Grants Given in Australia

Round 40

October to December 2018

Cause Region Amount

White Ribbon Australia - Breaking the Silence Program

White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male-led Campaign to end men's violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries. White Ribbon works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community. Breaking the Silence is an award-winning professional learning program for Principals and school leaders that supports them to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities. These models give students the opportunity to learn and experience respectful relationships, preventing the perpetration of violence against women and girls. The funds for this grant are the total proceeds of our "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes 2018" fundraiser to specifically support their Breaking the Silence program, and bringing our total granted to date to over $500,000.

National $100,942

Rural Aid - Buy a Bale

Thousands of farmers in Queensland and Northern NSW need our help to keep their cattle, sheep and horses alive through one of the worst droughts in living history and after the cessation of live cattle exports, no wet season and fires. Australian farmers are the backbone of our country, and for hundreds of years they’ve fed us all. Now they need our support to keep their cattle alive and food in our stomachs. Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale program supports farmers through the provision of fodder, water, food, fuel, counselling and more. The funds for this grant were raised at the 10th Annual Harcourts Foundation Queensland Fishing Competition, held on the Sunshine Coast in October 2018 and organised by Harcourts Burpengary Narangba.

Queensland $6,456

Pathways Tasmania

Pathways Tasmania exist to help the most vulnerable people in our society to make meaningful changes in their lives and lift them out of homelessness and addiction. They achieve this through Launch Youth, Tasmania's only long-term shelter for teenage boys, and through Velocity Transformations, a long-term residential rehabilitation service for men, and soon to be for women as well. The grant of $15,000 will be used toward the running costs of the new women's centre, South Tasmania's only long-term (12 month) drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for women. These costs include clothing, medical, dental and professional mental health support. The new centre is scheduled to open in late February 2019 with the capacity to house 8 women and give them the opportunity to journey from addiction to freedom.

Tasmania $15,000

Toogoolawa Schools

Toogoolawa Schools is an alternative provider of education for boys on the Gold Coast aged 9-15 years who have dropped out of, or are no longer welcome in, mainstream schooling due to behaviour problems or learning difficulties. The Toogoolawa model is designed to revolve around the five universal Human Values of Truth, Love, Peach, Right conduct and Non-violence, with the inclusion of daily "Mindful Meditation". Most students have at least one diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder or Intellectual Impairment. The boys come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds with most having experienced challenging and chaotic life circumstances. Some reside in foster or residential care with very high needs, some are in trouble with the law, some are bullies or have been bullied at their old schools. Each boy has their own unique story as to why they don't "fit" into mainstream schooling. A grant of $4500 will support their camps, where their students learn valuable life skills like cooking, putting up tents, being away from their parents, cleaning up after themselves, and the importance of following instructions when they are in different environments. The funding will benefit 96 boys and 17 staff through their yearly camps.

Queensland $4,500

Variety WA

Variety WA believe all kids – whether living with sickness, disadvantage or special needs - deserve the opportunities in life they deserve. They focus on meeting unmet need and helping kids when no government or other assistance is available through providing equipment, programs, scholarships and events for kids. The Variety 4WD Adventure is a 7-day motoring event fundraiser, with teams committed to raising a minimum amount of $4000 (first event) and $6000 (returning participant). Funds raised are granted through their Kids Support Committee which assesses and prioritizes all applications from children under 18 years of age. In the 2017/2018 financial year, they assisted 12,563 children with grants to meet their needs.

Western Australia $5,000

Little Dreamers Australia

Little Dreamers aims to improve the quality of life for Young Carers across the country, supporting young people between 4 – 25 years across six support programs. Over the past nine years, they have granted 200+ Dream Experiences, facilitated 15 school holiday programs, and significantly improved the quality of life for thousands of Young Carers and their families. Whatever the support service, a common thread runs through everything we do - that young people should have access to the childhood that everyone deserves and that they have the same access to opportunities that their non-caring peers have. There is a pressing need for support for the siblings of kids with a disability and believe that it is important to provide spaces and environments where Young Carers and their families can meet others and have a fun day out. They are planning a BBQ “meet and greet” in Ballarat at which Young Carers in the area can get to know one another, along with the 6 Little Dreamers staff members to meet some of the young people they’ve helped through Dream Experience grants. The event will help to further educate the community about the needs of Young Carers, and they anticipate up to 75 people will attend.

