Total Amount Given Overall to Date: $2,450,928.50
2009 Beneficiaries $791,933.00
Alannah & Madeline Foundation: $29,160.00
The AMF works towards keeping children safe from violence and believes every child should have a safe and happy childhood. They care for children who are victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse through the delivery of programs which aim to prevent this violence right up until the age of 18 years.
Our funding will help AMF to run their ‘Better Buddies’ program, which involves older children partnering up with younger children and helping them to learn values such as caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility, through formal and informal activities.
Assistance Dogs Australia Limited: $20,000.00
Assistance Dogs Australia train Labradors and Retrievers to help enhance the quality of life and improve the level of independence for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Our funding will enable them to purchase puppies to train and match up with a child with a disability.
Australian Childhood Foundation: $48,000.00
The ACF works to give children a happy and safe childhood- a childhood free from the devastation of abuse, family violence and neglect.
Our funding will enable the ACF to implement specialist counselling programs to 6 children. The programs will benefit each child in many different ways including; increased ability to calm down, happier, improvement in general memory functioning, increase in capacity to trust adults, stability in care arrangements and improvement in academic performance.
Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre: $11,947.00
Blackwood Special School are committed to delivering quality adventure based education programs exclusively to students with special needs, challenging students beyond their comfort zones within an unfamiliar environment, while working with a familiar group.
Our funding will help to purchase equipment, computers, furniture to impact the children in the following positive ways; develop team work, learn new skills, improve communication, challenge themselves, improve hand/eye coordination, improve fitness experience new environments, use imagination, further develop friendship, experience play, develop and improve initiative skills and experience fun.
Brainwave is an enabling organisation with two main interlocking aims:
1. Helping children to cope with brain disorders
2. Acquired brain injury and providing support and assistance to the families of those afflicted.
Our funding will enable Brainwave to complete and renew their ‘Comfort Packs’ to give to children upon hospital admission for brain and other neurological disorders. The packs will include items regarded as important, useful or fun.
Breakaway work to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities and high medical needs, at the same time allowing relief for the families and carers.
Our funding will help provide a weekend camp to 12 families with seriously ill children, who due to the physical and financial burden placed upon them, are unable to have a family break together.
Camp Quality: $20,730.00
Camp Quality’s mission is to bring hope and happiness to every child living with cancer, their families and communities through quality recreational, educational, hospital and financial support programs.
Our funding will enable Camp Quality to organise a 3 day junior camp for approximately 40 children living with cancer. The children will be able to participate in a range of activities including visits to local attractions.
Central Coast Kids in Need Inc: $20,000.00
Central Coast Kids in Need’s mission is to keep families close together in times of need.
Our funding will assist approximately 16 Central Coast families who are in financial distress. Financial assistance allows parents to be with their children whilst minimising financial stress. Keeping the family together is an essential component of a child’s recovery.
Cerebral Palsy League QLD: $9,275.00
Cerebral Palsy League QLD support and empower people with cerebral palsy and related disabilities to lead valued lives as equal members of society within their families and communities.
The Labrador Holiday units were one of the first holiday units to provide accommodation facilities to cater specifically for the needs of people with disabilities and their families.
Our funding will enable Cerebral Palsy League QLD to purchase and install a hydraulic hoist to the swimming pool at the Labrador Holiday Units, so families who have a member with a physical disability can enjoy swimming. The pool is also open to the community and used by many families throughout QLD and NSW.
Children’s Charity Network: $20,000.00
The Children’s Charity Network are committed to providing emergency and long term aid to children at risk on behalf of caring Australians. They also work in cooperation with schools to early intervention programs.
Our funding will enable the Children’s Charity Network to implement the ‘Books for Kids’ program, which aims at providing new books to at-risk children through collaborations with schools and social services agencies.
Concern Australia: $22,500.00
Concern Australia is aimed at giving young people a hand breaking their predicament and turning their lives around.
Our funding will help provide a structured 8 week training program to 5 disadvantaged young people who are early school leavers, who need to get their lives back on track.
