Grants Given in Australia

Round 38

April to June 2018

Cause Region Amount

Launceston City Mission

Inside Out 4 Kids (IO4K) is a unique children's trauma, grief and loss support program designed to work holistically in the school environment in Tasmania's North & North West to support young people through their journey with trauma, grief and loss. It aims to assist children see change and loss as a normal part of life, put feelings into words, work through their grief and build a stronger sense of self, reliance, acceptance, belonging and hope. Importantly, it helps the child build resilience to manage future trauma, grief and loss challenges. In the last 12 months, almost 500 children have participated in the program - however this is a very small number compared to the total needing help. This grant will support the delivery of the IO4K schools program in Launceston and surrounding areas, assisting 40 children and their families to manage loss.

Launceston $20,000

Enterprising Aardvark Counselling and Consultancy

Enterprising Aardvark are the only service in Launceston or Northern Tasmania providing free, flexible long-term professional therapeutic counselling and support to individuals who have experienced early childhood trauma and sexual assault. The grant will provide fully funded counselling sessions for the next three months for women, men and children in the Launceston and Northern Tasmanian area. The whole community will benefit because the impact of sexual assault and childhood trauma negatively impacts us all through mental health costs, hospitalisation, loss of employment and educational opportunities, addictions, suicide, legal costs, family breakdown and more.

Launceston $10,000

Cereal for Coffee

Cereal for Coffee provides relief to young people suffering poverty and misfortune by (1) supporting chaplaincy programs by providing breakfast food items for children in Australian primary and secondary schools and community groups (2) organising events to collect breakfast food items (3) organising, marketing and selling merchandise to fundraise and promote awareness (4) organising and holding fundraising events. This grant will provide 2000 breakfasts to Logan area primary school children in need.

Queensland $2,000

University of Queensland - Brisbane Breast Bank

Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women by the time they are 85. While significant in-roads towards improving breast cancer treatments are being made, many questions still remain. The Brisbane Breast Bank was established in 2005 with the aim of collecting a frozen tumour sample from every breast cancer patient undergoing treatment at the RBWH, where many thousands of samples are provided to collaborators for research, both nationally and internationally. This grant will be used to expand their annual research showcase from 30 to 100 participants including patients, advocates, allied health staff, clinicians and the general community. Showcasing the inroads made into breast cancer research to a larger audience will create flow-on effects and networking likely to result in long-term beneficial relationships.

Queensland $3,000

Kidsxpress

KidsXpress, established in 2006, is one of the primary organisations in Australia leading the revolution on how we address the effects of childhood trauma and transform the way we see health and behaviour. 1 in 5 children in Australia experience unhealthy levels of stress and trauma. Without early intervention, this can seriously compromise children’s health, well-being, learning ability and development. Left unrecognised and unresolved, childhood trauma can translate into serious challenges in adulthood, such as physical health problems, violence, unemployment, relationship breakdowns, drug and alcohol abuse, social anxiety and more. KidsXpress’ Training and Education program delivers Trauma-Informed Services to school leaders, educators and out-of-home care workers to build the capacity of schools to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of children. This $5,000 grant will fund 95 teachers' attendance at a full day professional learning workshop. With an average class size of 24 students, the tools learnt from these workshops will have a flow-on benefit to 2,280 students. By addressing issues at their core, behaviour problems and referrals decrease and academic results improve.

New South Wales $5,000

Olivia's Place

Olivia’s Place's mission is to support and encourage families during pregnancy and early parenting through community engagement and the provision of resources, education and professional services. Their Material Aid program provides donated new and pre-loved goods to families in need, and due to exponential growth in donations over the last 5 years, they no longer have space at their Centre to store, process and supply the goods demanded. This grant will fund the rental of a local storage space which could be appropriately fitted out for our needs to store excess donated items.

Victoria $5,768

Childhood Cancer Association

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia’s key childhood cancer support association providing hands on support to over 400 children with cancer and their families. Each year in South Australia, they receive an average of 60 referrals for children newly diagnosed with cancer (that’s more than one child a week). In addition, an average of 10 children relapse and 8 children pass away yearly. The Childhood Cancer Association believes families deserve the best possible care and support so they don’t face their cancer journey alone, and provide a range of 30 services to support them. Harcourts Packham held their 3rd Annual Quiz Night, raising $12,500 toward their "Michael Rice" units - a free accommodation which is provided for country/interstate families whilst their child is undergoing treatment at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Since 2011, an average of 880 nights accommodation per year has been provided.

South Australia $12,500

Womens & Childrens Hospital Foundation

The Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation is committed to making a difference by providing ongoing support to the Women's and Children's Hospital that has a lasting impact on the health and well-being of families. The WCHF Beach House is a major project that aims to provide respite accommodation for families caring around the clock for children requiring palliative care support due to their complex needs and life-limiting illnesses. The Beach House will offer a welcoming, peaceful environment far from the physical and emotional stresses of the hospital setting, yet is strategically located near a hospital if the need arises. The WCHF Beach House will provide an environment where the whole family can recharge and create memories together, providing them with the break they need to continue their journey, however long it may be. The house has 5 bedroom areas to accommodate up to 10 people, with a flexible floor plan. Funds granted were raised by Harcourts South Coast's raffle of a Cubby House they decorated.

South Australia $2,000

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, well-being 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. One of their fundraisers used to promote their cause is the "Run 4 Farmer Health" team (for the 5th year) at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday 14 October 2018. This grant will fund the cost of the marquee where participants will gather post-event, as well as water provided to them. They expect a team of 100 participants, including staff, their families, friends, supporters, farmers, agricultural workers and health professionals.

Landmark Harcourts - Victoria $1,000

Childhood Cancer Association

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia’s key childhood cancer support association providing hands on support to over 400 children with cancer and their families. Each year in South Australia, they receive an average of 60 referrals for children newly diagnosed with cancer (that’s more than one child a week). In addition, an average of 10 children relapse and 8 children pass away yearly. The Childhood Cancer Association believes families deserve the best possible care and support so they don’t face their cancer journey alone, and provide a range of 30 services to support them. Harcourts Packham held their 3rd Annual Quiz Night, raising $12,500 toward their "Michael Rice" units - a free accommodation which is provided for country/interstate families whilst their child is undergoing treatment at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Since 2011, an average of 880 nights accommodation per year has been provided. Harcourts Packham's Troy Sgarbossa and Silvia Josipovic chose this charity as the recipient of the $5000 grant prize, as part of their Harcourts Foundation Outstanding Contribution Award received at the Harcourts Australia National Conference in May 2018.

National (South Australia) $5,000