Local community organisation, OneStep Alliance, has been awarded 1 of 100 Westpac Foundation Community Grants for not-for-profits, valued at $10,000. The annual initiative aims to ensure that all Australians have the best possible chance to succeed and to assist those who are helping create better futures for Australians.
The Sippy Downs-based organisation works with children and young people to develop positive relationships with each other and with their community. Their mission is to “encourage, empower and equip children and young people who are disengaged and experiencing hardship and create opportunities for them to positively connect with one another and with their community.” With the assistance of the Westpac Foundation Community Grant, these goals will be even more achievable.
OneStep Alliance President Graham Kell says the Drive 100 Hours initiative, supported by the Westpac Foundation, provides hope for unemployed young people who cannot find a job because they do not have a license, and who don’t have a license because their background prevents them from getting the required 100 hours of learner- driver instruction.
“Not only do we remove that barrier, but we build their confidence and quality of life through the mentoring they receive from their instructors and the reward they achieve from learning to drive,” he says.
Westpac Regional General Manager for the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast Sharyn Rice is delighted to present organisations such as OneStep Alliance and Wishlist with Westpac Foundation Community Grants with a combined total of $20,000.
“These organisations will now be able to continue their fantastic work on the Sunshine Coast, providing much needed support for youth at risk,” she says.
Over the past five years, Westpac Foundation Community Grants have provided more than $707,183 to Queensland not-for-profits who are making a difference locally. 100 per cent of the funds raised during the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon in support of Westpac Foundation will go towards Community Grants for Queensland charities in 2017.
For more information on Westpac Foundation Community Grants and this year’s recipients, please visit: westpacfoundation.org.au