Dingley Village Community Advice Bureau Inc: $10,000.00
The Dingley Village Community Advice Bureau’s mission is to provide direct services to individuals and families to meet their immediate needs, which will empower and facilitate their independence and to act as a catalyst for self-managing community services to meet specific needs which are identified.
Our funding will purchase breakfast food items for 100 families, as studies have found that poor nutrition results in shortened attention span, irritability, fatigue and difficulty in concentration.
FRANS (Family Resource & Network Support): $5,000.00
FRANS work to enhance the lives of children and teenagers living with intellectual disabilities in the Inner West of Sydney.
Our funding will enable FRANS to establish a youth fitness club for disadvantaged youth. This program aims to intervene in the development of many preventable health problems associated with disability. The program will also provide accessible fitness opportunities as well as facilitate youth integration to other sports.
Heartwell Foundation: $50,000.00
The Heartwell Foundation’s mission is that every Australian child, regardless of age, ability, or social standing, can access programs that will unlock their physical potential, fully enriching them and so challenge them to climb mountains they never dreamed of climbing.
Our funding will enable up to 20 children with serious illness, injury or disability to benefit from a 3 x weekly intensive rehabilitation and movement education program.
The Humour Foundation: $54,600.00
The Humour Foundation’s mission is to promote and deliver the health benefits of humour.
Our funding will enable 2 clown doctors to work together in hospital 1 day per week for 1 whole year. The clown doctors divert children’s attention during painful procedures, calm distressed children in emergency and encourage physiotherapy.
Kate Buntine Children’s Trust: $28,000.00
The mission of Kate Buntine Children’s Trust is to work to improve the health of local children directly by utilization of state of the art equipment and to reduce the impact of disease on local children.
Our funding will purchase 4 ‘smart’ insulin pumps to distribute to children with Type 1 diabetes who are uninsured and otherwise cannot afford this device. The ‘smart’ insulin pumps provide excellent results in terms of diabetic control, quality of life and reduction in longer term side effects of diabetes.
Kids Camp Inc: $12,000.00
Kids Camp Inc provides fun and affordable camps for children with an intellectual disability and quality respite for their families/carers.
Our funding will provide 2 camps in 2009 for high support (requiring 1:1 assistance) children during the January and June school holidays.
Kildonan Uniting Care: $5,000.00
Kildonan’s vision is of thriving and inclusive communities based on respect, justice and compassion for all people.
Our funding will help provide poor and disadvantaged children with access to extracurricular activities, that most of us take for granted. Activities such as dance, football, cricket, school camps, movies, scouts and much more.
Learning Links: $9,591.00.00
Learning Links was formed to help children who have learning disabilities, difficulties and developmental delays and their families. Learning Links helps children to be the best they can be.
Our funding will enable Learning Links to assist 3 children to improve social skills, speech and communications skills and any other difficulties specific to the child. This also helps to reduce the financial burden for families of these children by giving them access to programs they normally would not be able to afford.
Lighthouse Foundation: $41,000.00
The Lighthouse Foundation’s vision is that every child will live in a family environment, within a community that fosters trust and love, and supports young people to grow and develop physically. Their mission is to reduce youth homelessness. The Lighthouse Foundation has 8 houses which house between 4 to 6 young people and 2 live-in carers.
Our funding will enable the Lighthouse Foundation to establish a maintenance program around the homes for the next 2 years.
Little Souls Taking Big Steps: $20,000.00
The mission for Little Souls Taking Big Steps is to provide early intervention therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis to enable children with a diagnosis within a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder to reach their full potential.
Our funding will be used to support the education of one child with autism over a 2 year period.
Make-A-Wish Foundation: $20,000.00
Make-A-Wish Foundation work to bring magic and joy to children with a life-threatening illness by granting their most cherished wishes. Wishes allow children to forget their illness, even for a day as well as bringing pure joy to both the child and family. There is a growing incidence of wish requests from indigenous children suffering life threatening illnesses.
Our funding will help grant the wishes of 5 indigenous children in 2009.
*Marrickville PCYC: $15,000.00 *
Marrickville PCYC’s mission is to prevent youth crime. They aim to break down the barriers that exist between police and disadvantaged youth by getting kids ‘active’ in life and through establishing programs where they can participate.
