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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, nib foundation is hosting ‘Pitch for a Healthy Cause’ – a special grant round where three charities will be selected to share in $100,000 in funding – and now it’s time for you to have your say!
After accepting dozens of applications from small charities across the Hunter region who work to improve the health and wellbeing of their community, we’ve narrowed it down to three finalists. In October, these finalists will pitch their charitable concept at our special Pitch Night where $90,000 of a total $100,000 in funding will be divvied up between the charities.
But, as well as pledging the $90,000, we’re giving power to the people so that you can give back to the charity you think is most worthy or will have the most impact. To help us give away the remaining $10,000, we are inviting you to vote in our People’s Choice Vote1.
So, check out the three finalist videos below and vote for your favourite. The organisation with the most votes will be awarded the $10,000 People’s Choice Vote1.
Combining Iron Man-inspired technology with research-backed science, The Australian Institute of Neuro-Rehabilitation aims to improve the lives of people living with brain and spinal cord damage. Research has shown that movement and exercise for people confined to a wheelchair is essential to minimising circulation problems, infections, obesity and aiding in further recovery; however it can require up to four therapists to help the person – meaning there’s a lack of affordable options.
To overcome this, The Australian Institute of Neuro-Rehabilitation has launched HELLEN to the Newcastle/Hunter region, a world first free-standing exoskeleton that provides robotic therapy to those with a disability, helping them stand and exercise without the huge expense and labour demand on therapists. The exoskeleton will increase safety, maximising the effectiveness of exercises and, importantly, make for a more dignified experience for the individual.
Focussed on helping our most vulnerable, Share the Dignity provides the basic feminine hygiene necessities to those experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. In 2017, Share the Dignity launched Australia’s first Dignity Vending Machine (DVM) based off research that found that there’s still a stigma attached to this natural bodily function, especially among young girls. This machine has been designed to dispense a free period pack containing enough sanitary products to assist a woman for 24 hours.
With funding from nib foundation, Share the Dignity hope to launch a DVM machine at the Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Services – a place that provides a range of supervised social, recreational and educational activities for young people between 12-20 years. Not only will the machine be available to those who are partaking in Aboriginal education programs, but it will also be accessible to 600 Cessnock High School students next door who might be struggling with the affordability of sanitary items.
Almost half of the Australian population has suffered a mental health disorder at some time in their life and Waves of Wellness (WOW) are using surf therapy programs to educate people that it’s OK not to be OK – and you don’t have to ever go it alone. The charity believes that mental health is not just about dealing with a crisis, but about finding healthy outlets for all of us, whether we’re struggling, recovering or doing perfectly fine. To date, WOW has delivered over 31 mental health surfing programs to people across NSW, with incredible results.
Using funding from nib foundation, Waves of Wellness hopes to design and pilot a trauma-specific program for young people in the Hunter region. This program would be the first of its kind and is scalable, meaning it has the potential to impact thousands of young people across the globe. WOW’s innovative approach to mental health support is attracting people from far and wide, who would otherwise shy away from accessing mainstream support.
Vote for the charity that you think deserves the $10,000. Stay tuned, because the winner of the People’s Choice vote will be announced at our Pitch for a Healthy Cause event on October 17 as well as on The Check Up.
nib foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which provides up to $2 million in funding annually to charities that work to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians across the country. Since it was established in 2008, nib foundation has granted $17 million in funding to more than 100 charities with the aim of helping people and communities live healthier lives.
1Voting closes 11.59pm AEST 30 September 2018. One vote per person. Winning charity of the People’s Choice Vote to be announced at Pitch for a Healthy Cause event on 17 October 2018.