Grants Given in Australia

Round 41

January to March 2019

Cause Region Amount

Launceston PCYC

The Launceston PCYC (LPCYC) provide socially disengaged young people - and those at risk of engaging with the youth justice system - the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting, recreational, cultural and educational activities to empower them to make better choices. Our staff, police mentors, partner bodies such as the Dept of Education, engage these youth a number of ways with a focus on adventure therapy. One of their major and successful activities is mountain bike riding & camps, and this grant of $4000 will assist to purchase 10 mountain bikes, supplied at cost by Avanti Launceston.

Tasmania $4,000

Bravehearts Foundation

Bravehearts has been operating for over 22 years with its proven range of services and programs relating specifically and holistically to the prevention and early intervention of child sexual assault. This grant will assist Bravehearts to make significant cost savings in installing solar panels in their Arundel office to reduce the high costs paid towards electricity – and ultimately direct the funds back into service delivery protecting children. This cost saving option at this site alone will drastically reduce current costs and in the first few years equates to $5,000-$6,000 each year.

Queensland $5.936

Communify Queensland - Sweet Freedom Choir

Based in Newmarket, Communify's "Sweet Freedom" is an all-abilities choir whose 30 members include people who are vision-impaired, have a neurological or learning disability or who use a wheelchair. The choir write and perform their own original compositions, many of which celebrate the joy and empowerment that they derive from being part of the choir, which provides a vital social and creative outlet for members, and a sense of purpose and connectedness. Despite the logistical challenges involved, choir members are excited at the prospect of showcasing their talents in two popular public events this year – The Queensland Music Festival on 27 July (one of the state’s premier cultural events), and their Carols by Candlelight performance (Ashgrove & The Gap) in December which attracts an audience of over 4000. This grant of $5500 will specifically enable Communify to (1) fund additional hours for specialist staff to enable choir members to attend rehearsals and performances outside standard working hours and (2) employ a musical therapist for up to an hour per week for the remainder of the year, to increase the therapeutic benefits of musical activity, as well as covering the costs of their accompanying musician and the performance costs of the two events.

Queensland $5,500

Grandparents for Granchildren SA

GFGSA is an early intervention service working to prevent at-risk children from entering the statutory child protection system (foster, residential and commercial care) and keeping them within their extended families where practicable. 54% of all children in out of home care live with their Grandparents, who receive no financial assistance from any Government or state authority. The grant will be used toward the Grandcarers and Kinship Carers’ Supplementary Education and Sports Program, to financially assist struggling Grandcarers to purchase essential education-related items, technology, uniforms, sporting fees or school-endorsed excursions for their grandchildren in order for them to remain at school, not be ostracised or shunned by their peers and make the most of their educational opportunities. The success of the program is measured by the boost in scholastic performance of the children and a marked improvement in their general wellbeing, demeanour, self-confidence and assurance.

South Australia $6,000

Miracle Babies

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia's leading not-for-profit supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Over 48,000 babies are born every year in Australia requiring specialised medical care, and Miracle Babies work with families and health professionals toward their vision of 'better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity or sickness. This grant will fund 100 NICU Survival Packs to babies and families cared for at The Women's & Children's Hospital (Adelaide). Up to 1,000 babies are cared for at The Women's & Children's Hospital (Adelaide) and these funds will allow 100 families in critical experiences to receive this vital support, education and empowerment resource.

South Australia $3,000

Childhood Cancer Association

Each year in South Australia, the Childhood Cancer Association receives an average of 60 referrals for children newly diagnosed with cancer. In addition to this, an average of 10 children relapse and 8 children pass away from cancer every year in South Australia. The Childhood Cancer Association is SA’s key childhood cancer support association, providing hands on support and a range of 30 services to over 400 children with cancer and their families. This grant will assist in the provision of our Home Tutoring Scheme which provides home-based educational support for school-aged children who are currently receiving treatment for cancer and are unable to attend school full time as a result of their diagnosis/treatment. The HTS aims to help maintain and/or continue children's education and assist with their transition back to the school environment. The HTS is fully funded by the Childhood Cancer Association and reimburses the cost of one hour of tutoring per week. Harcourts Packham raised these funds at their 4th annual Quiz Night.

South Australia $12,785

Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA

MNDSA supports all people impacted by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in South Australia, which includes patients, families, carers, communities, health professionals and workplaces. MND is a terminal illness that results in increasing levels of disability with only an average life expectancy from diagnosis of only 27 months. During this period, clients have rapidly deteriorating abilities and require support in a timely manner, which is not met by the current health system. The muscles of movement, speech, swallowing and breathing gradually weaken and waste, and paralysis ensues. MND is not well-understood in our community and MND SA plays a vital role in raising awareness, understanding and promoting an inclusive approach to benefit people with MND. This can involve employers, families, health services, community groups and educational institutions. Harcourts Tagni held a Quiz Night to raise these funds for MND SA.

South Australia $3,136

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, and aims to break this cycle of disadvantage and disengagement by assisting young people 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.

New South Wales $3,500