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Author: Greater Building Society

$800,000 to improve the lives of people in NSW and Gold Coast

Six charities and the people they help will benefit from more than $800,000 in new funding announced today by the Greater Charitable Foundation.

CEO Anne Long said the Foundation was funding a mix of new partners and projects as well as continuing funding for three existing partners’ projects that improve the lives of families in regional NSW and the Gold Coast.

Raise Foundation will receive $44,000 to deliver its Bump mentoring program for young pregnant women on the Central Coast and Northern Rivers regions. The Sir David Martin Foundation will use $113,000 to deliver its Creative Arts and Vocational Education (CAVE) Program at its Triple Care Farm drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the NSW Southern Highlands. Camp Quality has $128,000 for its Child Life Therapy Program at Newcastle’s John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Current charity partner Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) will use an additional $320,000 to operate its Early Intervention Readiness  Program  for families of children newly diagnosed on the autism spectrum in Port Macquarie for the first time as well expand the program in the Hunter. The Foundation funded the pilot of the program in the Hunter. Cerebral Palsy Alliance has received another $98,500 to deliver its mentoring programs for teenagers and young adults with cerebral palsy in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.  Starlight Children’s Foundation will use an extra $110,000 to introduce regular visits by Captain Starlight to Taree Hospital for the first time as well as continue the diversional therapy program visits in eight other hospitals in the Hunter, North Coast, New England Central Coast and Gold Coast.  This takes the total funding from the Foundation to Starlight to almost $700,000 over four years.

2015 funding recipients Existing funding recipients
Raise Foundation - $44,560 - 1 year HMRI - $330,000 - 3 years
Sir David Martin Foundation - $113,992 - 18 months Youth Off The Streets - $287,375 - 2 years
Camp Quality - $128,000 - 2 years YMCA NSW - $245,300 - 2 years
Aspect - $320,000 - 2 years  
Cerebral Palsy Alliance - $98,500 - 18 months  
Starlight Children's Foundation - $110,000 - 1 year  
TOTAL - $815,052  

Ms Long said this funding follows on from a special additional funding allocation of $155,000 in January this year to three current partners - Aspect, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Cerebral Palsy Alliance – to continue providing their unique services to regional communities.

Three other current charity partners are continuing to benefit from current Foundation funding.  Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is utilising $330,000 on a world-leading clinical trial for treating stroke patients. Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets is using $287,000 in funding to run 12 early intervention programs for at risk youth in the Hunter Valley.  YWCA NSW Community in the Kitchen has received $245,000 to run its program for at-risk young people in the Northern Rivers.

Ms Long said that an important part of the Foundation’s support for its partners and the community, is co-ordinating opportunities for Greater Building Society staff to volunteer with those partners.

“The Greater Charitable Foundation provides significant amounts of funding to its charity partners over an extended period of time to help develop, trial and establish innovative projects that provide long term benefits to the community,” Ms Long said.

The Greater Charitable Foundation was established in 2011 and is funded from the profits of the Greater Building Society.  The Foundation has committed almost $5 million to 14 charitable organisations since inception.

Click here to learn more about the Greater Charitable Foundation and it's partners.