The Harcourts Foundation helps Tasmanian students to reach their goals through recent grant

By Julia Eyles on September 8, 2015

Brittney & James (left)Variety the Children’s Charity Tasmania recently awarded four students a scholarship to pursue their goals within the arts and sporting programs as part of their Variety Heart of Gold Youth Scholarships.

The scholarships were awarded in July, after The Harcourts Foundation granted Variety $5000 to help fund their latest scholarships.

The program, which is designed to award scholarships to students who show potential and talent in the areas of the arts, sport and education gives students the means to pursue their goals. Students are typically either physically or financially disadvantaged.

Tomas, a year eight student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, attends the Southern Support School and thanks to Variety and The Harcourts Foundation is now able to participate in art and drawing in a quiet and motivating environment, something his occupational therapist says he shows a natural ability for.

Students, Brittney and James Wilson, who both suffer from Muscular Dystrophy were also awarded scholarships, allowing them to participate in boccia, as both are keen players of the bowls sport.

James and Brittney have now been selected to represent Tasmania for the National Boccia Titles in Sydney. The scholarships will assist with their travel expenses to participate in the national competition.

The Harcourts Foundation Ambassador Tasmania, Anna Gooch says that she is delighted to be able to help students like Tomas, Brittney and James.

“We are thrilled to be able to assist Variety Tasmania in the establishment of the Varity Heart of Gold Youth Scholarships in providing young Tasmanians a means to achieve their life goals,” says Ms Gooch.