Donor Story: Bodhi J Niblett Fund

As the idea of giving through the Fremantle Foundation continues to grow we now manage 45x Named Funds  for individuals, families and businesses. Together they support a range of causes in Fremantle, Perth and across WA. 

Today we want to share with you one of our newest Named Funds, the Bodhi J Niblett Fund.

After an unknown complication at birth, Romm and Rhiannon’s son, Bodhi Jones Niblett, sustained a severe brain injury cause by a lack of oxygen. This type of injury in known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) which has led to significant limitations in Bodhi’s abilities. Bodhi has quadriplegia cerebral palsy, a hearing and vision impairment, epilepsy and is fed via a port in his stomach due to an unsafe swallow.

Above: Romm, Rhiannon and Bodhi Niblett

Bodhi is now two and in spite of all the obstacles he has and is yet to face, is a fighter.

Bodhi’s parents’ want to give him the best possible quality of life. To do this Bodhi requires intensive therapy and a lot of it to reach his full potential. Money raised by The Bodhi J Niblett Fund will support Bodhi on this therapy journey.

You can follow Romm, Rhiannon and Bodhi through their Facebook page, Bodhi J Niblett’s Strength.

If you would like to Donate to the Bodhi J Niblett Fund, click here.

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Join us for a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

In the first of a series of Vital Conversations in 2018 and we are excited to invite you to join us for an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’.

We all learnt about Captain Cook and a “broad brush” history of colonisation but what do you know about Australia’s history from the Indigenous perspective? 

With discussions around Australia Day increasing and the success of One Day in Fremantle, this Vital Conversation offers you the chance to take the next step in your personal understanding. 

This one day intensive brings knowledge and deep insights into the shared history of Australians. It looks through the eyes of the First Australians and with this Indigenous perspective sheds light on a past we all share.

Specifically it will increase effective and respectful professional and personal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by:

  • gaining knowledge of our shared history from an Indigenous perspective
  • increasing awareness of the impacts which continue to affect Aboriginal Australians today
  • learning to be comfortable and confident in the third space

Vital Conversation: Australia’s Shared History – opening hearts, opening minds

When: 8.30AM – 4.30PM, Tuesday 27th February

Where: The Big Hall in the Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle

Cost: $80 per person

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.

Click Here to BOOK your place in the Vital Conversation: Australia’s Shared History workshop.

Places are limited so please be quick to book to avoid missing out.


Learn about Australia’s shared history

Cultural convergence utilises transformative education to shift unconscious bias and beliefs to bring us closer together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. By quietly examining ourselves within the context of Australia’s history, we step confidently into a space where we continue to learn from each other and acknowledge this history that belongs to us all.

This cultural diversity workshop follows a timeline of historical facts and incorporates knowledge of Indigenous world-views & perspectives. 

Facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.



Please join us for Australia’s Shared History cultural diversity workshop… opening hearts and minds.


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Donations Now Open For Imapct100 Fremantle 2018

Thank you for all those who came to the Impact100 Fremantle 2017 Awards Night on 2nd November 2017.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, without whom the Impact100 Fremantle 2017 Awards Night could not have happened.

The night was a great success, and included an update from our 2016 Impact100 Winner; Night Hoops, delicious catering from Clancy’s Fish Pub, runner-up grant announcements and finally our Major Grant Prize Winner for our four inspirational finalists:

– MyKy – creating a tourist cultural trail along the Swan River celebrating local Aboriginal culture

– Caralee Community School – a supported playgroup to inspire family learning

– Fremantle PCYC – the Safe Space program to support disadvantaged young people

– Ngalla Maya – providing training, employment, advocacy and mentoring to ex-offenders

We’ll be announcing the Impact100 2017 winner shortly!

For now, we invite you to donate to Impact100 2018! You can donate by clicking here.

Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contributes $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high-impact grants to local charities and projects.

