Grants Given in Australia

Round 37

January to March 2018

Cause Region Amount

Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania

Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania's purpose is to help Tasmanians with CF to live longer and healthier lives, and to provide support and advocacy for the CF community. Without any Government support, CFT assists the 110 Tasmanians currently living with CF with the many challenges of living with this life-shortening chronic condition. Regular hospital stays are a necessary part of treatment for someone with CF, often starting from a very young age and increasing as they get older, raising many emotional and financial challenges for the patient and their loves ones. CT run a "CF Hospital Assist" program, providing direct financial assistance to each member with CF who has a hospital admission of more than four night with a subsidy of $100 per hospital stay. Importantly, this would ensure that the most unwell patients with frequent hospital stays and incurred costs would not be limited in the assistance they can ask for. This grant funded 40 hospital stay subsidies for CF patients around Tasmania, as well as $330 project costs for the administration of the program.

Tasmania $4,330

Scripture Union Tasmania

Scripture Union Tasmania is a nondenominational Christian organisation which helps young people and families to grow and nurture spiritually healthy lives, enabling them to develop resilience, build healthy relationships and be equipped to make positive life choices. Our grant assisted funding to establish a school-based mentoring program that will complement the pastoral care work of chaplains in secondary schools in the south of the state. The project will employ a part-time coordinator (10 hrs/week) who will set up a supportive infrastructure and appropriate training for volunteer mentors. It is expected that at least 60 students from across 14 southern secondary schools will benefit from the program and a similar number of volunteer mentors. Factoring in the other members of the school community and the mentorees' families, this project will positively impact hundreds of people.

Tasmania $5,000

The Mater Foundation (via Smiling for Smiddy )

Smiling for Smiddy is a national program of cycling and triathlon challenge events funding cancer research at Mater. Smiling for Smiddy was established in honour of keen triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006, aged just 26 years old. Funds were raised at the Harcourts SA and NSW Quarterly Awards to support Team Harcourts’ ride in the Tassie Challenge, a 650km cycle from Hobart to Launceston. The team consisted of Harcourts members Martin Millard, Andrew Friebe, Brendan Whipps, and Andrew Leach.

South Australia and New South Wales $9,030

Diabetes NSW & ACT

Diabetes NSW & ACT has been supporting people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends, for 80 years. To further their impact, they are now focussed on reaching the most vulnerable members of the community. Early intervention to assist newly diagnosed adults and children who are already socially and economically disadvantaged will ensure they can develop good self-management practice to prevent complications later in life. This project will allow for resource kits to be given to those who need them, with the packs to include a range of diabetes management support necessary to enable a good standard of self-care. Total cost for the pilot is $12,100, made up of 50 Kits for insulin users at $145.00 each and 50 kits for oral medicine users at $97.00 each, and our grant funded 50% of the pilot costs. The delivery model will be through diabetes clinics at hospitals in pilot locations of Western Sydney and Regional NSW & ACT. Once proven that the program works, the Australian Government National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has often agreed to contribute funds – a great outcome for people living with diabetes.

New South Wales $6,000

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. Our grant, in support of their 4WD Challenge, helped to fund their Variety "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

ManUp! Qld

In 2018 ManUp! will conduct tours throughout rural and regional Queensland and New South Wales as part of their Prostate Cancer Educational Program. The goal of the Educational Program is to raise public awareness of prostate cancer, detection, treatment and the need for a program that offers support to men living with prostate cancer. It is only through awareness and education that prostate cancer will be detected at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Landmark Harcourts QLD & NSW $1,000

REDKITE

For over 30 years, Redkite has been a recognised leader in professional, cancer-specific support services. They are the largest non-government provider of social workers and music therapists in children's hospitals throughout Australia and the largest non-government provider of financial assistance to families facing cancer. For over 15 years, Redkite’s signature fundraiser, the Redkite Corporate Quiz in Queensland, has consistently drawn a wide variety of industry leaders, celebrities and sports people together for a night of competition, great food, laughs and prizes, all for an incredible cause. Every year, around 400 people attend the Redkite Corporate Quiz in Brisbane to show their support, and proceeds from the event ensure Redkite can continue providing essential support to children and young people with cancer and their families. A grant of $5,000 from the Harcourts Foundation ensures all funds raised from the event go back into the services they provide, and in Queensland they are aiming to raise over $200,000 to support 80 families living with cancer. Nationally, Redkite are aiming to raise $1.277 million. This target will assist 510 families across Australia access all of Redkite's core services for an entire year. The event will be held on Friday 20th July at the Hilton Brisbane.

National - Harcourts Solutions National Award $5,000

Dandelion Support Network

Based in in the Sutherland Shire south of Sydney, Dandelion Support Network is a volunteer-run charity which accepts donations of new and used nursery equipment, children’s clothes, linen and toys from the community. These items are rehomed to families in need through support agencies and hospitals. Since their beginning in 2012, they have helped more than 5000 families in need and work with over 130 hospital and community service agencies to create positive change in their community. This grant will help to fund their new "Essential packs for newborns and children" project. While many items provided for the newborns and children are preloved, there are some items that need to be purchased for hygiene reasons such as nappy cream, bottle teats, baby wipes, moisturiser, shampoo, wash for newborns, mattress protectors for newborns and socks, pyjamas and undies for children. With the newborn and children's essential packs costing $40 each, this grant of $1000 will fund 25 essential packs to help relieve the financial burden of the parents and allow the children to have items they need but would otherwise be likely to go without.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000