Our funding will enable Marrickville PCYC to put in place camping trips, rock climbing activities, fishing, golfing, boxing and wrestling activities for disadvantaged youth in Marrickville. The funding will also be partially utilized to procure 10 computers and 1 printer, comfortable chairs and several tables thus establishing a “youth drop in zone” where youth attend, complete their homework and learn new computering skills. The room will offer youth an alternative to wandering the streets on the weekend and weeknights and getting in trouble with police.
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy: $9,110.00
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy’s mission is to enrich the lives of those in need via creative music therapy. They use creative music therapy as a tool in special schools to meet the needs of children with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Our funding will provide a music therapist and equipment to 2 schools in areas of lower economic wealth, as the current resources for these schools are very limited. There are a number of positive changes in children who have music therapy including growing respect and tolerance between each other, observable differences in the quality of listening, greater participation and many more.
Northern Area Community & Youth Services (NACYS): $2,303.00
NACY’s are committed to relevant, reviewable and responsive programmes, activities and services to the identified needs of our community.
Our funding will be used to purchase play equipment for children with developmental delay. Children with developmental delays or who do not experience positive play in their home need access to a range of activity based outside equipment that will assist the development of fine and gross motor control.
Operation Stitches: $11,495.00
Operation Stitches teach young people to say ‘No’ to drugs, violence and crime. They are also proactive in preventing the young becoming drug pushers, gang members and criminals.
Our funding will assist Operation Stitches to reduce violence through the provision of a safe and positive meeting place for young people. This will encourage leadership by engaging children to organise activities and foster acceptance for one another.
Queen Elizabeth Centre: $35,000.00
The Queen Elizabeth Centre’s mission is to help young children and families get the best start.
Our funding will enable them to install playground equipment outside the Walter Jona Wing, which is a new multi-purpose area of the centre that was erected in 2007. The playground will be used by the children to use the centre.
Riding for the Disabled Association- Illawarra (RDA): $6,000.00
RDA Illawarra Centre is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with a disability to develop and enhance abilities.
Our funding will cover the farrier costs for 10 horses, as well and insurance for 10 children. The horse riding program provides a sport that the children can fully participate in and services approximately 40 people with disabilities each week during school terms. There are many physical and emotional benefits of this program and working with animals in particular, has been proven to be good therapy.
Righteous Pups Australia: $25,200.00
Righteous Pups Australia’s mission is to train dogs for assistance and therapy roles which empower children with disabilities to live with greater independence and quality of life.
Our funding will assist in the training of 1 assistance dog, to be placed in the house of 4 year old twin boys with autism. The dogs provide companionship to children with ADS who struggle with interpersonal communications. They are trained to track the child who has wandered off, alert the carer to the missing child, develop empathy and relational intimacy, reduce anxiety and stress allowing the child to advance in socialisation.
Scope Victoria: $6,000.00
Scope Victoria support people with disabilities to achieve their potential in welcoming and inclusive communities. Scope Victoria has an equipment fund, where families can apply for support, as many families are unable to afford the aids and equipment recommended by therapists. Children presented will typically have cerebral palsy.
Our funding has enabled Scope to continue with this fund, as it was near exhaustion, which would mean families would have had to go on a waitlist.
Taralye’s mission, in partnership with other providers and the community, is to improve the educational and social outcomes of children with a hearing impairment by providing and promoting innovative services, research, education and advocacy.
Our funding will provide clinical counseling for 25 hearing impaired children aged 0-6 years, over a one year period. They will be taught to speak and prepared for the transition into school.
Technical Aid to the Disabled: $3,500.00
Technical Aid to the Disabled’s mission is to provide personalised equipment and advice to people with disabilities and their carers, through the innovative services or skilled volunteers and staff.
Our funding will provide 7 reconditioned and modified computers to 7 children, enabling them to access the internet and have involvement with the community. The computers will help these children with study, the completion of school assignments and to keep up with other children in their class. Children with disabilities can feel isolated when removed from the community.
