22

April to June 2014

Cause Region Amount

Scripture Union Tasmania

To fund a series of seminars on 'dealing with grief' in August 2014 throughout Tasmania. The seminars will be delivered to school chaplains plus another staff member in all 101 state schools. Those attending the seminars will be trained in the skills & understanding to support students, staff & community members in supporting people experiencing grief and loss.

Tasmania $6,000

Mission Australia

This grant supports Mission Australia's ArtWorks programme "Creative Youth Initiatives" (CYI) is a unique creative education program for young people who are facing multiple challenges in their lives such as homelessness, mental health, disengagement from school, substance abuse, and family breakdown. The program has gained international recognition for its effectiveness in addressing the complex needs and issues these young people face. We offer an alternative to mainstream education by using art as a platform to re-engage these young people. Students attend classes and workshops three days per week for 20 weeks, progressing at their own pace in a safe and supportive environment. The TAFE accredited courses are run by professional artists and musicians, who provide a comprehensive mix of skills development and creative opportunities. A qualified social worker underpins the program by providing individual case management to overcome short-term barriers and develop longer term solutions for all students.

New South Wales $5,000

St Vinnies' CEO Sleepout (St Vincent de Paul Society WA)

A yearly event, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises awareness of and funding to solve homelessness. Each year CEOs across Australia sign up to sleep rough to raise funds to support the homeless in WA and across Australia. In 2013, 110 local CEOs raised $1.1million that has been directed to opening new homeless initiatives such as Tom Fisher House - a homeless respite service for the most vulnerable homeless living on the street. This year's funds will assist in completing the establishment of this service - currently set up at an interim location. The funds raised will also support two homeless youth services - Passages Resource Centre in Peel and Passages Resource Centre in Northbridge - both services provide facilities and support to homeless youth between the ages of 12-25 years.

Western Australia $5,000

The Telethon Adventurers / Channel 7 Telethon Trust

In April 2014, three Harcourts WA team members completed the Great Harcourts WA Charity Cycle, cycling from Harcourts WA’s most northern office in Geraldton to the most southern office in Busselton, a distance of more than 650 kilometres in 5 days. The Telethon Adventurers provide funding for the Telethon Adventurers Brain Tumour Laboratory at the Telethon Kids Institute as well as the Rehab Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital, both in Perth WA. The Laboratory houses state of the art equipment and leading researchers that conduct esssential research into childhood brain tumours with a focus on Medulloblastoma, the most common form of brain tumour found in children today. The Telethon Adventurers raise money via donation encouragement and fundraising by individuals and organisations, and in addition to this they are matched dollar for dollar for the first $500,000 that we raise by Kerry Stokes and Telethon.

Western Australia $30,000

Special Air Service ("SAS") Resouces Fund

The SAS Resources Funds was established in 1996 following the Blackhawk helicopter accident which resulted in 18 soldiers deaths.Trust 1 beneficiciaries are children of SAS soldiers who die in service and the support is in the form of educational costs up to the age of 25. Trust 2 provides relief from poverty for current and former members who experience financial hardship as a result of a disability related to their SAS service. Trust 3 provides the comfort, recreation and/or welfare of current serving members who require it for respite purposes.

Western Australia $5,000

White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon Australia works to stop violence against women to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to the perpetuation of men's violence against women, so that all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. Funds will be used for White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness; Programs within workplaces and schools and to roll out new initiatives.

Victoria $10,000

ManUp! Qld Incorporated

ManUp! is taking part in a six week long prostate cancer and men's health awareness-raising campaign in forty communities throughout rural and remote Queensland known as the ManUp! on the Road Tour. We have secured two cars, a 1924 Dodge and a 1942 Dodge Carry All. The use of the vintage cars is to attract interested onlookers everywhere we go and will ensure that we have the opportunity to introduce our Tour objective of blokes talking to blokes about men's health and prostate cancer. The goal of the ManUp! on the Road Tour is to raise the public's "brand awareness" for prostate cancer, its detection,its treatment and the need for a program that offers support to men and their families living with prostate cancer. Increased awareness will increase the number of men who are tested and the number of prostate cancers detected, which will ultimately save lives. Awareness efforts will also hopefully reduce the stigma associated with the disease. For this campaign I will be working in partnership with the Freemasons and the Bendigo Bank who have agreed to provide their Lodge Facilities to hold educational sessions for the community. We intend to distribute free information packs at all the centres we visit on the Tour. The tour will cover at least forty communities in regional and rural Queensland. We hope to reach more than 10,000 men and their families."

Landmark Harcourts $5,000