In 2017, to recognise the 1967 referendum we asked for ideas that support Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in Fremantle.

Through collective giving our group has distributed over $475,000 to important community organisations in the greater Fremantle area.

Click here to participate in Impact100 2018.

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We Are Proud To Announce The $100,000 Major Grant Recipient!

On November 2nd over 160 donors and community members gathered for the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night.

Four worthy finalists each had time to pitch to the donor group on why they deserved the $100,000 grant.

We’re thrilled to announce Ngalla Maya – Aboriginal Employment Access were the major grant recipient of $100,000!

And because of the generosity of our donor group the other three finalists, Fremantle PCYC, MyKy and Koora Wadi Supported Playgroup, each received $5,000.

An additional donation was made by the Smith and Jones Fund (held by the Fremantle Foundation) to the Fremantle PCYC.


Ngalla Maya is a not-for-profit organisation taking a holistic approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. First Nations people make up 3% of the Australian population but represent 43% of the prison population in Western Australia.

Ngalla Maya addresses core social problems that lead to disparity and works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. They support each candidate in their journey into training, employment, ongoing mentoring and support; all of this occurs while also supporting the family unit. Ngalla Maya also works with First Nations Homelessness Project supporting First Nations families who are at risk of eviction from their homes.

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Join Impact100 Fremantle for 2018

It is never too early to start planning Impact100 Fremantle for 2018!

Join the giving circle Impact100 Fremantle and be part of awarding a high impact $100,000 grant to a local organisation working in Fremantle.

We are excited to offer two donation options for 2018:

    • $1,000 upfront payment or a
    • Monthly payment plan – $100 for 10 months

Click Here to make your donation to Impact100 Fremantle 2018.

We look forward to continuing to support all four finalists as they continue their journeys forward and bringing you updates on what they’re doing.

As always, please reach out if you would like to learn more about what we do at the Fremantle Foundation and how we can assist you.

Dylan, Hannah and the Fremantle Foundation Team

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Marriage Equality – for an inclusive Australia

Our mission statement at the Fremantle Foundation is to “create a thriving community”. 

We have given it a lot of thought and to us, a thriving community is one that is inclusive, embraces all and at a fundamental level respects each and every person as equal. 

In our work at the Fremantle Foundation, we have witnessed the enormous contribution the LGBTIQ+ community makes to our community. 

We have also seen the effects of a culture that is not supporting our LGBTIQ+ young people. In Australia LGBTIQ+ young people aged 16 – 27 are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime(1) and research estimates that Marriage Equality could prevent 3000 teen suicide attempts a year(2).

We want to recognise our community, donors and supporters who are supporting and working to promote the health and wellbeing of our LGBTIQ+ community.

We hope that within our community this has sparked rich conversations, greater empathy and a stronger commitment to an inclusive Australia. 

We think that Marriage Equality will create a more inclusive community. One that values equality, diversity and human rights. 

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Announcing the Final 4 – Impact100 Fremantle 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the final 4 organisations for Impact100 Fremantle 2017.

Following presentations and a vote from donors the 2nd of November, one of these organisations will be the recipient of the major grant of $100,000 to support Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing.

Caralee Community School ~ Koora Wadi

The Caralee Community School aims to create resilient and civically responsible students who are inspired to strive to achieve academic success in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) highlighted that 4 year old children in Willagee, many of whom are Aboriginal, are more at risk of developing delayed language and cognitive skills, and communication skills compared to state and national data.

Koora Wadi is a proposed pre-kindy program for Aboriginal children between 0-4 years of age to ‘Close the gap’ by  providing early literacy skills and creating pathways for adult literacy opportunities with parents. The program will provide children with the appropriate early literacy lessons with an Aboriginal Early Years Specialist teacher for two half days a week, supported by an Education Assistant . Parents involved with the sessions will also have the opportunity to work with the City of Melville Outreach Librarian to develop adult literacy skills, which can also benefit the children at home.