Variety & TSWF Bushfire Relief Fund: $100,000.00
TSWF teamed up with Variety the Children’s Charity to donate money to children who have been affected by the devastating Victorian bushfires. The funds raised will help provide essential equipment and services to schools, organisations and individuals. TSWF kicked off the fund with a $100,000 donation.
Western Chances: $25,000.00
Western Chances’ mission is for Melbourne’s west working together as a proud, vibrant and successful community.
Our funding will provide scholarships to financially disadvantaged young people over the long term, providing opportunities for talented people in Melbourne’s Western suburbs who otherwise may not have the opportunity to reach their full potential or develop and achieve their personal goals.
Windermere CFTS: $20,740.00
Windermere Child and Family Services aims to improve wellbeing in children, families and communities by helping to realise their potential, building resilience and connecting people to the community.
Our funding will help to improve the resources for children attending the Windermere Biala. This will help to provide the best level of service possible so that the children can reach their full potential. The centre currently works with 132 children and their families who have additional needs in 2 or more development areas. The centre provides support, programs and resources in the home, childcare centre and kindergartens.
2009 NCF BENEFICIARIES: $7,000.00
Jayden Sparks $7,000
Jayden, who was born 12 weeks premature, is a severely disabled (cerebral palsy), delightful 12 year old. As a baby he suffered fungal meningitis and then was diagnosed with severe brain damage. Jayden and his mother have been on their own since he was 2. Jayden is completely dependent on his mother, confined to a wheelchair and is visually impaired.
Request: Jayden’s mother Lesley has breast cancer (undergone chemotherapy) and had to have an aortic bypass resulting in her heart only functioning at 40% capacity. Lesley requires respite for Jayden.
Outcome: TSWF funded Jayden $7,000 towards the costs of respite.
2008 BENEFICIARIES: $723,967.00
Australian Children’s Music Foundation: $54,780.00
The Australian Children’s Music Foundation believes in using the power of music to inspire and enrich the lives of all Australian children and youth, particularly the disadvantaged and indigenous. Through music, children can find a way to express their emotions and channel their energy and abilities into something positive and creative.
We are funding 2 programs- One which will enable 2 qualified music teachers to spend 3 hours, 1 day per week with students and the second program which will provide tuition and instruments to children in Cape York and the Northern Territory.
*Autism Awareness: $60,000.00 *
Autism Awareness has been established to develop public awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and build a base to lobby Government for an increase in funding and access to autism -specific services. These include scientifically proven treatments for early intervention and education, services to adolescents and adults with autism, and funding of research.
Batting for Battens Foundation: $15,000.00
Batting for Battens Foundation are a Queensland-based foundation whose primary aim is to raise awareness and funds to help families affected by Batten disease.
Our funding enabled a family who have 2 children living with Battens disease (one of which who is already blind), to have their bathroom fully renovated because it had been badly damaged by white ants leaving major structural damage. The shower in the bathroom no longer functioned and the family therefore only had a bath in which to operate from. Their bathroom renovation has helped enormously to alleviate the stresses involved with bathing their 2 children.
Camp Breakaway is a non-profit, charitable organisation committed to enhancing the lives of all people with disabilities, at the same time allowing relief for the families and carers. Our funding is going to be used to fund a weekend away for babies and children with high medical needs and rare disorders, some of whom are terminally ill and also for financially disadvantaged families.
Bridgewater Police & Community Youth Club: $4,500.00
The Bridgewater Police and Community Youth Club help provide sport and recreation, social services and support to the ‘At Risk’ children, youth and adults of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and surrounding areas as a means of promoting positive change for individuals, families and the community in general.
Our funding will enable the Bridgewater Police to put holiday programs in place for ‘At Risk’ children aged 5-12, as well as the provision of free places for ‘At Risk’ children referred to the programs by various agencies.
Children First Foundation: $50,000.00**
The Children First Foundation seeks to help those primarily under fifteen years of age that have operable conditions but are ineligible for assistance from larger aid organisation’s due to their country of origin, remoteness or the severity of their illness.
Our funding will assist in bringing ten children to Australia from Developing countries for surgery and rehabilitation as well as providing them with all necessities and services.
