$100,000 on offer in Impact100 Fremantle

Adam Nankin (Inclusion Consultant), Zara Torre (ADHF), top Kobi Morrison (Walyalup Kannajil), sitting Victor Crevatin (Director St Patricks), Sarah Tadier (Black Swan Health, Freo Street Doctor), sitting Philip Mitchell (Artistic Director Spare Parts Puppet Theatre), Paul Higginbotham (CEO Earbus Foundation of WA) and Kaine Grigg (Fremantlemind Inc.) Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d494191 communitypix.com.au
Adam Nankin (Inclusion Consultant), Zara Torre (ADHF), top Kobi Morrison (Walyalup Kannajil), sitting Victor Crevatin (Director St Patricks), Sarah Tadier (Black Swan Health, Freo Street Doctor), sitting Philip Mitchell (Artistic Director Spare Parts Puppet Theatre), Paul Higginbotham (CEO Earbus Foundation of WA) and Kaine Grigg (Fremantlemind Inc.) Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d494191 communitypix.com.au

EIGHT local organisations have made the shortlist of finalists for Fremantle Foundation’s 2019 Impact100 award.

Under the initiative 100 donors are asked to contribute $1000 or more to create a $100,000 grant for an organisation which aims to improve the community’s health and wellbeing.

This year’s shortlist include the Australian Dental Health Foundation, Black Swan Health’s Freo Street Doctor, the Earbus Foundation, Fremantle Mind Inc, Inclusion Solutions, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and Walyalup Kannajil. Fremantle Foundation’s Hannah Fitch-Rabbitt said there had been a strong consensus for this year’s focus on health and wellbeing.

“This year we received a record number of applications (27) for Impact100 Fremantle and it was a challenge to narrow them down to a shortlist of only eight organisations,” she said.

“However, our eight shortlisted organisations were clear stand outs.

“Each organisation would be worthy of receiving the game-changing $100,000 grant and it is only going to get tougher for our donors to choose.”

The winner will be announced on November 7.

 

What will you use the grant for if you win?

-Earbus Foundation WA CEO Paul Higginbotham: “There are so many Aboriginal children in our classrooms whose opportunity to learn is being sabotaged by poor hearing. We know there are some very needy families and children right on Fremantle’s doorstep who can be helped by the intensive and targeted intervention Earbus provides.”

-Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artistic director Philip Mitchell: “If successful Impact 100 would give Spare Parts Puppet Theatre the opportunity to offer relaxed shows for kids on the autism spectrum. To purchase specialised sound equipment that will enable access options for guests who are visually impaired or blind through regular audio described shows. Auslan interpreted shows for the hearing impaired and a more interactive foyer space with activities that offer deeper engagement with the emotional content of our work having tangible impact on our community’s emotional health.”

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s Varnya Bromilow: “St. Pat’s is proposing to build at least two tiny houses on wheels. This innovative idea has rapidly gained popularity across the world as a cost-effective means of addressing the housing crisis. We think it’s a perfect fit for Freo – a sustainable, socially conscious and community-minded package all in one.”

– Australian Dental Health Foundation’s Zara Torre: “We work out of St Pats Clinic in Fremantle but we need to increase the number of patients we see per week and recruit more volunteers to help meet the growing number of homeless people in need of dental care. We would love to be able to offer a service that shortens the waitlists, improves the impact on the government clinics and also utilises the space more efficiently.”

– Walyalup Kannajil’s Susie Waller: “Winning the grant would give us certainty that we could to continue and develop our newly formed Walyalup Kannajil – an aboriginal-led inclusive community warangka (singing) group based in Fremantle. Led by talented singer-songwriter Kobi Morrison, who will be joined by regular Aboriginal guest Elders and musicians, our focus is on learning about local Noongar culture, history and language through song.”

-Black Swan Health south operations executive Sarah Tadier: “The Impact100 grant would allow Black Swan Health’s Freo Street Doctor team of GP, registered nurse and counsellor to continue to provide medical and mental health support services street-side to those people most in need in our community.”