Grants Given in Australia

Round 32

October to December 2016

Cause Region Amount

Cancer Council of Tasmania

Cancer Council Tasmania, established in 1995, invests in cancer prevention programs, funds local cancer-related research projects, and provides a respected voice for the needs of those affected by cancer. Their women's 5km Walk/Run (being held 17 September 2017) is an annual event designed to support and encourage health awareness and participation among women of all ages from the Launceston community and its surrounds, and brings the community together in a celebration of life and remembrance of those dealing with cancer, while raising funds to support the work of Cancer Council Tasmania. The $10,000 grant will fund the following: (1) Cancer Council Tasmania Women’s 5k Training Program - a support/training programme specifically targeted to women affected by cancer to assist with their return to physical activity and to successfully complete the Women's 5km Walk/Run (2) Launceston City Council road closures, permits & hire costs (3) Insurance (4) Road Marshall/Sea Scouts donation (5) Prize money - 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100 and (6) event participant bibs/pins/bags

Tasmania $10,000

Camp Quality Limited

Camp Quality provides essential programs for boys and girls growing up with cancer, as well as support for children who have a parent or sibling living with cancer. Camp Quality Primary School Education Program aims to dispel common schoolyard myths and misconceptions about cancer so that children returning to school after treatment are less likely to experience bullying, confusion, exclusion and anxiety. It also assists children who have a loved one with cancer gain a better understanding. This grant will support their Tasmanian Primary School Education tour, visiting 10-14 schools between Launceston and Hobart during 2017.

Tasmania $5,000

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation Limited

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation own the Sail Training Ship Leeuwin II, purpose-built in WA to participate in The Ultimate Challenge Voyage - the Foundation’s longstanding sailing adventure for young people with an intellectual, sensory and/or physical disability such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, visual or hearing impairment, Diabetes Type 1, Down’s Syndrome and other physical and intellectual disabilities. Most of the participants come from Western Australia, with many from regional and remote areas. The 24 young trainees are complemented by 16 trainee-carers who provide appropriate support for the trainees and consists of siblings and volunteers with a mostly allied health background (physios, students). During the 5-day voyage from Fremantle, 24 young people aged 14-25 take part in all aspects of ship operations including setting sails, navigating, steering the ship, climbing the masts, cleaning and standing watch through the night. The grant of $5,625 will be used to fully fund the voyage for 2 participants.

Western Australia $5,625

Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre Inc

The Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre (SPCSIC) seeks to contribute to people’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities, with a particular emphasis on encouraging independence for those who are marginalised. SPCSIC delivers free, confidential, impartial, independent community-based support including information and a referral service. Even on the idyllic Southern Mornington Peninsula, there are people every night without a place to call home. The Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower (SPLASh) program will provide the opportunity for vulnerable community members to use existing under-utilised local government shower and laundry facilities. SPCSIC also works with the service users to connect with services to address issues that have led to vulnerable circumstances. A weekly lunch will be provided and the shower and laundry facilities made available at no cost. The funding sought will pay for program establishment and development costs for the first 12 month period. During this 12 month period the project will be developed and established, with volunteers recruited and trained for ongoing delivery. It is anticipated that 15-30 individuals will access the program per week, resulting in 700-1400 people annually.

Victoria $5,000

Variety the Children's Charity

Variety the Children's Charity enrich the lives of SA children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by assisting them to live, laugh and learn. Funds will be used to deliver their "A Show of Hearts" Scholarship Program, which offers scholarships for children aged 8-17 years with an existing talent in the arts, music or a sport - who are disadvantaged or living with a disability - to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams.

South Australia $2,500

Hutt Street Centre

Hutt St Centre's purpose is to end homelessness for every person who walks through their doors, with care and without judgement, by providing a safe place of choice, opportunity and change. Six days a week, they provide meals and essential services such as bathroom facilities, laundry, safe storage area for personal possessions, a health clinic and nurse, and a variety of visiting services such as drug and alcohol services, mental health support, hair dresser, legal service, housing support, computer assistance and a podiatrist. They also provide a Pathways program which works with people to access education and training opportunities and employment. Meals are provided by donors through their Angel for a Day program. Each day it costs $350 to provide breakfast and lunch to 200 people experiencing homelessness. Their "Angels" cover the cost of those meals and on their day can assist in the kitchen to prepare and serve those nutritious life sustaining meals. The funds granted by The Harcourts Foundation will fund 3 1/2 days of meals. Harcourts Sheppard Property held a fundraiser for Hutt Street Centre with staff and their families donating the total raised of $1224.

