Fremantle Foundation set to name Impact100 winner

ONE local not-for-profit group will be $100,000 better off when the Fremantle Foundation names its Impact100 winner on Thursday night.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Impact100 committee decided this year’s grant would be awarded to an organisation that works to support Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

This year’s finalists are the Fremantle PCYC, Caralee Community School, MyKy and Ngalla Maya.

Fremantle Foundation’s Hannah Fitch-Rabbitt said they received strong applications and narrowing it down to four finalists had been difficult.

“It is always incredibly difficult to select a final four, especially after attending site visits and hearing first-hand how passionate and hardworking the organisations are about what they do,” she said.

“These four projects are quite different but each have incredible merit and would use the $100,000 grant for maximum impact.”

She said regardless of the winner, the money would be going to a great program that would make a difference in the local community.

“Caralee Community School and Meerilinga would like to begin Koora Wadi – a supported early- learning playgroup for Aboriginal children and their parents,” she said.

“MyKy will create a tourist cultural trail along the Swan River celebrating local Aboriginal culture and provide indigenous heritage training and employment to local Aboriginal people.

“Ngalla Maya provides training, employment, advocacy and mentoring to ex-offenders to reduce the cycle of recidivism.

“And PCYC run Safe Space, an after-school program to support disadvantaged children and young people.”

The annual Impact100 fundraiser asks 100 donors to give $1000 each in support of local charities and programs.

Tickets to the awards night at the Old Boys School are $35 and available from www.fremantlefoundation.com.

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