Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation (Western Australia) - $5,625
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation own the Sail Training Ship Leeuwin II, purpose-built in WA to participate in The Ultimate Challenge Voyage - the Foundation’s longstanding sailing adventure for young people with an intellectual, sensory and/or physical disability such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, visual or hearing impairment, Diabetes Type 1, Down’s Syndrome and other physical and intellectual disabilities. Most of the participants come from Western Australia including many from regional and remote areas. The 24 young trainees are complemented by 16 trainee-carers who provide appropriate support and consists of siblings and volunteers with a mostly allied health background (physios, students). During the 5-day voyage from Fremantle, 24 young people aged 14-25 take part in all aspects of ship operations including setting sails, navigating, steering the ship, climbing the masts, cleaning and standing watch through the night. The grant of $5,625 will be used to fully fund the voyage for 2 participants.
The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (WAROONA AND DISTRICT FIRES APPEAL 2016 ) - $15,000
The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund was established in 1961 to provide relief of personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring within Western Australia. The Waroona and District Fires Appeal 2016 has been activated by the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund to raise and coordinate donations to support the victims of these recent fires, which claimed 2 lives and 160 homes.
The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA - $14,650
The mission of the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation (DSF) is to provide best-practice services and effective advocacy for those with learning and literacy challenges in order to support and enhance their achievement and contribution to society. An important aim of DSF is to improve the academic outcomes achieved by children from backgrounds of significant disadvantage. In the short-term, this means improving access to support services (including high quality teaching and intensive remedial support) for at-risk children. For this project, DSF will work with The Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation which was established to support children with dyslexia in memory of the three West Australian siblings who were among those tragically killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Foundation aims to increase access to the early identification of dyslexia and to develop effective, engaging resources to assist those children who find learning to read difficult.
Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club Sorrento - $3,500
SLSC was established in 1958, and their main priority is providing surf lifesaving and trauma first responder patrols along four kilometres of coast, ensuring the beach is a safe environment for the public. We also wish to build on the recent success we have had at the Australian Youth Championships, with our U15's team winning Silver (on a countback from Gold). Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R) is an event which simulates a rescue and the patient being resuscitated after near drowning, and funds will be used to purchase a new reel which is the equipment used in the event. Although we have multiple adult reels we do not have one specifically designed and built for youth, which are smaller and lighter. The reel will also be multipurpose and used also by our Junior Marchpast teams.
Edith Cowan University - $5,000
The Edith Cowan University aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their full academic potential. In keeping with the ethos of Edith Cowan, we feel an education is fundamental to tackling the social issues of the day and is the key to growth, change and improvement, and the aspiration of ECU is to guarantee all of our students achieve their full academic potential and graduate to become valued citizens for the benefit of WA and beyond.
The School Volunteer Program - $5,000
This project is an intergenerational program that harnesses the time, talent and passion of dedicated volunteer community members who are trained as mentors, and utilises hard court bowls as the vehicle for their mentoring relationship with socially, emotionally vulnerable, and at risk children engaged in education.