Children First Foundation

Rehab Through Play Project
Children First Foundation (CFF) is a Melbourne based not-for-profit charity founded in 1999. They facilitate life-changing – sometimes life-saving – surgery in Australia for children from developing countries. The children they support are unable to access the medical procedures, resources and care that they require as these complex and often multiple surgical procedures are not available in the children’s own countries.

CFF work in collaboration with extraordinary surgeons, medical doctors, health professionals and hospitals who often provide this first-class treatment and allied health therapy, on a pro bono basis and to date have supported over 350 children from more than 30 different countries.

Story Dogs

260 New Books for Story Dogs
The Story Dogs Mission is to make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers. No child should be left behind in literacy.

Formed in 2009 in northern NSW, Story Dogs has expanded to now be operating in six Australian states, partnering with 224 schools, with 374 volunteer Dog Teams helping over 1880 children every week.

Wongan Community Care Inc.

Therapy Fun – training for volunteers
Wongan Community Care (WCC) is a grassroots, not-for-profit, community organisation that began over 40 years ago and was originally established as a support organisation for people with disabilities or those who are living in disadvantaged circumstances in the central Wheat belt region of WA.

Motivation Australia

Building children’s wheelchair services in Fiji
Motivation Australia (MA) was founded in 2007 with the mission to enable people with disabilities to be healthy and mobile, access assistive technology (such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, vision and hearing aids), and achieve full and equal inclusion. They work primarily with local organisations in the Pacific Region.

Lolly Jar Circus Inc

UCF Scholarships for two people
Lolly Jar Circus (LJC) was founded in Adelaide 4 years ago to provide young people 3-25, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities or socially at risk, the opportunity to improve their physical, emotional and social fitness whilst having fun learning circus tricks.

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps (SCKC)

SCKC Knox  Camp (Victoria)
Southern Cross Kids’ Camps has 13 camps operating each year in three states of Australia – NSW, Victoria and SA.

Thirty children will attend the SCKC Knox camp mentor programme: around 15 boys and 15 girls. The next Knox camp will be held in January 2018 and the children will be aged 7 to 11 years old (primary school age). The majority of children live and attend school in the City of Knox area.

Grandparents For Grandchildren SA Inc

Grandcarers Education Supplement Fund
Grandparents For Grandchildren SA Inc. (GFGSA) is a support and advocacy service for grandparents that have taken on the role of primary carer to their grandchildren. It has been providing these services for 14 years.

GFGSA listens to grandparents and their concerns regarding their grandchildren and helps them to discover solutions to those issues. It also helps grandparent carers navigate the courts, government agencies and other service providers who can assist and support them as well as providing assistance with referral services for grandparents e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers.

Dress for Success Adelaide

Skills to Succeed Academy
Dress For Success Adelaide were the recipient of a $2000 grant in 2015 when they first opened their doors to clients. That grant was instrumental in providing job seekers with sales and POS skills which has ultimately assisted them into various field of employment.

Dress For Success Adelaide have been a resounding force for good by any measure  and they report-
In 2016/2017 Dress for Success Adelaide served 359 women taking the total of women served by our affiliate to 586. Of the 586 women equipped with employable skills 265 were successful in gaining employment – a result of 45%. We conducted 810 Career Support Program appointments, provided 2,754 pieces of clothing and accessories to the value of $34,770 to 526 clients (NB: not all clients need to access clothing for interview or employment suiting).

Breakaway Youth

Project: Beach Day
Breakaway Youth founder Merv Landy worked as a prison officer for 7 years and during this time he had many conversations with inmates, asking them about what might have stopped them from ending up in prison. The most common answers he received were: “had someone really loved me,” and, “had someone taken me out of the environment I was in, like going camping.”