Assistance Dogs Australia : $16,070
Assistance Dogs Australia’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with physical disabilities in wheelchairs. They train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to undertake tasks such as opening doors, pressing the button to cross the road, picking up dropped items, but most of all; they offer a form of confidence and independence to someone in the community.
Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 will be used to provide a companion dog to a child with physical disabilities in a wheelchair. The dog will be purchased and trained as a companion dog for a period of two years after which time, the dog will be placed with the child.
AEIOU Foundation: $20,000
The AEIOU Foundation is dedicated to providing a professional, full-time early intervention program of the highest quality for children aged 2 1/2 to 6, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Funding will be used to provide two additional child placements at the AEIOU autism early intervention and learning centre, located in Queensland. The two children will attend the centre for one year for standardised assessment including; autism traits, adaptive and challenging behaviours, skills and parental coping.
Kildonan Uniting Care: $15,000
Kildonan Uniting Care’s vision is of thriving and inclusive communities based on respect, justice and compassion for all people. Kildonan works to empower people to improve their lives, through the provision of effective community services and addressing issues of social and economic hardship. They are one of the oldest community organisations, being established in 1881.
Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 will be used to support children of low- income households who constantly and repeatedly miss out on items such as uniforms, school text books, tutoring, laptops and extra-curricular activities such as music lessons, school camps and holiday programs.
Muscular Dystrophy NSW: $24,000
The mission of Muscular Dystrophy NSW is to deliver diverse, quality services and support innovative research engendering client well-being and confidence.
Children and young people with a neuromuscular disorder and their carers, often experience strong feelings of grief, isolation and depression. Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 will be used to help provide specialised counselling to young people with a neuromuscular condition and their families. A person living with a neuromuscular disorder may be able to complete a task one day, that they cannot complete the following day. Counselling will help them deal with living with many realities such as this.
Scope (VIC) Limited: $30,000
Scope is one of the largest providers of services to people with a disability in Victoria. Scope’s mission is to support people with a disability to achieve their potential in welcoming and inclusive communities.
The Scope ‘GoKids’ program supports young people with mobility issues in Victoria. Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 will be used to help increase the Scope GoKids Mobility Equipment Fund, in particular, for the support of three or more children who are currently on a waiting list for a walker or mobility aid. The fund is used to purchase equipment as prescribed by the Scope therapists in the mobility program. The fund has been operating alongside the GoKids program since 2001 and many children and their families have benefitted during that time.
Variety- the children’s charity: $23,000
Variety- the children’s charity Victoria works directly with individual families and organisations in their mission to empower Victorian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. Funds raised or donated are generally spent on goods and services through their three core programs; Freedom Program, Caring for Kids Program and Future Kids Program.
Working alongside Variety – the children’s charity Queensland; funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 has been used to support children who were affected by the devastating Queensland floods in January 2011. Part of the funds were used to help rebuild the playground at Toowoomba West Special School, as well as funding going towards the cost of a Sunshine Coach for another school.
Western Chances: $25,000
Western Chances’s vision is to see Melbourne’s West working together as a proud, vibrant and successful community. The organisation, which was founded by Terry Bracks in 2003, assists talented and self-motivated young people in the western suburbs, to realise their potential through the provision of scholarships and other related programs.
Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation in 2011 will be used award new and renewal scholarships to talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs who lack the finances, networks and resources to pursue their education and/or career pathway. Scholarships pay for items such as text books, laptops, internet, camp fees and specialist tuition.
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