For more than 50 years, Guide Dogs Queensland has been providing life changing services to people of all ages who are blind or vision impaired. It does so largely through community support and its own fundraising efforts. The charity receives no Government funding for its Guide Dogs which are provided free of charge to people in need. Every Guide Dog costs $30,000 to breed, train and place and demand for their services is increasing. It is estimated an Australian loses part or all of their sight every 65 minutes. Presently there are more than 30 Queenslanders either waiting to receive their first Guide Dog or needing to retire an ageing one. Funds raised through the Bruce Lynton Charity Ball will help GDQ to train and place our life-changing animals into the hands of people who are blind or vision impaired.
Yet every day in Australia at least one person has their life changed forever in this devastating way. Day to day tasks and mobility become an extraordinary challenge.
Perry Cross is one such person whose life was unforeseeably and profoundly changed in an instant. His approach to his paralysis has been inspirational. And as Perry’s health journey continues, so does his conviction to lead a united and multi-faceted model for bringing together people with the knowledge, skills and passion required to find a cure for paralysis.
The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation aims to facilitate, collaborate and initiate the connections and research required to find a cure for paralysis.
The Gold Coast Community Fund is an incorporated body that was established in early 2000 by some of the city’s leading business figures.
The Fund seeks to raise money through regular art unions and donations, creating a central pool of money for distribution to charities, community organisations and individuals in emergency need.
The Gold Coast Community Fund offers a more systematic approach to fundraising and the perfect fundraising solution for not-for-profit organisations large and small.
The Gold Coast Community Fund (GCCF) aims to relieve financial hardship which is determined on a case by case assessment of a beneficiary’s or charities genuine financial need.
Relief of financial hardship may include assistance for people who are suffering from the effects of homelessness, sickness or from a disability, where, in each case, there is also financial need.
Sickness comes within this category because sickness is often related to poverty or the inability for an individual to pay for treatment.
Financial assistance is only provided to those who reside within the Statistical Area only of the Gold Coast as determined by Queensland Concordance – SA4 to SA2 (ASGS 2011) as provided by QLD Government Statisticians.
The GCCF offers assistance only if directed and agreed to by its committee and decisions can be made on individual cases as required that may not fit the entire criteria.
Assistance may be offered more than one time but only after a reassessment and approval of its committee.
Men of Business is the brainchild of a select group of influential business owners on the Gold Coast who recognised that there are more than 500 teenage boys who fall through the cracks of the system each year on the Gold Coast alone.
82% of them have tried drugs. 66% live with one parent or guardian. 11% don’t know who their parents are.
Most programs designed to help have rigid criteria and inflexible hours. The MOB joined forces with SCISCO Career Pathways to pay something back, by ‘paying it forward’ to the next generation. The fundamentals of a balanced life have been synergised into a highly energetic and interactive mentoring program based on healthy lifestyles and attitudes that define the participant’s journey toward manhood.
In an intensive 8 week program, the young men learn the value of:
Trust Communication Anger Management Friends and Family Respect Inner Strength and Emotion Attitude Goal Setting
Dedicated individuals deliver personal training, one on one mentoring and life coaching, with goals and outcomes derived on a case by case basis. The program is designed to fit around education hours and also assists with job placement. The MOB’s goal is to grow this vital program across the Gold Coast region. Like all programs of this type however, it receives only a small percentage of its running costs from Government, and therefore needs your support.
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Bravehearts’ Mission is to prevent child sexual assault and exploitation in our society & its Vision is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. Operating for over 25 years, Bravehearts provides industry-leading child protection training and education programs, specialist child sexual assault and exploitation counselling and support services, as well as engaging in research and lobbying to help support and protect against child sexual assault and exploitation.
Bravehearts range of services and programs include:
Advocacy support for adult survivors.
Advocacy support for children and families engaged in Bravehearts’ Courage Project.
Personal safety education program for children aged 3-8 years.
Tailored education programs including respectful relationships, consent, online and personal safety for grades 7-12.
Training and risk mitigation for organisations and professionals who work with, interact or have contact with children.
Online reporting tools.
Research & legislative reform.
Public awareness campaigns.
Support to survivors and affected family members engaging in the National Redress Scheme (which provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse).
Specialist counselling services for: Children who have experienced or at risk of experiencing child sexual assault and exploitation. Non-offending family members of children who have experienced child sexual assault and exploitation.
Children under the age of 12 who are engaging in problem sexual behaviour plus the innovative Turning Corners program, designed for young people (12 years to under 18 years) who have engaged in, or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviours.