Grants Given in Australia

Round 33

January to March 2017

Cause Region Amount

Variety the Children's Charity

Variety Tasmania, a chapter of the national body, Variety Australia, was incorporated in 1991. Variety Tasmania enhances Tasmanian children and youth who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs through the provision of tangible equipment and services. They run a series of events throughout the year to raise funds for the children, and required funding to purchase an upgraded Variety Sunshine Coach to deliver their Hobart-based events and programs.

Tasmania $5,000

QLD Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (Crestmead PCYC)

The QPCYWA works toward the development of youth and family health and wellbeing through the provision of sport, recreation and welfare programs and their affiliation with the Queensland Police Service provides a unique link between Police and youth of the community. In partnership with schools and other local services, Crestmead PCYC offers a diverse range of affordable, high quality activities for the community with a focus on vulnerable, at risk or disengaged youth. This grant supports their Braking the Cycle program, a Learner Driver Mentor Program (LDMP) developed by QPCYWA which provides local disadvantaged youth the opportunity to obtain their license with the support of a volunteer mentor. Braking the Cycle volunteers act as driving supervisors, enabling the disengaged youth to receive 1:1 mentoring in the form of the 100 mandatory log book hours required before a license test can be undertaken. Volunteer mentors are recruited from a variety of sources including local police officers and driving school instructors. Evidence from previous Brake the Cycle programs indicates that most participants who compete the program and obtain a license are employed within 6 to 8 weeks of completing the program.

Queensland $5,000

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

As the official charity for the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, the purpose of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation is to support sick and injured patients suffering distress and hardship in Gold Coast public hospitals and community health services, across more than 40 health facilities including Robina and Gold Coast University Hospital. Funds are sought to purchase equipment to assist their most critically ill and injured patients in the Intensive Care Unit. To help ICU patients communicate when unable to speak, hear or write, they require 6 iPads uploaded with a purpose-built app for ICU patients, known as TICTACS, to overcome common barriers to patient communication and reduce stress for patients and families.

Queensland $4,500

Little Wings Ltd

Little Wings mission is to provide a free, safe and professional flight and ground transportation service for seriously ill children and their families from regional NSW. Their aim is to reduce the emotional stress, financial burden and travel fatigue associated with long distance and repetitive travel required to seek specialised medical treatment only available at the Children's Hospitals in major city centres. Little Wings keeps families together by reducing the time spent away from home, and by enabling children who are undergoing intense medical treatment, such as chemotherapy, the opportunity to return home for a short break in treatment, a reprieve which would not be possible without Little Wings. The Little Wings flight program aims to provide 400 free flights (increased from 325 in the prior year) to seriously ill children and their families from regional NSW during the 2017/18 financial year. This grant will fund 6 flights to help a seriously ill child attend the Children's Hospital in Sydney for medical treatment, which will enable a child to return home 3 times during treatment to experience the comforts and love of their home environment.

New South Wales $8,880

Rebound WA (Wheelchair Sports WA Assn.)

Rebound WA help people with a physical disability to rebound from adversity by offering a range of programs for people with a physical disability of all ages in Western Australia. Their primary objective is to ensure that people with a physical disability have the opportunity to fully participate in society and achieve their full potential. The Whiz Kids program is aimed at children with a disability aged 5-12, offering a broad range of sports, recreation and social activities including wheelchair basketball and boccia, masterchef and arts and crafts, and excursions such as Zoo trips and Laser Blaze. The program aims to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, develop new skills and to assist the family in establishing peer support networks by helping to develop motor skills, improve social connectedness, increase confidence and create a sense of belonging. Interaction with children in similar circumstances in a supportive environment develops confidence and self-esteem. This program has been a huge success and identified by staff at PMH as the only real opportunity for children with a physical disability to get involved with sports, recreation and social activities. Six staff across Harcourts WA participated in an abseil off the Q1 building to raise funds, which was matched by this grant, for a total of $9200 overall.

Western Australia $4,500

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association of SA Inc. (SIDS & Kids SA)

SIDS and Kids SA have provided support for SA families who experience the sudden and unexpected death of a child during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood for 40 years and are the only bereavement support organisation providing free professional ongoing counseling and support. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or sudden infant death (SIDS) and the sudden and unexpected death of a child from conception up to age 6. They also educate the community on safe sleep practices through brochures, information seminars and support education for hospitals, parents, childcare centres and the SA community. Grant funds will be used to provide evidence-based Safe Sleeping Education seminars to country-based Childcare Centres, Nannies (think remote cattle stations), home based carers (parents, grandparents etc.) and country hospitals using live webinar sessions where recipients use their computer and interact 'live' with the educator for their training. It is also highly impractical and extremely expensive for parents and childcare staff to visit Adelaide for Safe Sleeping Education. To achieve this, they require funds to purchase a reasonable quality PC connectable Conference Camera, and credits with a Webinar facilitator to offer live online Safe Sleeping Education sessions to rural and remote South Australians. CISCO WEBEX Meeting Centre access for two years - $1200, plus CAMERA = $300, plus IT Technical support for installation (one off) = $300 for a total of $1800.

South Australia $1,000

Operation Flinders Foundation Inc.

