The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts Group Australia, announced grants to 15 Australian charities during its most recent quarterly funding round. A total of $58,170 was donated across Australia to benefit charities serving the communities where Harcourts employees live and work.
“Giving back to the communities where we live is such an important part of what we believe in at Harcourts,” said Julia Eyles, The Harcourts Foundation Coordinator. “With this round of funding, we have realised a significant record of over $58,000 donated. We’re very proud of the fact that we can give 100% of funds raised through the Foundation with zero administrative fees.”
Harcourts franchise owners in each state nominate and support the organisations that impact the community. Additionally, Harcourts corporate team members are given the chance to nominate a specific charity for a grant as part of an initiative called ‘corporate choice grants’, while the Landmark Harcourts network also designates grant recipients.
Since the Harcourts Foundation’s first donation in 2008, over $5 million has been raised. That translates to 686 charities supported, 311 communities impacted, and 851 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
Charities selected by The Harcourts Foundation (region) and grant amount:
Childhood Cancer Association (South Australia) $12,000
Providing hands on support to over 400 children with cancer and their families. Harcourts Packham held a Quiz Night, raising over $10,700 toward "Bradley's Place" - a respite accommodation for families to take a break away from the demands of the hospital, or as a safe and comfortable space for families with children receiving palliative care treatment to create some lifelong special memories together. Since Bradley’s Place was established, it has provided more than 600 families with the opportunity to escape to Bradley’s Place for essential respite.
Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons (South Australia / Corporate Choice grant) $2,000 / $1,000
Founded by Sister Janet Mead in 1985, the centre provides a meal, material assistance and financial and budgeting assistance for homeless and isolated men. As a household community, they have daily activities such as crafts, cooking, gardening, woodwork, a shared cooked lunch and all sorts of living skills and social celebrations. The "Winter Appeal" is part of the Crisis Response and Rehabilitation aim, to provide foam mattresses, bedding, and warming heaters for homeless people newly housed to enable recovery and rehabilitation.
“I have participated in the Harcourts Foundation salary sacrifice program from the start and it was extremely rewarding to be involved in the Corporate Choice Grant to the Adelaide Day Centre for the homeless,” said Gregg Toyama, Head of eBusiness. “It is a tremendously fulfilling experience to be able select a cause that my wife Julie and I admire and have a personal connection with.”
Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) (South Australia) $5,000
Delivers responsive, flexible and evidence-informed services for people with autism and their families. ASPECT is the largest autism-specific schools program, with 9 base schools, over 100 satellite classes and close to 1,000 students. The grant will fund the creation of a sensory equipment playground for the ASPECT Treetop School - the only autism specific school in SA, which caters to students from Reception to Year 10. Sensory equipment assists with the development of gross motor skills and motor planning abilities as well as improving social interactions required to integrate into more inclusive school settings and the community.
Foodbank of South Australia (South Australia) $5,000
Established in 2000, Foodbank’s core concept is simple – to feed those in need by redistributing surplus food. Last year Foodbank provided over four million meals through its main warehouse at Edwardstown and regional distribution centres in Mount Gambier, Berri and Whyalla, and Community Food Hubs in Bowden, Edwardstown, Elizabeth and Port Pirie. The grant will assist with Meal Packs, popular among the hub clients with limited culinary and cooking skills, assisting in developing the confidence that they will be preparing a nutritionally balanced meal in the most cost-effective manner. Funds purchase products, packaging and print recipes, for a period of 10 weeks, serving more than 4,000 clients.
Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation (Team Kids) (South Australia) $1,000
TeamKids is the fundraising platform for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation, raising money to support the Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are raising funds to renovate the Parent Overnight Rooms allowing the families of the sickest children to stay close by when times are at their toughest. The grant will help fund TeamKids’ High Tea event on 5th November 2017, with 200 guests to attend.
Wyndarra Centre (Tasmania) $2,000
Wyndarra Centre's purpose is to promote and provide resources for the Circular Head Community, who experience devaluation, disadvantage and discrimination. Wyndarra provides a lawn mowing service to those in the community who are frail or aged by a dedicated group of committed volunteers, and allows the recipients a sense of wellbeing, creating a safe and well-kept environment which enables them to continue to live and stay in their own homes. This service is used by over 20 recipients, and the grant will be used to purchase new lawn mowers to assist in continuing this valuable service.