MyKy ~ Indigenous Heritage Specialists

MyKy was established by Indigenous ex Fremantle Dockers footballer, Scott Chisholm, to address and improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Perth’s south, with a strong focus in Melville and Fremantle areas.

MyKy acknowledges the importance of Indigenous identity in the community and highlights a need for a greater understanding and connection to cultural knowledge by the wider community.

The Indigenous Heritage Specialist training will focus on the development of a team of local Indigenous community members trained in the delivery of unique cultural tours between Melville and Fremantle. This project will provide an opportunity to converse with local elders to build knowledge about sites in the local areas, and the establishment of a locally-based Indigenous tour guide team to work alongside the TR Foundation.

By the end of this project the Fremantle and Melville communities will have a small group of Indigenous tour guides, as well as the creation of a self-guided tour app.

Ngalla Maya ~ Education, Training and Employment Services

Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation taking a holistic approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It tackles core social problems that lead to disparity, supporting each candidate in their journey into training, employment, ongoing mentoring and support; all of this occurs while also supporting the family unit.

As of June 2016, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples comprised 28 per cent of all prisoners despite comprising less than three per cent of the national population. Western Australia incarcerates Aboriginal juveniles at the nation’s highest rate – 56 times of non-Aboriginal youth.

There is an urgency to respond or otherwise in 2025, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will comprise in excess of 50 per cent of the national prison population.Nationally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, aged 10 to 17, comprise 55 per cent of the inmates in juvenile detention.

Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required. Ngalla Maya also partners with the First nation’s Homelessness Project and Advocacy Service to prevent client evictions from public housing to help create stable home environments.

Fremantle PCYC ~ Safe Space

Fremantle PCYC’s Safe Space aims to increase the relationship between youth and the community, along with decreasing offending and anti-social behaviour. Structured activities encourage teamwork and aim to help develop communication skills. 60% of the children involved in Fremantle PCYC’s Safe Space program are Indigenous.

Winning Impact100 Fremantle would allow PCYC to broaden the Safe Space program through the development and delivery of workshops designed to give at-risk young people desperately needed life skills. Delivered over a year, in line with the four terms of the school year the four workshop streams would engage 30x participants per session in learning:

  • Aboriginal Culture – cultural education, dream time and yarning, bush tucker, bush medicine and art.
  • Protective Growth – protective behaviours, cyber safety, mental health, money matters.
  • Employment Skills – projects with Fremantle Men’s Shed, Hilton Harvest, employment pathways and resume writing.
  • Health and Nutrition – health eating and cooking, dental hygiene and exercise.

Underlying the delivery of the workshops and the key to the success of the project is the need for a strong foundation of skilled personnel at Fremantle PCYC to interact daily and build relationships with at-risk young people The project included the employment of youth and social workers for participants.

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Thank You!

Thank you for all those who came to the Fremantle Ball 2017 on Friday 11th August 2017.

Together we raised an incredible $60,000 to support the ongoing work of the Fremantle Foundation.

We’d also like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, without who the Fremantle Ball could not have happened.

Thank you to our:

  • Platinum Sponsor TAMS Group,
  • Gold Sponsor The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges and
  • Silver Sponsor Tangelo Creative.

As well as thanks to all our generous Auction Donors and our Food and Beverage Sponsors:

  • Plantagenet Wines
  • Little Creatures
  • Otherside Brewing Co.
  • Old Bridge Cellars
  • Graze by Sherin Pourzand
  • Craig Mostyn Group
  • Linley Valley Pork
  • Sealanes
  • Global Seafood Distributors


Our photographer JP has been working tirelessly since Friday night to ensure we could share the photographs from the evening ASAP.

Click here to view all the photographs from the evening on our Facebook Page – Fremantle Foundation

We’re currently uploading high resolution versions of all images to a dropbox folder and will share the link on our Facebook page tomorrow evening so you and your friends can download and print any of the images.