Operation Flinders Foundation transform young people's lives through their participation in their world-leading evidence-based remote outback intervention programs. The program provides young men and women who have been identified as being at-risk, with demanding outdoor challenges and ongoing support, to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self-confidence, motivation, leadership, teamwork and responsibility, so they may grow as valued members of their community. In excess of 7000 young people have participated since the program's inception in 1991. The project operates in the far northern Flinders Ranges, with the exercises accommodating up to 100 participants who operate in independing teams, trekking more than 100kms over 8 days. This grant will fully fund 3 participants for the 3-10 August 2017 trek at a cost of $1,650 per person.

South Australia $4,950

Deakin University (National Centre for Farmer Health)

The National Centre for Farmer Health is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University. Based in Hamilton, Victoria, the Centre provides national leadership to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia by increasing knowledge transfer across the target groups of farmers, rural professionals, academics and students. They seek funding to promote their cause at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday 15 October 2017, including entering a "Run 4 Farmer Health" team in the event. Costs of the project include marquee ($950), bottles of water ($50), participant T-shirts (100 x $30 = $3000) for a total of $4,000.

Landmark Harcourts - Victoria $4,000

The Mater Foundation for Smiling for Smiddy

The support from Harcourts Foundation will be tied to funding cancer research through their Smiling for Smiddy program. Smiling for Smiddy is a national program of cycling and triathlon challenge events funding cancer research at Mater, established in honour of keen triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006, aged just 26 years old. Harcourts corporate members Brendan Whipps, Andrew Friebe and Jason Jaegar completed the March 2017 New Zealand Smiling for Smiddy Challenge. As part of the larger peloton, they cycled over 700 kms around New Zealand’s beautiful and rugged South Island, from Christchurch to Queenstown, and raised over $12,000 overall for the Mater Foundation’s cancer research.

Queensland and South Australia $8,017

St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) Inc. (Fred's Van)

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a major international charitable and voluntary organisation, operating in South Australia since 1884. Each year the Society assists over 100,000 people across SA facing; homelessness, primary and mental health issues, poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage, unemployment, migrants, indigenous Australians and people living with disabilities. Fred’s Van is a good work of St Vincent de Paul which feeds the homeless and marginalised at 8 sites across metro Adelaide, and 2 regional sites at Port Lincoln and Port Pirie. Each night a team of volunteers travel to designated sites to serve crowds of between 60-100 people per night. They provide a hot meal & drinks, take home sandwiches & fruit, blankets, beanies & gloves. Fred’s Van has been operating for nearly 25 years and is an integral and respected service within the city and suburbs of Adelaide. This grant will be used to purchase a commercial dishwasher for the Salisbury Fred's Van, in the transition from kerbside to an inside venue for the Winter of 2017.

South Australia $2,000

Edmund Rice Camps NSW

Edmund Rice Camps provide week-long, recreational holiday experiences for disadvantaged children which provide an opportunity to connect, learn social skills, and develop positive relationships with the children and volunteers on camp, all in a safe and supportive environment. The Edmund Rice Winter Junior Camp brings together a group of 25-30 children aged 5-10 years who are experiencing disadvantage, with a group of 25-30 young adult volunteers who are recruited and trained to support and encourage them. Children, aged 5-10 years, are primarily from the Western Sydney region and experience disadvantage in a variety of forms including, but not limited to: Indigeneity, poverty, violence, intellectual and/or learning disabilities, cultural and linguistic diversity, family breakdown, social isolation, exposure to drug and alcohol use, family members living with mental illness, homelessness, and recently settled refugees. This project also includes training of all new camp leaders, and an activity day coordinated approximately 1 month after camp conclusion to reunite campers for a day of fun activities and team building.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000

Starting Over Support

Starting Over Support (SOS) is a charity dedicated to providing a safer and fulfilling new life to families and individuals escaping domestic violence and other crisis situations. SOS provides essential household goods and furniture to start a new home and is the only free comprehensive service of its kind in Perth. Funding is sought to increase the profile of the organisation and highlight the work that SOS undertakes in order to attract donations and support for organisations and individuals, including a pop-up banner for display at public speaking opportunities, outdoor signs to advertise monthly garage sales at prominent intersections, and branded t-shirts, aprons and name badges for volunteers.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000

Create Foundation

CREATE Foundation (CREATE) is the national consumer body for children and young people with an out-of-home care experience, which refers to the care of children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families and are placed in short or long term care to ensure the child’s safety. The children and young people supported have entered the care system through no fault of their own, usually due to emotional abuse (40%), neglect (28%) and physical abuse (19%). As a flow on effect, young people exiting the care system are at higher risk of experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol dependence, unemployment, early parenthood and contact with the criminal justice system. The Harcourts Foundation funding will be used to support the CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme, designed specifically to help young people with a care experience (15-25 years) transition to independence at possibly the most vulnerable times of their lives. Given the challenges young people face when released from child protection to live independently, the CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme provides them with practical grants enabling, for example: • Further training or education to increase job opportunities in a competitive market • Driving lessons subsidies to ensure young people successfully attain their drivers’ license, increasing opportunities and independence. • Laptop and interview uniform grants to secure job placements. Laptops are particularly valuable since young people living in residential care have limited access to privacy. Applicants from each state (including Queensland) are required to go through a diligent application process and grants are awarded for meritorious applicants.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000