The Clontarf Foundation will continue its support for communities across Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast region thanks largely to a generous funding commitment from Greater Charitable Foundation.
A cheque for $100,000 will be presented to Clontarf Foundation on Thursday 31 August Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus.
The funding will continue to support the school-engagement program for at-risk, teenage indigenous male students in the region, as well other NSW centres, including Orange, Singleton, Taree and Dubbo.
This is a continuation of support from the Greater Charitable Foundation who donated $175,000 to the program in 2016.
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.
Russell Aitken, Clontarf Foundation’s Partnerships Manager NSW, said the program addresses issues relating to long-term disadvantage at the grass roots level, and in doing so, is bringing about sustainable change.
“The program, funded by Greater Charitable Foundation, provides significant positive effects for the whole community, as it encourages these young men who would otherwise not attend or have very low school attendance to complete school, participate in the work force, and improve their lifestyles, health and contribute to society” Mr Aitken explained.
“Over the course of the program, participants are counselled by full-time, locally-based Clontarf mentors who work in partnership with teachers, parents and the community to ensure each participant’s educational needs are being met.”
In making the presentation, Greater Bank’s Port Macquarie Branch Manager, Sue Buttsworth, said they were delighted to again be part of a program that is having such a positive impact on communities in the region.
“Beyond the funding by Greater Charitable Foundation, our branch staff will be providing hands on support throughout the year, volunteering for the program and also hosting branch tours for participants,” Ms Buttsworth said.
“We’ve had the fortune of seeing first-hand the positive impact this program is having on indigenous young people in the region and look forward to providing continued support over the next 12 months.”
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000, Clontarf has grown to cater for over 5,800 boys in 92 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.