Grants Given in Australia

Round 30

April to June 2016

Cause Region Amount

The Mater Foundation - Smiling for Smiddy

In June 2016, three Harcourts State CEOs - Brendan Whipps, Mark Morrison and Andrew Friebe - rode their bikes from Adelaide to Uluru - over 1700 kilometres in 9 days, to raise funds for Smiling for Smiddy. Established in honour of keen triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006, aged just 26 years old, Smiling for Smiddy is a national program of cycling and triathlon challenge events funding cancer research at The Mater Foundation.

Queensland, New South Wales & South Australia $27,600

Variety WA

Through its three core programs (Variety Caring, Variety Future Kids, Variety Freedom), Variety WA's objective is to provide tangible assistance to children and families in need. Variety WA’s Variety Kids Christmas Party is an annual event that brings Variety WA families together who are facing challenging circumstances and allows them to enjoy the spirit of Christmas in a special afternoon of entertainment, family time and festive fun. This grant assists 14 guests to attend the party.

National $1,000

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is Australia’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting, supporting and empowering asylum seekers living in the community in the greater Melbourne area. The grant will assist funding for their ASRC Foodbank, currently providing food for 550 asylum seekers every week.

National $1,000

Little Souls Taking Big Steps

Little Souls provides a best practice model of early intervention therapy for autistic children, and the funds will be used to replace worn or broken learning resources, toys and soft furnishings.

National $1,000

Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Tasmania

Guide Dogs Tasmania (GDT) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides Guide Dogs, life-skills, orientation and mobility and children and family services to, and advocacy for, Tasmanians who are blind or vision impaired. We have been providing services for Tasmanians for almost 60 years. Funds will be used to purchase a specially bred Guide Dog puppy from an Australian Guide Dog breeding centre on the mainland. The puppy will be born on the mainland and then brought over to Tasmania at around eight weeks to start its journey to become a fully qualified Guide Dog. The puppy would be born in May, selected from the litter in June and arrive in Tasmania in July.

Tasmania $3,000

Make a Wish Foundation of Australia (Burnie Branch)

Make-A-Wish(R) Australia grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength & joy. A wish is the adversity of a childs imagination; I wish to have; I wish to go; I wish to be; I wish to meet. Over 1100 volunteers throughout Australia are granting in excess of 530 wishes each year and by 2023 we expect this figure to rise to 2000 a year.These volunteers are diligent fundraisers to make this magic happen and fulfill the cherished dreams of these special children. There are 57 branches who look after specific areas and Burnie Branch services the area between Penguin, Smithton, King Island & the West Coast. Due to the recent flooding at Wivenhoe where our storage sheds are, Burnie branch has lost - amongst other important items -our stock that is used for raffles, auctions equipment such as sound system etc. Subsequently we can't have any of these events until these items are replaced. This is important to us to help keep the dollars coming in to finance not only our local wishes but all wishes in Australia.

Tasmania $5,200

Launceston Life Saving Club Inc.

Launceston Life Saving Club (LSC) was created in 1998 and provides a safe aquatic environment for the community recreating in a number of municipalities in Northern and North Eastern Tasmania including West Tamar, George Town, Dorset, Northern Midlands, Meander Valley and Latrobe. During the most recent floods, floodwater damaged essential equipment stored within our clubhouse and equipment storage shed. Among the equipment irreparably damaged was six rescue boards, four of which were funded by a Round 28 Harcourts Foundation Grant. The rescue boards are not covered by emergency assistance as the damage is classed as flood damage. Grant funds will be used to replace two of these rescue boards.

Tasmania $2,590

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals QLD

RSPCA Queensland (RSPCA) is the state's oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Queensland. RSPCA has a long history of caring for all creatures great and small, spanning over 130 years. In 2014/15 we provided care and protection to 44,965 abused, neglected or unwanted animals. None of this would be possible without the support of the community, which funds more than 99% of our work. RSPCA provides services across the state with 12 Animal Care Centres including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Dakabin, Gold Coast, Gympie, Kingaroy, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville; five 'Friends of' Groups (volunteers); and 21 Inspectors covering all of Queensland. Funds requested will provide veterinary cover (de-sexing, health check, vaccinations, microchipping, worming, flea control), care, and shelter for up to 20 animals for 35 days.

Queensland $1,500

Riding for the Disabled Assoc (NSW) - Illawarra Centre

The centre teaches children and adults with disabilities horse care and riding skills, which improves their motor skills, confidence, self-esteem, coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness, communication skills and leadership. It also provide families with the chance to socialise and form friendships with others in similar circumstances, who have a true understanding of what they are going through, lessening the isolation often felt. Grant funds will be used to purchase and embroider at least 50 shirts and caps/hats in RDA colours for volunteers and riders.

New South Wales $2,500

Kidzucate Inc.

Kidzucate Inc. is a Non-Profit and Charity Organisation founded by Sian Williams, at the age of 6 in 2013. Once upon a time, Sian was a victim of bullying because of her stutter but instead of allowing it to consume her, she bravely decided to seek a proactive solution to the wider problem presented by bullying. Sian was awarded the 2014 Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal for W.A, and she's also the youngest delegate in the world to receive the Human Rights Hero Award at the 2014 Youth for Human Rights Summit in Brussels, Belgium. It goes without saying that this is a truly amazing achievement for anyone, much less a child of her age. Funds will be used to develop Advocacy Packs for each Youth Advocate to run our Take-A-Stand Bully Prevention Program.

