CURRENT CAUSE

1. May, 2019

One Voice -

One of the challenges when living on the streets is personal hygiene. Some people shower at shelters and others in public toilet blocks, either way people are constantly worrying -

‘Who is around’ or ‘Am I safe’

In 2014 One Voice launched Australia’s first Mobile Shower Service in Melbourne and provided the following service

- A safe environment to shower, shave and get clean.
- Referral services to organisations that provide support and assistance.
- Distribution of free hygiene products and clothes.

The pilot was so successful with an average of 18 people using the service each night that in 2015 One Voice launched a World first Mobile Shower Bus. The service is fully self contained and has on-board water tanks, instantaneous hot water and generated electricity. Basically the bus could go into the desert and provide showers for up to 40 people.

One Voice now have a fleet of Mobile Shower Services in the following states:

ADELAIDE - BRISBANE - MELBOURNE - PERTH & SYDNEY 

For more info. Go to https://onevoice.org.au/about/

31. Mar, 2019

CAMBODIAN CHILDREN’S FUND believe that with the right education and support, one child has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty and that a generation of educated children has the power to change a whole society. Through intensive, long-term investments in children, CCF is helping students build the skills, confidence and integrity they need to become the progressive spokespeople and leaders of change in their communities.

Since 2004, CCF have been working with some of the most impoverished communities in Cambodia, centred around the former garbage dump at Steung Meanchey. Back then, their  world revolved around the health and wellbeing of 45 children living on the garbage dump. Today there are around 2,000 students working towards a better future for themselves and their families through CCF’s award winning education program.

The garbage dump was closed in 2009. However the need for CCF’s services continues as Steung Meanchey remains an entry-point into Phnom Penh for destitute families with no option but to try and make a living through scavenging or begging on the city streets.

Through a range of programs that focus on 6 core areas – Education, Leadership, Community Outreach, Healthcare, Childcare and Vocational Training – CCF take a holistic, on-the-ground approach to developing integrated solutions to the complex issues of poverty.

For more info. Go to https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/

28. Feb, 2019

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/

1. Feb, 2019

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/

1. Jan, 2019

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

http://auroraeducationfoundation.org.au/our-story