North East Animal Sanctuary (Tasmania) $2,500
NEAST provides a service to the community by taking in stray, unwanted and abandoned cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. They have ensured that all residents of the Break O’Day and Dorset municipalities (roughly 14,000 people) have easier access to a reputable domestic pet shelter – to both adopt from, and relinquish to. These animals receive health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping, neutering and flea/worm treatments to provide the best outcome for these animals so they are ready for their permanent home. The grant will contribute toward the establishment of a number of multipurpose kennels and a larger cattery.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (Tasmania) $5,000
CVA has been operating for over 30 years to "inspire change by connecting people with nature". The community engagement model allows them to attract and manage volunteers to participate in local projects that protect or enhance our environment and heritage. At a regional level, their short-term goals are to prioritise meaningful conservation projects in Northern Tasmania and facilitate these projects with practical expertise and community engagement. The Greater Launceston community, including Georgetown, is geographically united by the Tamar Estuary and in recent years, concern about the state of the Tamar Estuary has risen markedly. This project provides the opportunity for the community to make a positive contribution to the health of their estuary.
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation (Queensland) $18,000
The Butterfly Ball is an initiative of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation, and funds raised are directed to Australia's largest group researching pregnancy and birth-related tragedies - the Perinatal Research Centre, as well as to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RBWH for medical equipment. This is the 5th consecutive year that the Harcourts Foundation has been the naming rights sponsor for the Harcourts Butterfly Ball 2017 taking place 18th November.
Story Dogs (Queensland) $1,670
Story Dogs is a reading support program where selected children read to an accredited dog and its handler. When children read to a dog the outcomes are amazing; they have fun, they are not judged, their focus improves, their reading skills increase and their confidence soars. Sessions run for 20 minutes, where each child is one-on-one with the Dog Team. The same children are seen each week so that a rapport with the child, dog and volunteer is developed. Funds will support recruiting, accrediting training and placing two Dog Teams into local Noosa schools and will help over 30 disadvantaged young students learn to read
ManUp! Qld Inc. (Selected by Landmark Harcourts) $1,000
ManUp! is committed to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on men and their families in Queensland. In 2017 ManUp! will conduct five major tours through out rural and regional Queensland as part of our Prostate Cancer Educational Program. The goal is to raise the public awareness for prostate cancer, its detection, its treatment and the need for a program that offers support to men living with prostate cancer. ManUp! will distribute free information brochures and support material at all the sessions to men between the ages of 40 - 75 years, in more than 68 rural communities in Queensland.
Leukaemia Foundation (Corporate Choice, Queensland) $1,000
Dedicated to improving the lives of blood cancer patients and their families by providing a range of free support services for patients to give them the best chance of survival and improve their quality of life, this grant will support the annual Light the Night event to be held at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore - a lantern-lit walk for those in our communities affected by blood cancers.
Beyondblue (Queensland) $403
Three million Australians are currently experiencing anxiety or depression. Every day, nearly eight people take their own lives. Because this affects all of us, beyondblue is equipping everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health. They’re giving people the confidence to support those around them, and making anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations. And as well as tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination, they’re breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out. Beyondblue are here for everyone in Australia – at work, home, school, university, online, and in communities across the country, to provide information and support to help everyone achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Orange Sky Laundry (National) $335
Australia's first mobile laundry service for the homeless. A world first—launched in Brisbane in 2014—the vans are custom-fitted with two industrial washers and dryers. As of September 2016, Orange Sky Laundry has 10 vans operating across Australian parks and drop in centres. Every week this fleet of mobile laundries complete more than 7000kgs of laundry for some of the 105,000 Australians who are identified as being homeless. The service is run by a team of more than 600 volunteers who provide over 1300 hours of non-judgemental conversation every week. "Orange Sky Showers" is a new project which will deliver a mobile shower service to our homeless friends so that they can put clean clothes on a clean body, and have the confidence to complete everyday tasks such as visiting the supermarket or using public transport.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (National) $262
The RSPCA is Australia’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Australia. RSPCA has a long history of caring for all creatures great and small, spanning over 130 years. The RSPCA runs 40 shelters and employs around 1,000 staff at a cost of more than $100 million each year to deliver all of their services which help improve the lives of Australian animals.
For information on these and previous grant recipients, visit The Harcourts Foundation website.