South Australia $1,224

Zahra Foundation Australia

Zahra Foundation Australia officially launched in September 2015, co-founded by the children of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was tragically murdered at the Adelaide Convention Centre by her estranged partner in 2010. The family have worked closely with the specialist domestic violence sector to identify gaps, address client needs and to add value to women accessing these services. Currently Zahra Foundation delivers a "Pathways to Empowerment" program which is an 8 week program working with women affected by domestic violence, and assisting them to identify barriers and goals and creates a pathway for them into further education, training or employment. This program incorporates computer literacy and financial literacy skills as well as resume building. Presently we rely on external providers to deliver the financial literacy components of this program, and as financial literacy is a core focus of our mission we require an in-house highly skilled financial counselor and advocate to support women both in a group context and one on one appointments to provide support and advocacy for domestic violence debt related issues. This project would involve a one day per week position over 6months and will involve the development of a tailored financial literacy program for women incorporating a module on financial abuse and its indicators. This program will be suitable for women affected by domestic violence and can also be translated as a preventative model to other vulnerable target groups.

South Australia $3,500

Captain Courageous Children's Medical Research Foundation Ltd

Captain Courageous was formed in 2010 in a desperate search for answers for Angus, who was born with a rare, life threatening, blood disease called Diamond Black-Fan Anemia. There is no known cure and patients generally rely on regular monthly blood transfusions or a bone marrow transplant, and have many other complications associated with this chronic condition. Their short term goal is to fund pre-clinical testing before the long-term goal of patient clinical trials. The current Captain Courageous Foundation (CCF) Australian DBA research program is due for completion in June 2017, with pre-clinical testing as the new focus for funding and the next step in a new research program.

South Australia $3,500

Fresh Hope Association Inc.

Fresh Hope Association is a small not-for-profit organization which provides a residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation service specifically for mothers suffering substance abuse and their children. They offer in-house treatment for both mother and children who wish to remain together as a family while seeking help for the mothers’ substance abuse. Fresh Hope believes that when a mother has made the choice to change her dysfunctional lifestyle for the sake of her family and subsequently for herself, it is imperative to keep mother and children together. This grant will be used toward improving their Relapse Prevention Therapy by implementing a more targeted intervention to produce greater long-term outcomes for drug addicted mothers and their children.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000

Conscious Creative Ltd. (t/as Homeless Melbourne)

Homeless of Melbourne launched the 'HoMie Street Store' (HoMie) in Melbourne Central Shopping Centre in 2015, which then moved to 296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, in July 2016. HoMie is a not-for-profit clothing store and fashion label that clothes, trains and employs people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne (for clothing designs, see on Instagram). HoMie aims to improve the lives of people who are homeless by (1) destigmatizing homelessness and changing negative public attitudes towards homelessness (2) providing brand-new clothing and inclusive shopping experiences for people experiencing homelessness and (3) Giving homeless youth a pathway out of homelessness through retail training and employment. In FY16 HoMie ran nine VIP Shopping Days for over 250 homeless clients, delivered over 1,500 items of brand new clothing to the homeless community, restored dignity to people living in poverty, fostered community tolerance and respect for people suffering disadvantage, and trained and employed three (3) homeless Melbournians as retail workers. The grant will be ussed toward running two 'VIP Shopping Days' between February and April 2017.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000

Endeavour Foundation

Endeavour Foundation offers tailored disability services, one of which is supported employment to offer disabled people increased income, and with this, higher living standards and financial independence, as well as a sense of identity and self-worth and reduced reliance on welfare systems. The grant will be used toward updating our employee work seats with new heavy duty ergonomic industrial polyurethane stools with footholds and heavy duty mechanisms at the manual processing lines at our Kew site in Victoria. This will improve the comfort for workers, who are place in seated roles to suit any physical disability requirements they experience whilst working.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000