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Easts Leagues Foundation - Community Benefit Fund

At Easts Leagues, our spirit of social responsibility rests on one principle: giving back to the very community that has helped to make the Club successful. The cornerstone of that commitment is the Easts Leagues Foundation Community Benefit Fund, a charitable fund established in May 2007. The primary goal of the Fund is to support charitable organisations within the Eastern Suburbs Community, particularly those with limited resources. Established in perpetuity, the Easts Leagues Foundation Community Benefit Fund is expected to become a significant source of philanthropic funds for the Eastern Suburbs Community in the years ahead.

Our commitment to the community is targeted at 3 broad areas we feel represent the core values and general well-being of the community at large; values such as childhood, environment and community. At Easts, we firmly believe the socially responsible actions we take today will produce bottom-line benefits to our community tomorrow.

If you would like more information about the Community Benefit Fund and how we may be able to help your organisation, please download our application form. Applications close Monday, 30 April 2018.

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Beneficiaries Nominated 2017
Zephyr Education Inc - $15,000

Zephyr’s core purpose is to help children in domestic violence shelters throughout Queensland resume their education as quickly as possible by supplying or paying for school uniforms, shoes and socks, school bags, text books, stationery, swim packs and all other school related items such as calculators and earphones.

A drastic consequence of domestic violence, which is often overlooked, is that the education of the children is severely disrupted. Many of these children arrive at shelters with just the clothes they are wearing and without school essentials.  This grant will ensure that children are able to resume their education at their new school as soon as possible with the same uniform and school necessities as the other children.

Zig Zag Women’s Resources - $22,000

The grant will assist a minimum of 40 young women and young parenting women aged 16-25 who are transitioning from homelessness to independent housing as they transition from Zig Zag’s temporary supported accommodation to long term secure and sustainable housing and provide a safe and stable environment for their children.

Music Broadcasting Society – $2,600

The Music Broadcasting Society based at Coorparoo runs three community radio stations broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are 300+ volunteers with 97% of the staff over the age of 65.  The grant will provide funding for a defibrillator.

Wynola Girl Guides - $1,917

Wynola Girl Guides based at Coorparoo is one of Queensland’s oldest Girl Guide groups. The hut itself has historical significance and inside there are many items, including archives, photographs, flags and other memorabilia built up over the 90 years’ history of the Wynola Girl Guides.  The grant will be used to install security grilles and heavier locks to help protect this historic hut and its contents from theft, arson and vandalism.

Norman Park State School - $1,474

The grant will fund the replacement of a shade sail that covers a courtyard area between two school buildings. The sail is a vital piece of school infrastructure as it provides shade for the children when eating their lunch and protection from the elements as children, staff and visitors move between classrooms.

Spina Bifida Association - $10,521

The grant will fund a hydrotherapy program. Children with spina bifida have decreased strength, co-ordination and function of pre-dominantly their core and lower limb muscles. The hydrotherapy program focuses on developing core strength, motor planning, water confidence, safety and body awareness.  The three age groups catered for are: birth -3 years, 4-7 years and 8-12 years.

Hydrotherapy is an effective way to tread children with neurological and orthopaedic conditions. It is enjoyed because it is fun and gives them a freedom of movement only experienced in a hydrotherapy pool.

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland - $10,000

Babies, children and young adults who live with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) take up to 40 tablets every day just to break down food and can spend up to 2 hours a day clearing their airways; a nebulizer does this in 20 minutes.

Despite its severity, CF is not classed as a disability under the NDIS, meaning access to financial support is extremely limited for individuals with CF.

The grant will provide funding for 20 portable nebulizers for people living with (CF).

Other Beneficiaries Nominated (2007 - 2015)
Carindale P.C.Y.C $5,300

After a debilitating fire in September 2011, the Club reopened in April 2012. As part of the refurbishment, the PCYC constructed a purpose built room for community groups during the day and Youth group in the evenings. The funding will be used to install an air conditioning unit for the community room, which will ensure the existing users can continue to meet in a comfortable and cool space.

SES – Eastern Group $18,700

To assist with the purchase of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). This vehicle will allow the SES to thoroughly search the more rugged terrain and in more open areas where a larger area can be covered in a shorter time than by the members on foot. Not much bigger than a quad bike, the ATV has the added safety features such as a roll cage which will provide additional protection to the crew in the event of a roll over, the vehicle is also designed to accommodate two people.

