The Les Twentyman Foundation:
Since its inception The Les Twentyman Foundation has provided crucial programs, services and resources assisting Victoria’s at-risk youth.
Raised in Braybrook in Melbourne’s West Les has devoted his life to young people doing it tough. Les is widely considered an expert on a range of community issues including youth homelessness, drug abuse, prison reform and social welfare.
He has consistently shone a light on emerging youth issues like gang violence, weapons carriage, cyber bullying and the growing trend of truancy in our education system. The hard-hitting DVD “The Realities of Cyber Bullying” and CSA “Knives Trash Lives” are testament to Les’ “pull no punches” approach to the damage caused to youth through peer pressure and social media.
Les is often called on to visit volatile regional areas of Australia in a bid to bring about harmony and cooperation where gangs and youth violence is a problem. He has also accompanied the Governor General, state Government ministers and leaders of industry to the ‘dark-streets’ of Australia they never thought existed.
Les has devoted his life to those-in-need. The Les Twentyman Foundation maintains his vision and legacy.
For more info. Go to https://www.ltfoundation.com.au/
WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS Inc. According to United Nations World Health estimates, wheelchairs are desperately needed around the world for millions of severely disabled children throughout under-resourced countries of the world.
Wheelchairs for Kids (WFK) is an organisation whose mission is to manufacture and distribute wheelchair’s to some of these children assisting them with the means to raise them off the ground from where they are presently confined, and gain a new level of freedom and mobility.
every wheelchair supplied by WFK makes an enormous difference for one needy child.
WFK is made up of a group of retired volunteer members of the Perth (WA) metropolitan community.
It is a totally volunteer based organisation with no paid staff.
It is financed entirely from funds donated by members of the community, many different philanthropic individuals & organisations.
Approximately 340 wheelchairs are produced every month (approximately 3550 per year) and they are then distributed worldwide to these needy children.
These wheelchairs are built specially for rough terrain, adjustable for the child’s size, with postural supports, head rest, harness, a waterproof cushion, tray, tool kit, plus a knee rug, and a knitted toy.
For every $200 donated in support of the WFK program, a child gains a new wheelchair giving him or her this new experience of freedom of mobility for the first time in their life, and often easing the burden for personal carers.
For more details please visit the WFK website at https://wheelchairsforkids.org/about-us/history/
THE AURORA FOUNDATION
Established in 2012, the Aurora Education Foundation is a national not for profit organisation that focuses on supporting Indigenous education.
To transform lives by investing in potential and inspiring excellence through education at the highest level.
A future where there is no education gap and where the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians achieve equitable participation at the highest level – in the professions, in boardrooms and across government.
- Investing in potential
- Inspiring excellence
- Transforming lives
For more information see their website at
Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC) has been working with women in Victorian Prisons, in performance and visual arts for 35 years.
They have demonstrated a success in delivering social change in the community, providing opportunities for women in prison and post release and marginalised young people to break cycles of abuse, addiction and disengagement.
Their mission is "To bring down the walls of difference and indifference through the arts - an equal meeting ground for all - transcending class, money and power.
They work with the most marginalised, create high quality productions, which will inspire, provoke and challenge people and perceptions. The arts providing the bridge of inclusiveness back into education and community."
SDTC's story is one that demonstrates how powerful the arts can be for both personal and social transformation. The company offers a place for these individuals to reclaim a part of their heart and soul through creative expression and not be dismissed by prejudice or judgement.
SDTC are committed to:
- Creating high quality theatre, music, art and film with the community of the disadvantaged, particularly women in prison and post release and marginalised young people, including those in out of home care, those who have mental health issues and those who are victims of family violence.
- Motivating personal, social and systemic change through raising awareness of the impact of abuse and poverty as issues leading to addiction, mental ill-health, family violence, homelessness and institutionalization.
- Breaking negative cycles for women in prison and post release, and marginalised young people, including those in out of home care, by providing pathways back into formal education, training, employment and community.
For more details about Somebody’s Daughter Theatre go to their website at https://www.somebodysdaughtertheatre.com/
Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated