Success at the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards!

We were recently honoured to win the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce’s Fremantle Business Awards 2017.

And we were extremely proud of our Executive Officer Dylan Smith who was awarded the Most Outstanding Personal Achievement Award. It was fantastic to see Dylan recognised for his ongoing contribution to the Fremantle community and tireless work leading the Fremantle Foundation.

Making the night even more incredible, a surprise donation was announced at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Seacorp Managing Director Craig Thompson pledged to donate $50,000 to the joint winners of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award – the Fremantle Foundation (us) and Black Swan Health!

We have since met with Mr Thompson and are thrilled they have decided to use their donation to the Fremantle Foundation to establish a Named Fund. It is wonderful to see Fremantle businesses, like Seacorp, demonstrating their own corporate social responsibility and embracing philanthropy to support the Fremantle community.

We wouldn’t exist without the support and generosity of our donors, Board Members, Committee Members and volunteers so would like to extend our thanks to you! We love our Fremantle community.

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NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

The City of Fremantle have an exciting schedule of events you can participate in for NAIDOC Week. We’d recommend checking out the NAIDOC Week Opening EventSean Choolburra Live in the Heart of Hilton and the Buds and Blooms NAIDOC Week special.

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Let’s Have a Yarn

This year we’ve decided we want to create more opportunities for our donors.

So along with giving our Impact100 Fremantle donors the opportunity to come along for every step of the granting process, this year we’re offering a number of events related to our 2017 focus of Aboriginal health and well being.

We’ve teamed up with our friend’s at ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness) to offer you the opportunity to participate in Yarn, a program that facilitates an understanding of cultural identity, shared history and reconciliation.

A vital step in moving towards reconciliation is to ensure all Australians know about Australia’s shared history, Australia’s First Peoples and the world’s oldest surviving culture.

Join us and let’s have a YARN

Please join us over two consecutive Mondays to have a Yarn with fellow Impact100 Fremantle donors.

WHEN:   6.00-8.00PM, Monday 24th July and Monday 31st July, 2017

WHERE: Old Boys School Fremantle, 92 Adelaide Street Fremantle WA 6160

Light refreshments provided.

The Yarn Sessions are limited to 20 people so get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out!

Click Here to RSVP to the Yarn Sessions

Wait, but what is Yarn?

Yarn is exactly that – a yarn! A safe space to have courageous conversations about race, racism and reconciliation. Through open discussion and interactive learning, Yarn works to eliminate ignorance and challenge some of the inherited attitudes and biases that prevent reconciliation from moving forward.

Yarn makes our communities more inclusive by building respect for Aboriginal cultures and peoples and fostering young leaders who are culturally responsive.

We hope you’ll join us for a Yarn, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Introducing the Impact100 Fremantle Shortlist for 2017

We’ve reached an exciting milestone in the Impact100 Fremantle journey for 2017.

Last week some of our donors gathered to review the Impact100 Fremantle EOI applications and create a shortlist of applicants to be invited to continue on the journey, through the submission of a full application and hosting a site visit with donors.

Today we’re thrilled to announce the 6 shortlisted organisations and tell you a bit more about them.

This is the first glimpse at the projects that will shape our communities future and provide us with unique insight into the challenges and opportunities for improving Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in our area.


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.

Outcare ~ Korl Bilya

Outcare is a non-profit provider of rehabilitation services in Western Australia.

The name of the program is Korl Bilya (Return to River). Whadjuk-Nyoongar people have an ancient relationship with the Swan River, and were chiefly responsible for maintaining its health for nearly 40,000 years. The Swan River (known as Derbarl Yerrigan or Narlak Beeliar) was significant to Nyoongar people for a variety of reasons; including use for hunting and fishing purposes, sacred Dreaming sites (Creation stories of the Wagyl, marriage unions, and also for its medicinal properties.

It is believed the Swan River can once again become a place of healing for disengaged, disempowered Nyoongar people, and that a working relationship between Outcare and our First Australians with the Swan River will promote greatly improved health and wellbeing outcomes.

Winning Impact100 Fremantle would allow the program to run for 12 months with up to 12 participants per week from the Fremantle area.


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.


Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company ~ Noongar Shakespeare Sonnets

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company contributes to the evolution of the Australian performing arts sector by projecting a strong Aboriginal voice through live performance.

Yirra Yaakin wish to establish an annual Noongar Shakespeare Sonnets (NSS) Challenge for young people aged 14+ and community groups in the Fremantle area to continue this endangered language and culture.

The NSS Workshops teaches Shakespeare’s sonnets in traditional Noongar language. The program is run and delivered by Aboriginal people and plans to reach 300-450 participants.

Noongar language is an endangered language, with less than 400 fluent speakers within the Noongar nation. This project aims to grow the number of children and community members with an understanding of Noongar language and culture.

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Donor Story: The Kai Eardley Fund

We’ve been incredibly busy in the office and reached a new milestone of 35 Named Funds held with the Fremantle Foundation!

Today we share with you the story behind our 35th Named Fund, The Kai Eardley Fund.


Above: Kai (far right) with his brothers Cameron and Joey.

Kai Eardley, a 20-year-old East Fremantle boy with a lot to live for, ended his life in July 2016 after struggling with anxiety and depression.

Wanting to create a legacy for her son Kai and to prevent others from committing suicide Claire started researching how to set up her own charity.

However, setting up a charity can be complicated, costly and time consuming – the Eardley family found a solution through a Named Fund with the Fremantle Foundation.

The Fremantle Foundation allows the Eardley family to effectively give back to the local community and to be involved with how funds raised are disbursed.

The Kai Eardley Fund was established and receiving donations within 24hours!

The family’s mission is to create a positive change for the mental health of the youth of today.

Donations will directly support the delivery of a peer-based program available to young men, which helps to erase the tough macho stigma associated with our Australian male culture, and provides them with some skills to navigate mental illness and crises they will inevitably endure in life.

The Kai Eardley Fund presents Pilates for a Purpose: 24 hour pilates fundraiser

To launch the Kai Eardley Fund, Kai’s family are hosting a 24 hour pilates marathon fundraiser 19-20th May.

Over the course of 24 hours, 20 minute slots of reformer pilates (instructed by a physio) will be available via donation to attend.

Additional to pilates, the Kai Eardley Fund will be running a variety of family friendly events over the course of 24 hours.

This event will provide an opportunity to raise funds for an important cause, whilst brining together the local community to join forces in raising awareness for youth mental health.


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An Update on the Past Winners of Impact100

Find out what some of our past winners have been up to. We look forward to continuing to share updates from our past winners as Impact100 Fremantle continues to grow!

Night Hoops

Since winning Impact100 Fremantle in November last year Night Hoops have gone from strength to strength.

The $100,000 grant will ensure 8x six week basketball tournaments are run in the greater Fremantle area over the next two years, engaging at-risk, disadvantage young kids.

The second tournament for 2017 in Fremantle, Night Hoops Southside, begins Saturday 13th May and you can sign up to volunteer here.

Night Hoops are also taking five girls from the Fremantle tournament to Singapore later this year, to represent Night Hoops at an international basketball competition.

And Night Hoops momentum isn’t stopping – along with the existing tournaments in Midland and Mandurah, Night Hoops tournaments will start in the Shire of Murray (Pinjarra) and Northam this year.


Growing Change

Growing Change have achieved a lot in such a short space of time since winning Impact100 Fremantle in 2015.

With the $100,000 grant they completely transformed an unused bowling green into the incredible Fremantle Social Farm in the middle of North Fremantle.

Fremantle Social Farm grows vegetables for local Fremantle cafes and restaurants, and in November last year the first group of social horticulture program participants graduated!

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Unfortunately Growing Change’s Founder and CEO Renée Gardiner suffered a stroke-like episode on Christmas Eve and has subsequently spent the last 4 months in and out of hospitals, specialist rooms, blood labs, radiography clinics and doctors suites.

As you can imagine this has been a shock to Renée and the Growing Change team.

Whilst Renée’s brain has healed itself completely (yay!), her heart has quite a large hole in it which means she is now preparing to undergo open heart surgery in the coming months.

This has meant Renée has had to make the difficult decision to step down from her role as CEO of Growing Change and it’s day to day running to focus on her health and wellbeing. Renée is now the proud Patron of Growing Change and is about to begin blogging about preparing for her upcoming surgery. You can show your love and support for Renée by following her blog, Unzipped, here.

And in the midst of her health dramas Renée was awarded a Business News #40Under40 Award for her work with Growing Change – congratulations Renée!

Whilst Renée focuses on her health and wellbeing, the Growing Change Board have been hard at work behind the scenes to prepare the Fremantle Social Farm for this new phase.

Farmer Harry recently planted a cover crop at the Fremantle Social Farm to rejuvenate the soil in readiness for the next crops to be planted.

Growing Change and the Fremantle Social Farm have an incredible launching pad, in the form of farm infrastructure and a highly successful 2016 to continue into 2017 and beyond thanks to the generosity of Impact100 Fremantle donors.

We look forward to continuing to support Growing Change and sharing their future success stories with you!

100 Hampton Road Kitchen

Winning Impact100 Fremantle in 2014 saw the installation of a commercial kitchen at 100 Hampton Road for the residents.

100 Hampton Road is a residence for 192 men and women run by Foundation Housing. The lodge provides furnished accommodation for single people with 24 shared kitchens, bathrooms and communal areas. Residents from the lodge come from diverse backgrounds and are often some of the most underprivileged in our community.

Since the commercial kitchen was installed Chef extraordinaire Sophie Budd, of TasteBudds Cooking Studio, has been volunteering her time on Mondays to help the residents of 100 Hampton Road cook up a storm.

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An example of what is cooked in just one day includes:

  • savoury muffins,
  • good old ham and tomato sandwiches made with gourmet bread,
  • stuffed rice capsicums,
  • al dente pasta with gorgeous creamy mushroom sauce,
  • fresh garden and fruit salads,
  • grilled tuna cheese toasties,
  • stir fry veggies with omelettes,
  • Hungarian goulash with wedges of buttered bread,
  • mushroom soup,
  • an amazing rhubarb and apple crumble,
  • chocolate cakes, fruit cakes, strawberry and chocolate mousses.

The leftovers are then packaged up for the residents and keeps them going for a few days!

At the end of March, the cook up at 100 Hampton Road was put on hold for the immediate future by Sophie and Foundation Housing. They plan to hold a large community meeting where all stakeholders, volunteers and residents can sit down and create a plan for the future use of the kitchen. We’ll be sure to let you know details of this meeting so you can attend!


Dismantle were the winners of the very first Impact100 Fremantle in 2013 and have continued to flourish since then.

Dismantle’s purpose is to enable at-risk young people to be valued and valuable members of society. Dismantle use the bicycle as a tool to empower young people to engage in education and employment pathways.

In 2015 Dismantle were Finalists in the Organisational Achievement Award at the WA Youth Awards.

Dismantle have been delivering and developing BikeRescue for five years now and say it is “hands down the most effective initiative we’ve created”.

Dismantle recently received a $30,000 Jetstar Flying Start Grant to pilot their highly successful BikeRescue and BikeTherapy programs in regional and remote Western Australian communities. They have also recently partnered with Social Venture Australia to continue to scale BikeRescue across WA.

And to think…it all started with an Impact100 Fremantle grant of $100,000!

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