THE finalists in Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 campaign all have one goal in mind-to expand their programs to help the community.
Impact100 inspires at least 100 donors to contribute $1000 each, with the money put towards high impact grants for local charities and projects. .
This year’s four finalists are the Fremantle Community Men’s Shed, ICEA Foundation, Black Swan Health and Fremantle PCYC.
Community Men’s Shed president Bill Johnstone said the shed was a place where people can go to make things for themselves or the community.
“The money will go to workshops, we plan to organise 160 workshops where people will get skills for their own home maintenance or to take them on to a job later on in woodwork and metal work,” he said.
ICEA foundation representative Dakota Baker said they were a youth lead not-for-profit where Indigenous and non-indigenous facilitators go into schools and talk about reconciliation.
“The main program is YARN, we hold a space, talk about reconciliation without worrying about being PC or getting in trouble,” he said.
“If we can yarn with kids in school and get in there early we hopefully start creating conversations all over.”
Black Swan Health’s Sarah Tadier said they run Freo Street Doctor, which works with disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community to provide them primary and mental health care with no cost.
“Our goal is to make a mental health care professionals available to patients who wouldn’t normally have access to health care professionals,” she said.
Fremantle PCYC’s Julie Gorman said the PCYC had began a breakfast club for young people who don’t have the option to have breakfast at home.
“We have between 30 to 40 kids a week, the flow on consequences are increased attendance at school, better concentration and that belonging feeling that someone cares for them, something we take for granted,” she said.
Tickets for the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards night will be available from October 1.