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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Northern Rivers region with funding totalling $128,000.

Recently supported projects in the Northern Rivers

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2017 recipient Cystic Fibrosis NSW

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


Young people and adults who have cystic fibrosis and the parents of young people with cystic fibrosis are more at risk of depression and anxiety and because of that that makes it more difficult for them to then manage their treatment.

If they're not managing their treatment, then they're going to get sicker and they're going to be in hospital more often and they're going to need more antibiotics and treatment and that means a downward spiral.


The Foundation provided $96,000 for a two part project; the first part was for a medic nebulizer and replacement project; the second part was for a structured exercise program for up to 40 people to learn exercise physiology habits and programs, engage in a healthy lifestyle, which really leads to improved life outcomes for people with cystic fibrosis.

For the Foundation, it's an extremely proud moment to see one of our programs that we've supported in action; it's really special for us.


Without someone like the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation this would just not be possible and people like Lizzie would not be going ahead in leaps and bounds as she is now.


We don't understand that maybe she can't breathe that well or she's going to run out of air or she's going to start coughing, so because we can do this with someone that actually knows her condition it means that she doesn't feel embarrassed if she has to cough or they're sort of very aware of what she can and can't do.


Basically, today involves 30-second intervals with 30-second rest and three lots of each of the exercises; they're big compound exercises and basically pushing it to her limit for those 30 seconds and then we're monitoring her oxygen afterwards, so it's in a safe environment but we definitely push them to their limits.


It's definitely helped me more I feel like I don't get tired as easy, like I can run further now and I feel a bit more energetic, got a lot stronger and it makes me feel better.
At the start it was a lot harder to exercise but as I've been coming in, trying some stuff, improving, and now I'm starting to do harder stuff.

It's never been really easy but they're always pushing me the right amount. 


If we can add exercise into their life, we can address that anxiety and depression and that means that they'll be able to manage their treatment and that means that they will stay well longer and they'll be out of hospital and they'll have better quality of life.

Northern Rivers Beneficiaries 2018

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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SeeMore Safety Program

Region - All regions

The KIDS Foundation aims to address the leading causes of injury, death or disability in Australian children - domestic violence and child safety issues. 

This $98,000 grant will allow KIDS Foundation to deliver its SeeMore child safety and wellbeing education program for children aged 4-6 within 650 child care centres and pre-schools throughout rural and regional NSW.

These children are statistically at higher risk of dying from injuries than their counterparts in metropolitan NSW. Thanks to the Charitable Foundation, the program will reach 23,000 children and focus on learning through literature, play and real-life experiences and addresses the role of educators in supporting self-regulation development through reflective practice, strong relationships with children and families and development of support networks.

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StrokeSafe Ambassador Program for regional and rural NSW

Region - Northern Rivers, Central West, New England

This $22,000 in funding will expand the StrokesSafe Ambassador Program in Tamworth, Armidale, Dubbo, and Coffs Harbour regions that have some of the highest rates of stroke in the country but do not have a volunteer ambassador presence.
StokeSafe Ambassador program provides public education about what stroke is, how to prevent stroke, how to recognise the early warning signs of stroke, and what to do if someone has a stroke. Ambassadors, including stroke survivors, carers, health professionals and members of the general public, are trained to conduct educational presentations to the community.

National Stroke Foundation has previously received $42,000 in funding for projects from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

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Vans for Volunteers

Region - Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers’ Mental Health Support Group helps people in the Lismore and Byron Bay communities by providing a volunteer van delivery service for goods and furniture for people living will ill mental health. 

Currently relying on a van from a local charity store and private vehicles from volunteers, the $60,000 Charitable Foundation grant will fund the purchase of a new van for the Group’s volunteers to deliver and collect furniture and household goods to support those living with mental illness. The new van will improve the Group’s ability to provide more flexible deliveries, accept more donated goods and improve their response to urgent requests.

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Region - All regions

This $123,000 grant will fund the design, engineering and construction of an outreach truck for Out(fit) to engage with, and improve the shared spaces within, disadvantaged communities. 

The truck will act as a ‘toolbox’ to work with communities to deliver exciting projects which improve social infrastructure in shared spaces including schoolyards, skate parks, playgrounds and neighbourhood centres in disadvantaged areas. 

It will also act as a mobile design space, teaching facility, exhibition space, meeting room, catering station, working bee headquarters or movie theatre, staffed by Out(fit)’s core team of volunteers and supported by volunteers to help communities reimagine and rethink their spaces to improve community pride and connection.

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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.