Country Hope Trust: $45,000.00
Country Hope Trust provides family centered support programs to country children diagnosed with cancer and similar illnesses. Country Hope is dedicated to developing support programs and services, in response to the needs of country families, advice from medical practitioners and other professionals.
Our funding will help develop support programs and services to reduce the stresses that surround a family with a child diagnosed with cancer, by extending a caring hand of assistance.
The Heartwell Foundation: $40,000.00
The Heartwell Foundation works with hundreds of children helping to improve their health & fitness, motor skills, body image and confidence. This is a sensational physical training program for children with terrible cancers, tumors, victims of accidents and it allows them to; take a step, throw a ball, swim a stroke, learn to hop – every physical activity or action that we all take for granted.
Our funding will sponsor 8 children for 2008 to participate in the programs.
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund: $10,000.00
The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund works to improve the quality of life through the development of community philanthropy in Melbourne. Rather than just simply rescuing people from their problems, they aim to empower people with the support, skills and self-confidence to embrace life and take their place in the community.
Our funding will enable the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund to put in place a ‘Give it a go’ program, which will provide primary school aged children from the greater Melbourne areas, the opportunity to become physically active, health conscience and socially included in the community. The project will specifically target children who are, through their family circumstances, struggling and at a disadvantage to other children their age and give these children an opportunity to experience ‘normal’ relationships with adults and other children.
St Vincent De Paul Society- Murphy Family Appeal: $20,000.00
Late last year on 22 December 2007, there was a terrible fire at the Murphy family’s home in Sunbury that tragically claimed the lives of 2 young boys; Connor 5 and Logan 2. Not only did the Murphy family loose 2 beautiful children, they also lost their possessions in the fire. Our funding went towards helping the Murphy family rebuild their lives.
Northern School for Autism: $84,000.00
The Northern School for Autism is a state government specialist school addressing the educational needs of primary aged students with autism. It serves the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.
Our funding has enabled the school to purchase 2 buses, 1 for each campus so that the students can access community programs and events.
Parent Project Australia: $40,840.00
Parent Project Australia work together to improve the lives of Australian persons and families affected by dystrophinopathies – Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Becker muscular dystrophy. Parent Project Australia draws on national and international collaboration, to improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for persons affected by Duchenne and the milder form, Becker; through research, education and advocacy.
Our funding will supply 5 district cough assist machines to prevent or cure pneumonia, thus lengthening the lives of our youths in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Riding Develops Abilities: $10,000.00
Riding Develops Abilities is a voluntary community service catering for disabled children by providing a high quality therapeutic riding (horses) instruction with emphasis on fun and passive learning.
Our funding will be put towards the cost of fodder, repairs & maintenance to equipment and centre facilities, as well as taking care of vet fees for 12 horses.
Red Dust Role Models: $22,000.00
Red Dust Role Models strives to improve the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged children, by using their positive role models to deliver health messages and inspire healthy lifestyle decisions among remote, indigenous youth.
Our funding will enable Red Dust to complete the superstructure roof of a basketball court in Areyonga.
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) work to provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery.
Our funding will help bring children to Australia to have these operations.
Sunbury Community Health Centre Inc: $8,628.00
The Sunbury Community Health Centre is the only public health agency in the area and therefore holds a position of respect, responsibility and accountability in delivering Department of Human Services programs.
Our funding will be put towards their ‘KickOn’ swimming program, which will help cater for the needs of children with autism and other intellectual and sensory disabilities and enabling children with autism to experience the therapeutic, social and physical benefits of swimming and water activities.
Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care- Tandana House: $50,640.00
Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care (WEAC) aims to prevent total family breakdown by providing an opportunity for ‘time-out’ accommodation, together with preventative or additional services such as meditation, family therapy and specialist counseling.
Our funding will go towards providing 3 youths the opportunity to participate in a 16 week program at the Tandana place for youth specific drug and alcohol rehabilitation house.
The Humour Foundation: $60,060.00
The Humour Foundation’s core project is Clown Doctors, touching the lives of over 85,000 people every year. The focus is Children’s Hospitals and Clown Doctors are now part of hospital life in all major children’s hospitals around Australia.