Photos by Jean-Paul Horré | | 0417 079 950

Be sure to head over to our Facebook Page to find your photographs and tag your friends.

We hope you had a wonderful time on Friday night at the Fremantle Ball and hope to see you back again next year.

We’re always available to to meet with you and discuss what we do and how we can help you with your philanthropy so feel free to contact us.

Dylan, Hannah and The Fremantle Foundation Team

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Three Ways You Can Continue To Support The Fremantle Foundation & Your Local Community

Download and Read The Fremantle’s Vital Signs Report

In a first for our community, we take a snapshot of Fremantle’s vital statistics including the Gap Between Rich & Poor, Health, Learning and Belonging. Click Here to Download.

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Donate to Impact100 Fremantle

Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to get involved in giving and together make a significant impact in the greater Fremantle community.

Click Here to become a Donor of Impact100 Fremantle 2017

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Start Your own Named Fund with The Fremantle Foundation

Starting your own named fund is a great way to get involved in philanthropy and make an ongoing difference. We believe philanthropy is for everyone so have made setting up a charitable fund as simple and rewarding as possible.

Join other individuals, families and businesses and set up your own Named Fund to give to causes you care about.

Click Here to learn more about Named Funds or get in touch with us to set up a meeting and learn more.

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We hope you had a wonderful time on Friday night at the Fremantle Ball and hope to see you back again next year.

We’re always available to to meet with you and discuss what we do and how we can help you with your philanthropy so feel free to contact us.

Dylan, Hannah and the Fremantle Foundation Team

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Online Auction Supporting The Fremantle Foundation

This year we’ve taken the Silent Auction for the Fremantle Ball online!

The Silent Auction is open to everyone, so regardless of whether or not you’re attending the Fremantle Ball this Friday 11th August 2017 you can still hop online and start bidding.

Click here to check out the online Silent Auction and register to start your bidding.

Bidding for the Silent Auction will close at 10.30PM AWSTFriday 11th August 2017.

Accommodation Special at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Our Gold Sponsors and hosts – the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges are offering a special accommodation rate for guests on the night of the Fremantle Ball.

The first 20 bookings for Friday night will receive the special rate of $139 including breakfast.

Call the Reservations team on 9432 4000 now to redeem!

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Night Hoops – creating belonging

A sense of belonging to a wider social group can be a powerful positive influence in the lives of young people. It can help them form lasting relationships, learn about respect and co-operation, and provide them with role models to emulate. And one of the most effective ways of creating a sense of belonging among young people is to get them involved in sport.

This fact was the driving force in the creation of Night Hoops, an inclusion, diversion, and engagement program that uses basketball as a means to reach young people in need. For over three years in the Fremantle/Cockburn area, Night Hoops has run regular six-week tournaments on Saturday nights, and these open the way to wider lessons in belonging and participation. It’s not so much about winning, as participation, engagement and respect.

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The locked-door events combine basketball games with compulsory life-skills workshops and a healthy meal for all participants, and positive behaviour is rewarded with prizes. The workshops can cover such diverse topics as managing money and didgeridoo playing. Run by volunteers who coach and supervise, Night Hoops helps to create important connections within the community, making it more inclusive and safer for all.

In addition, the older participants are encouraged to mentor younger players, which provides the dual benefit of role modelling and giving the younger kids an aspirational incentive – they know that if they do the right thing one day they will be the role models. The results of the Night Hoops program have been outstanding across several communities, and there is no doubt that it has helped to motivate some of the kids to go on to apprenticeships, get scholarships and join the services, and some return as tournament managers after they reach 18 years.

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The cost of a program like Night Hoops compared to the constructive social outcomes it produces make it a sensible and beneficial investment for the whole community – people who belong care about the community they live in. Through a major grant of $100,000 from the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle initiative, Night Hoops will deliver tournaments in the Fremantle area throughout 2017 and 2018.

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