Western Australia $6,000

The Bays Hospital Group Inc.

The Bays Healthcare Group serves the Mornington Peninsula community through the provision of high quality healthcare service, and currently operates an acute hospital and maternity unit, aged care and dementia facility and Dialysis Unit. The Bays does not receive ongoing funding from either state or federal governments and so rely on the support of the local community to remain viable. This grant will enable the purchase of a portable Phototherapy Light Unit for The Bays Special Care Nursery, essential in the care of at-risk newborns. Last year, one in four babies born at The Bays Hospital were cared for in the Special Care Nursery, and fifty eight of these babies were diagnosed with jaundice, treatable with Phototherapy Light Units. Currently, their Level II low-care Special Care Nursery is not adequate. Due for completion in later August, a new state-of-the-art Level II high-care Special Care Nursery will feature a dedicated purpose-built resuscitation room, along with extra cots and the latest advanced medical emergency equipment.

Victoria $3,995

Cara Inc.

Cara Inc. is a community service organisation that provides specialised accommodation, care and support to vulnerable young people and pregnant/parenting young women between the ages of 13 and 18 through their Residential and Home Based Care programs, for those who are under child protection orders and when living at home is no longer an option. Government funding does not provide for replacement of household items in their residential houses or Mother and Baby homes, and they require hard wearing, solid furniture to last a number of years. Funds will be used to purchase a dining table and 8 chairs in one of their residential houses and reclining lounge chairs (for feeding), a sofa, and a heavy duty washing machine for their Mother and baby house.

Victoria $5,000

RSPCA South Australia

RSPCA South Australia's role is to prevent animal cruelty, protect animals, care for animals and enhance the bond between people and animals. Last financial year over 1,000 volunteers helped RSPCA South Australia care for nearly 10,000 animals that came through their shelter network, and worked over 3000 hours per month at their Lonsdale Shelter alone. In 2015 they recruited an additional 1,622 volunteers to help with the sheer volume of animals cared for. This project aims at providing their volunteers with the necessary safe work environment so they can perform their tasks at our shelter in Lonsdale and address an important workplace health and safety risk issue by funding new workstations and repairing their outdoor volunteer hut, damaged in the recent SA storms.

South Australia $2,600

Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation Inc (Sam Roberts Family Fund)

The Sam Roberts Family Fund supports families in SA who have a child with a rare, life-limiting illness, and funds raised support projects within the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit of the Women's and Children's Hospital. The main fundraising event is "Cycle 4 Sam", and their 6th event will commence in Torquay on 3 October and finish in Adelaide on 9 October, with a distance of over 1000km completed by a 15-cyclist peloton. Their fundraising goal is $100k to further their "Beach House" project (budget of $1M), the construction of SA's first purpose-built holiday facility specifically for families with children with life-limiting or complex conditions, and initially it's expected to benefit 80 families each year.

South Australia $2,000

Cora Barclay Centre

The Cora Barclay Centre has been teaching children to listen and speak for almost 70 years and is the oldest oral deafness centre in the southern hemisphere. Their mission is to help guide children who are deaf or hearing impaired to learn to speak and reach their full potential, through intensive early childhood intervention, school years and early adulthood support, psycho-social development and ongoing assessments. These outcomes are achieved through family-centred practice and professional expertise in listening and spoken language therapy. Cora Barclay Centre services are delivered by South Australia’s most diverse and highly qualified hearing & habilitation team. The Web of Hearing Impaired Students Peer Alliance (WHISPA) peer support program was developed in 2007 by a group of young adults who are deaf and hearing impaired, who had identified the transition from primary school to secondary school as one of the most difficult for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cost of running the WHISPA Program for one year is approximately $85,000, all of which the Cora Barclay Centre sources from non-government funding. Participants in the WHISPA program are young people aged 12-18 years who are deaf or hearing impaired. There are currently 20 people enrolled in the WHISPA, but the Program's positive outcomes affect people beyond the individual participant group. The benefits of having a happier, more engaged child with a positive outlook are experienced by the child's immediate family, and even more broadly into their social and school networks. When the families of all participants are factored in, WHISPA will provide tangible benefits to approximately 80 people in 2016.

South Australia $1,500

The Gold Foundation Incorporated

Gold Foundation provides support for children and young people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and their families, and are the only not-for-profit organisation in SA providing a holistic approach, providing a centre with ongoing opportunities for these children and their families to engage, creating a community which isn't offered anywhere else. Funds will be used to provide 4 Parent/Carer Education Seminars and one Social event for parents/carers, and add to the Gold Foundation Resource Library of books for families to borrow. Across the 4 seminars and social event, this will support more than 60 Parents/Carers, and the library resources will continue to support families after the completion of this project.

South Australia $1,800

Variety The Children's Charity of Victoria

Established in 1975 in Australia, Variety - the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to live, laugh and learn. Variety “fills the gaps” that other organisations cannot, providing practical and tangible assistance to individuals, families, schools and other children’s organisations who often have nowhere else to turn. By supporting children and families through equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome the obstacles they face to continue to live a happy and fulfilled life. Variety provides this support entirely through its fundraising program.

Landmark Harcourts $500