Our funding will enable Clown Doctors to keep their programs running at no cost to the hospitals and at the same time, bringing smiles to the children’s faces who so desperately need it.
Western Chances: $25,000.00
Western Chances assists young people in the western suburbs to realise their potential through the provision of scholarships and other related programs.
Our funding will help increase the amount of scholarships given to young people.
Cyrenian House: $15,000.00
Cyrenian House is one of the leading alcohol and/or other drug treatment services in Western Australia and with our funding; Cyrenian House will be able to better ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of children, by providing core models of service to families, in order to prevent children from having to be removed from their mother’s care. The primary aim is ‘family prevention’ – prevention for children at high risk or immediate risk of placement in out of home care.
2008 NCF BENEFICIARIES: $49,500.00
Georgia Duncan: $25,000.00
Georgia has a metabolic disorder, Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency- mental retardation, fed through a gastrostomy, limited in her movement & wheel-chair bound.
Request: Georgia’s parents requested a car to transport Georgia in as she is in a wheelchair and they need a specific type of car.
Outcome: TSWF purchased Georgia & her family a car.
Sean Falkingham: $1,000.00
Sean is a 16 yr old boy whose mother cannot afford to purchase shoes and sporting wear for him. She is financially strained and still wants him to be able to participate in sports and interact with his friends. He has trouble finding shoes that fit him as he is very tall.
Request: $1,000 worth of new shoes and clothes
Outcome: TSWF funded $1,000 worth of clothing and shoes for Sean.
Kristina Vukanovic: $8,000.00
Kristina is a 4 yr old girl who has Tuberous Sclerosis, epilepsy & global developmental delay.
Kristina needs assistance for all of her personal care activities of bathing & toileting, the family bathroom is too small & not adequate for her needs.
Request: The family is requesting a new bathroom renovation that is suitable for Kristina’s needs.
Outcome: TSWF funded a full bathroom renovation for this family.
Noah Price: $2,500.00
Noah Price is an 8 month old boy who has Alagille Syndrome, which affects the liver, heart, bones, growth, eyes and vascular system.
Request: The family request $2,500 to help them to pay for accommodation in San Francisco, which is where they are going to attend an Alagille Syndrome Symposium which is held only once every three years. Here Noah is able to see one of the world’s few doctors who specialise in Alagille. The doctor is very familiar with all aspects of the disease and knows exactly what the best treatments available are.
Outcome: TSWF paid for 5 night’s accommodation in San Francisco for Noah & his family.
Lynton Whelan: $13,000.00
The Whelan family has 3 young children who each have disabilities, as well as Lisa their mother. Lisa walks with elbow crutches inside and is wheel chair bound when she is outside. Dylan who is 9 has an intellectual disability, Lynton who is 6 has autism, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD and significant language disorders and Deegan who is 3 suffers severe Epilepsy.
Request: The Whelan family requested money for a new car which can fit a wheel-chair in the back and one that was reliable didn’t break down, so the children could attend all of their doctors appointments etc.
Outcome: TSWF purchased the family a new car.
2007 BENEFICIARES: $260,028.50
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation: $30,000.00
This charity works towards keeping children safe from violence and believes every child should have a safe and happy childhood. They care for children who are victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse through the delivery of programs which aim to prevent this violence right up until the age of 18 years. Our funding will be extremely valuable to many Australian children not only in assisting them with their initial trauma but the ongoing services and activities to help them in their long term recovery.
Variety- The Children’s Charity: $180,000.00
TSWF assisted in purchasing 12 specially fitted buses (Sunshine Coaches) Australia wide for Variety – the Children’s Charity. They call them Sunshine Coaches because they literally bring sunshine into the lives of disadvantaged, disabled and/or sick children who otherwise might be confined to their homes or schools.
Red Dust Role Models: $22,000.00
Red Dust strives to improve the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged children. Our funding constructed a multi-purpose sport surface in the remote community of Walungurra in the Northern Territory. The surface hosts basketball, volleyball, netball, indoor soccer and indoor cricket games. For the kids out there, sport is everything. This is very inspiring stuff.