Victoria $2,000

Spectrum Journeys

Spectrum Journeys’ mission is to equip and empower families, carers and educators so they are able to provide high quality support to children on the Autism Spectrum. The funds will be used to purchase stackable chairs to enable them to offer carer events, specifically benefiting those carers and volunteers who attend their programs including the Blessing Bag Creation Nights (volunteers making pamper bags for Carers), groups sessions, workshops and events.

Victoria $700

Life's Little Treasures

Working with 121 hospitals throughout the country, LLTF's purpose is to ensure no Australian family endures the traumatic experience of having a premature or sick baby without access to critical information and support. With approximately 27,000 Australian babies (around 9%) born prematurely, it's the most common cause of sickness and death in newborn babies. Founded in Melbourne in 2005 by a group of parents with premature babies who had not received any support throughout the many months their fragile babies were in hospital, LLTF has grown into Australia's foremost charity for parents of premature and sick babies. The grant will be sued to fund their in-hospital morning tea program "NICU Connections" within their "NICU Food from the Heart" program. Having a baby in hospital can be an isolating experience, and it can be of great benefit for families to talk to others in a similar position. Research shows that without intervention, 40% of Mothers and 35% of Fathers will suffer depression in the early weeks after the birth of a premature baby, compared to 16% of Mothers and 10% of Fathers who have had full term babies. The morning teas give impacted families the opportunity to take a moment of self-care, to nourish themselves with food provided and to speak with LLTF representatives who are, almost always, parents of premature babies and therefore able to offer veteran parent support, informative LLTF publications, and depending on the time of year, gifts. These babies can often spend months in hospital so supporting affected families is critical to the long-term welfare of the baby and its family. A grant of $5,259 will fund LLTF's the costs of the monthly morning tea program in 4 hospitals for 4 months - the Monash Children’s, Mercy for Women, Royal Women’s, and Sunshine Mercy Hospitals in Victoria.

Victoria $5,259

Mums Supporting Families in Need

Mums Supporting Families in Need supports at risk and impoverished families with daily essentials (good quality recycled and new goods) so they may feed themselves, maintain their personal hygiene, dress appropriately and warmly, and provide their children with safe sleeping, traveling and care equipment. Families access MSFIN anonymously and on referral from a social worker, with causes including (but are not limited to) family violence, refugees and migrants, at- risk families and reunification, foster and kinship care, mental health, enhanced maternal health, unsupported and new parents, substance abuse and children with significant additional or medical needs. This project is ongoing, with families providing quality material aid at no charge. Families access MSFIN from areas all over Melbourne, with significant areas of need currently including Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, and Pakenham. During an average month, MSFIN will assist over 130 different families with their material aid needs. The grant of $5000 covers over a month's rent of their warehouse, headquarters and project costs, with the expectation that at least 150 families will be directly impacted by the Harcourts Foundation grant.

Victoria $5,000

Barnardos Australia

Established in 1921, Barnardos Australia works together with children, young people and families to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes connected to family and community. Their intensive family support programs in NSW and the ACT combat domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, poverty and homelessness, to strengthen families and keep children safe at home. When this is not possible, they provide safe homes for children through foster care and kinship care or facilitate open adoptions, giving children the permanency and security they need, for life. Reconnect is an early-intervention program for young people who are at-risk or homeless due to family conflict. These young people are often struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, violence and abuse. Homelessness, or the risk of, has a direct correlation to these young people disengaging from mainstream educational programs and employment opportunities. The program aims to break this cycle of disadvantage and disengagement by assisting them to remain connected with their families, community and education or employment opportunities. Reconnect achieves this through providing 12 weeks of intensive case-work for up to 100 young people (12 - 18yrs) in Sydney's Inner West every year, "in their own time, on their own turf". The program is located in Marrickville and Belmore and supports young people living in the Canterbury/Marrickville local government areas.

"Corporate Choice" program, New South Wales $1,000