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2017/18 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Central Coast region with funding totaling more than $275,894

  • CAPS Child Abuse Prevention Service Inc
  • HMRI Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Diabetes NSW & ACT Diabetes NSW and ACT
  • MMAD Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD)
Grant recipients Central Coast Kids in Need

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On the important community projects and initiatives that we are supporting across regional NSW

GRAHAM BATTEN, NEWCASTLE PERMANENT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Central Coast kids in need is a really unique organisation and we believe it's the only one of its type in regional of NSW that provides funding directly to families facing increased cost of living due to the illnesses faced by their children.

RHONDA DOYLE, CENTRAL COAST KIDS IN NEED

We're a small group of volunteers that fund-raise to assist families from the coast who have very sick children who have to attend Newcastle and Sydney hospitals.

We provide medications, pig feeds, accommodation for the families to stay with their sick kids and also travel costs to ease the burden for them.

CATHY, MUM

Kira was diagnosed when she was five and to this day now she continues to have operations every six to eight weeks.

There was so many cost that we had not anticipated whatsoever but once Central Coast Kids in Need became involved with us he started helping us with not just medications but the travel costs and accommodation every time she'd have to go to the hospital, so yeah they've just they've impacted majorly on us.

KIRAH

There's so many things that are just different that I can't just be normal like other kids; there's also like dietary requirements. I can't do certain sports either I have to always not push too hard or things can get really nasty and I don't have a flare-up and go back to the hospital.

GRAHAM BATTEN 

For us to support Central Coast Kids in Need it allows them to support up to a hundred families this year to make life a little bit normal not only for the young person that's facing an illness but also for the parents and the family who are equally affected.

LORRAINE CHURCHILL, CENTRAL COAST KIDS IN NEED 

It means a lot to us because it relieves the financial stresses for these families and they can concentrate on their sick child.

KIRAH

I would not have been able to do anything without them at all, they've completely just carried me through these times.

Central Coast Beneficiaries 2017/18

Each year the Foundation provides over $1.5 million in grants to eligible charities and community organisations for projects, initiatives and programs which meet our funding criteria and address important community issues that the Foundation has identified as key focus areas.

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Transforming Transport to Treatment

Region - Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

This $154,000 grant will enable Cancer Council NSW’s Transport to Treatment program to become an online booking platform for transport to cancer treatment. The online system will transform the 28 existing independent services into one convenient online booking system. Along with future expansion of the vehicle fleet, the aim of this project is to enable access to free transport for anyone needing transport for cancer treatment.

Cancer Council NSW has previously received $270,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.


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Starting Over

Region - Central Coast

This $48,000 grant will be used to purchase 100 starting over kits to assist people escaping domestic violence. Each kit will include one double bed, two single beds (a person escaping violence with children is a common scenario), one lounge, one dining suite, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, fridge, washing machine, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, and linen. As needed, kits will also include school suppliers, cleaning kits, medication, and mobility aides.

It is hoped that these kits will make the transition and cost of moving into new accommodation easier thereby making the decision to leave an easier one.

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Options Theatre Company Community Performance Space Development

Region - Central Coast

Options Theatre Company provides the opportunity for people with a disability to be involved with the arts and offers training in associated roles including sound and lighting, production, and rigging. This funding will enable the completion of a new sustainable enterprise performance space and café at a new Tuggerah site; this includes fit out of the box office and café, and installation of configurable seating for 80 to 100 people.

Options Disability Support has previously received $33,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

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2018/19 Wheelchair Sports NSW Member Grant Program – Northern Region

Region - Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

Wheelchair Sports NSW provides a range of programs and financial support for people with physical disabilities to participate in sport. This $33,000 grant will provide up to 100 Wheelchair Sports members access to funding to support their sport participation, be they at beginner level or an experienced athlete. The goal is to encourage and financially support those with a physical disability remain active in their community and maintain good mental wellbeing.

Wheelchair Sports NSW has previously received $30,460 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.