The Heartwell Foundation: $20,000.00
This Foundation works with hundreds of children helping to improve their health & fitness, motor skills, body image and confidence. This is a sensational physical training program for children with terrible cancers, tumors, victims of accidents and it allows them to; take a step, throw a ball, swim a stroke, learn to hop – every physical activity or action that we all take for granted. Our funding will go directly to supporting 5 children for the 2007 year.
*2007 NCF BENEFICIARES: *
Shayanne Schoenmakers: $8,028.50
Shayanne is a four and a half year old twin girl, who is one of three children of Cassandra and Terry. Shayanne was born at 24 weeks and was hospitalised for four months following her birth with multiple medical concerns including a cerebral hemorrhage, hydrocephalus, impaired vision due to a detached retina, pulmonary hemorrhage and seizure activity.
Shayanne has Severe Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and a tongue thrust, together with visual difficulties and a profound hearing loss. Shayanne is significantly developmentally delayed.
Shayanne is at risk of spinal deformities if she isn’t positioned properly while sleeping. Shayanne’s parents perform physio exercises on her numerous times per day in order to get Shayanne more mobile. This also helps prevent postural deformities which if not corrected will prevent her from weight bearing and possibilities of ever being able to walk in her walker.
TSWF purchased a Volka Hi-Lo bed which is perfect for Shayanne and will last her a life time. This bed is an important piece of equipment for Shayanne and it will assist her in gaining some independence as she has little active functional movement and we hope greater autonomy is achieved through the use of the Hi-Lo bed. Not only that the uses of this bed are varied as it will serve as a change table and physio table.
2006 BENEFICIARES: $150,000.00
Powercor- The Children’s Helicopter: $100,000.00
Powercor Children’s Helicopter is a life saving air ambulance service that transports seriously ill infants and mother’s from regional centers to the Royal Children’s hospital. The service was in a grim financial state when it contacted TSWF for help, with a kick start of $100,000 donation from TSWF, and now through other foundations coming on board including the Victorian Government, Powercor can run this wonderful service without fear of being grounded. Since May 2006, TSWF has directly help save over 70 children’s lives.
Sydney Children’s Hospital- Randwick: $50,000.00
On 17 January 2006, TSWF Chairman, Shane Warne joined former Wallaby great and Humpty Dumpty patron, Phil Kearns, donating jointly to the trauma fellowship at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
Named ‘The Shane Warne Foundation/Humpty Trauma Fellowship’, the funds enabled a specialised pediatric doctor to undertake training and research into pediatric trauma, which is the single largest cause of death in the 1 to 15 year age group in Australia. The recipient of the fellowship works with Trauma Services developing new strategies to improve the treatment of severely injured children at Sydney Children’s Hospital from NSW and beyond.
The Sydney Children’s Hospital Trauma Service provides specialised medical attention from resuscitation through to rehabilitation of victims of paediatric trauma.
“The fellowship will bring new knowledge into the treatment and rehabilitation of children who have been injured and assist in providing injury prevention strategies” said Professor Les White, Executive Director of Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.
2005 BENEFICIARES: $525,000.00
This Charity provides children living with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders with the opportunity to put their illness aside and interact with other children in similar circumstances. TSWF purchased a Tarago to transport these children around as well as funding a weeklong Camp for 180 children in remission to bring joy to their lives and give them some time to forget about the trauma of their illness.
Kids Under Cover: $175,000.00
Every young person has a right to a safe and secure place to call home and a sound education. Our funding has assisted KUC in building bungalows for homeless and at risk young people. Some of these young people are victims of either physical or sexual abuse. While living in a Kids Under Cover home, these young people must attend school or participate in a recognised job-training program. This helps to ensure they develop the skills required to successfully move on to independent living within the community.
Beth’s Legacy: $175,000.00
This charity provides short-term practical and financial assistance to families with an ill child in hospital. Our funding provides Care Packages to various children’s hospitals to make a parent/carer’s stay more comfortable and to enable them to remain by their child’s bedside. This has been ongoing since 2005 and continues today.