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2016/17 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Northern Rivers region with funding totaling more than $200,000

Charitable Foundation provided a $97,000 grant to introduce the program in seven public schools throughout regional NSW

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Next funding round closes 16 October 2017.

Recent Northern Rivers Beneficiaries

Each year the Foundation provides over $1.6 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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Young Bloods Program

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

The Leukaemia Foundation has developed the ‘Young Bloods’ program aimed at providing professional support to address issues faced and enable young people to develop the resilience to stay, or get back, on track to enjoy life as they are meant to. Young Bloods is designed to meet the physical, psychological and educational impact of blood cancer on children and young adults who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or who have close family members who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer. Young Bloods provides support in the form of financial grants paid to families for physical, psychosocial and educational support that is considered appropriate by their personal medical specialists. 

The Foundation will provide $65,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation to launch the Young Bloods program in the Foundations operating area in regional NSW including directly supporting up to 70 young people with, or recovering from, a serious cancer diagnosis.

Wigs for Kids

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

Variety – the Children’s Charity, among its many amazing programs for sick and disadvantaged children, provides wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to Alopecia or another medical condition such as cancer. Losing your hair can have profound psychological effects, particularly through childhood and adolescence. One specialised can wig cost up to $5,000 and lasts two to three years so the cost is prohibitive for many families.  

The Foundation’s grant of $74,800 will help Variety launch the Wigs 4 Kids in regional NSW to provide wigs to children whose families are unable to afford the service themselves.

Special School Playground Area Upgrade

Region - Northern Rivers

Biala Support Services provides education, respite, therapy and support services to both children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in the Ballina area, including through Biala Special School. 

A small independent school for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Biala’s secure grounds contain three classrooms, a Sensory Room, purpose-built library, indoor heated hydrotherapy pool and outdoor play area. Under the fickle Northern Rivers weather the surface of the play area has degraded, so the Foundation will provide $30,000 to install a new synthetic grass surface to provide a durable safe outdoor surface area for the School’s students to safely make the most of the facility. 

Last year the Foundation was proud to fund a refurbishment of Biala’s Melaleuca House respite home in Ballina East, which provides invaluable respite for families of people with disabilities.

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TSC Connect online platform

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

Established in 1970, The Shepherd Centre (TSC) was the first early intervention agency in Australia to teach Auditory-Oral Therapy to hearing impaired children. Since establishment, TSC has assisted nearly 2000 children who are deaf or hearing impaired to improve their quality of life.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $106,700 grant to help build an online interactive portal for families in regional areas. The program will be deliverable on any internet connected device (computer, tablet, phone) and is designed to deliver virtual therapy solutions in a customised manner for each child and family, supporting and upskilling the parents so they can support their children in the most efficient way possible.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit shepherdcentre.org.au

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Autoimmune Community Education Project

Region - Hunter

Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC) was founded in 1989 to provide a range of services including education and support to people living with lupus, scleroderma, Raynaud’s and Sjögrens syndrome.

ARRC have received a $48,700 grant to continue delivery of the Autoimmune Community Education Project (ACEP) in regional NSW. The program will deliver 13 community workshops that draw awareness to the common but misunderstood auto immune diseases, including lupus, scleroderma, Sjögrens and Raynaud’s syndrome and also introduce symptom self-management for people living with chronic autoimmune disease in the community.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit autoimmune.org.au

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Juvenile Arthritis Support Website

Arthritis NSW provides daily support and health information to those currently struggling with arthritis, osteoporosis and the additional 120+ musculoskeletal conditions that affect 1 in 5 Australians.

There are currently more than 6000 children in NSW alone struggling with juvenile arthritis, a painful condition requiring specialist treatment. Timely treatment and information is critical in the treatment of this disease as damage is often not reversible.

A $35,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation was provided to Arthritis NSW to develop a website to help parents and clinicians understand symptoms, treatments and medications. The website will assist in providing timely information to families in regional areas, helping to alleviate the stress and anxiety faced by many families who have limited or no access to specialist services. 

‘Breathe Better’ - Nebuliser Replacement and Exercise Self-Management Program

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-limiting, genetic condition which primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system. Living with Cystic Fibrosis impacts every realm of human functioning from the physical to emotional, social, and economic. Cystic Fibrosis NSW provides services and practical assistance to families that reduce the burden of living with this inherited disease.

A $96,500 grant from the Charitable Foundation will help to reduce the financial burden of this disease through a Regional Nebuliser Replacement Program. Families will now have access to expensive nebulisers and nebuliser consumables that will clinically deliver optimum levels of medication in an efficient manner for each individual.

In addition, the grant will further assist 20 adults and 20 adolescents from the Hunter and Central Coast regions through an Exercise Self-Management Program that will provide sufferers with the skills, opportunity and motivation to participate in regular activity, which is critical in managing their disease

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Adaptive Technology Project for people who are blind or have low vision

Vision Australia is the leading provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. Specialist staff provide services that meet each individual client’s needs and challenges over the course of a lifetime from early infancy to the very elderly.

A $20,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation will enable the organisation to upgrade adaptive technology in their Newcastle, Gosford, Lismore and Coffs Harbour Centres.  The new technology will facilitate the training of Vision Australia’s clients on the latest Windows operating systems and include larger screens for clients with low vision. The project will enable the organisation to continue to provide a range of programs and services to the community including text to speech programs and magnification software for those with some degree of vision.

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Vehicle for Able Gardens

Region - Northern Rivers

Home Assistance and Regional Transport Services Inc. (HART Services) provides a range of responsive solutions that ‘make a difference’ by empowering people and connecting community. Their personalised services support people to meet the challenges of ageing, disability, transport disadvantage and social isolation.

Gardens, lawns and minor home maintenance can become neglected if a person is unable to undertake these duties. The most vulnerable people, those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, disabilities or episodic mental health illness can find things ‘getting-away’. Neglect can have serious repercussions, particularly in rented accommodation. Also an unsafe environment can ensue, as can social stigma and feelings of hopelessness.

HART established the Able Gardens program to address disadvantage by providing an affordable, volunteer driven, sustainable garden and maintenance service that encourages client involvement. Participation may vary from actual physical participation (planting, sweeping etc.) to simply an accompanied trip to the nursery to select plants.

The Charitable Foundation has provided a $35,000 grant to enable the organisation to purchase a vehicle to ensure HART are able to expand the delivery of this service within the community.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit hartservices.org.au

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NeuroMoves Lismore

Region - Northern Rivers

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is a member-based community organisation that promotes independence and provides services to people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or other physical disabilities, their families and carer.

For people with a disability, attending a mainstream exercise facility is difficult due to inaccessibility of the venue, lack of modified equipment and assistive devices, inadequate space for wheelchairs or the absence of appropriate support from qualified staff. The Charitable Foundation has provided an $88,000 grant to assist SCIA to establish NeuroMoves Lismore, a community based exercise therapy and fitness service for people with spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions or physical disabilities.

This is the first facility of its type in regional Australia and will help to improve the lives of people with a disability.

For more information on the important work of this community organisation please visit scia.org.au