Spina Bifida Qld - $20,000

To be used to fund the SBH Feeding Therapy (and Equipment) Program run by a Speech Pathologist. Children with Spina Bifida and or Hydrocephalus are subject to having feeding difficulties due to the neurological implications of their condition. Assessment, treatment and management of these difficulties are paramount to maintaining the health and wellbeing of children with Spina Bifida. There is currently no funding for the feeding program.

St Vincent de Paul – Carina/Carindale - $10,000

The funding will assist the conference to carry out its grassroots services directly to the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in the Carina/Carindale community in several ways including the purchase of food vouchers, clothing and educational expenses.

Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation $3,000

To provide shoes & socks to 65 children in need living in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane. The Shoes & Socks 4 Brisbane Kids Program provides quality leather school shoes and 3 pairs of socks to disadvantaged Brisbane kids in need.

Nursery Road State Special School $28,000

Nursery Road State Special School provides educational programs for students between 5 and 18 years who may have significant delays or impairments in the area of physical, sensory and /or intellectual functioning. The funding will be used towards an 11 seater bus complete with wheelchair seating for essential school programs. Travelling to other settings and venues allows students to take part in a range of activities for learning such as: Learning the social and literacy and numeracy skills involved in shopping, Horse riding for the disabled, Inter school activities through sports and inclusion programs

Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre $7,200

Zig Zag provides medium term accommodation to young women and young parenting women aged 16-25 years who are homeless and Zig Zag also has a Sexual Assault Support Program that provides counseling and group work to young women aged 12-25 who are survivors of sexual assault. Both these programs have assisted many young women move from homelessness and isolation back into the community. The funding will allow Zig Zag to provide extra support to 12 young women (and their children) with the aim of making their transition into independent, long term housing a much smoother and less stressful process .

Camp Hill Kindergarten & Pre-school $7,400

Funds will be used to purchase a Phonic Ear System to benefit students with hearing impairment or auditory processing difficulties or speech development issues. Sound-field amplification systems direct sound above external ambient noise to assist those students, and are also compatible with the FM systems of both cochlear implants and hearing aids utilized by those students..

Camp Hill Girl Guides $3,014

Camp Hill Girl Guides is a not-for-profit community organisation run by volunteers. Currently 25 girls aged between seven and 14 attend each Friday night at the Guide Hut. The Guides lease the hut through the Brisbane City Council and are responsible for the maintenance with most funds raised through sausage sizzles, wrapping Christmas presents and biscuit sales and parents participate in working bees for general maintenance. Funding provided will see the hut’s facilities upgraded in the form of new vinyl floor sheeting and interior painting. These fundamental improvements will allow the Guides to hire the room to other community groups and help raise additional much-needed funds.

St Vincent de Paul Society - Carina $10,000

The St Vincent de Paul Society – Carina is run by a small group of volunteers.  The organization visits approximately 50 clients per month and the funding will be used to purchase food vouchers to directly assist people in the local area who are experiencing extreme financial hardship.

Mt Gravatt Special School - Mt Gravatt $20,000

Funds were used to purchase a 12 seater van to enable transportation of students with disabilities enabing them more independence.

State Emergency Service - Eastern Group Support Unit $1,485

During emergencies the SES is often called upon to respond to situations where large trees have fallen against, near or through a home, and the upper branches are normally well above the ground.  The funds will be used to purchase a Stihl Pole Pruner to reach higher branches while remaining safely on the ground.

Ardoch Youth Foundation $10,000

Ardoch Youth Foundation believes that eduction for children and young people provides the means for creating options and choices in life. Funding will enable a volunteers program at Seville Road Primary School in Holland Park to help young children learning reading, writing and maths skills.

Stepping Stone Clubhouse $20,000

Stepping Stone Clubhouse at Coorparoo is a community intentionally organised to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education and to access the services and supports they may individually need. The funds will be used to purchase a more comprehensive computer server, 16 new computers and three laptops.

Narbethong Special School $33,347

Located at Buranda, the school provides for educational needs of students who are vision impaired, vision impaired with additional disabilities, and for students who are both deaf and blind. The funding will be used to build a specialised accessible playground featuring a range of interactive pieces that engage these children in play and learning in an ideal environment and accommodates the impact of the student’s disabilities when using the equipment.

Matthew Stanley Foundation $42,295

The Matthew Stanley Foundation leads the way in education against youth violence in the community. It was launched in May 2007 due to the tragic death of Paul and Kay Stanley’s son Matthew, who was brutally bashed outside a party. The foundation predominantly focuses on the provision of information/educational sessions on the awareness of violence in the community. The funding provides for professional media presentations shown at Foundation information sessions at public and private schools, community groups and community events. This will include the production of DVDs for distribution to schools and community groups.