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SA/NT COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Challa Gardens Primary School

"Giving the students of Challa Gardens Primary School opportunity to get a better education"

How does your nominated community project benefit your community?

Challa Gardens Primary school serves a diverse community, 75% percent of their students come from a language other than English background and 90% of their student are from severely financially disadvantaged families.  The staff at Challa Gardens are brilliant and want the best for their students, but are hampered by budget restrictions. Many of the students at Challa Gardens are critically behind in their basic literacy and numeracy development as the school does not have the available funds to provide sufficient resources for the students.    

Being awarded this prize would enable Challa Gardens to fully implement and extend their QuickSmart numeracy program. “The prime purpose of the QuickSmart program is to reverse the trend of ongoing poor academic performance for students who have been struggling at school for several years and who are caught in a cycle of continued failure.”    

As well as educational resources the staff at Challa Gardens have been known to help students with simple basics, like stationery, uniform items, bus tickets and a variety of other daily essentials. More often than not these items are paid for by the staff themselves. Funds from the prize would allow them to have a stockpile of items available at need. The $5000 would have a positive impact on the entire Challa Gardens School community, from the individual students, to the teachers, to the struggling families that can’t always afford to give their kids everything they need for school.

How would your nominated community project spend the $5,000 prize money?

The $5,000 prize money would be used to fund the wishlist for Challa Gradens School. Some items on the wishlist are QuickSmart numeracy flash card kits, iPads or Android tablets to allow more students to use QuickSmart, new sets of readers - such as reading eggs for years 2, indigenous books for the library, stationery, uniforms and bus tickets.

Bush Medicine Garden

"Aim is to create products to help people"

How does your nominated community project benefit your company?

We are Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation; also known as Western Desert Dialysis or ‘PURPLE HOUSE’. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with renal failure, reunite families and reduce the incidence of kidney disease in our communities. We are run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people and work to provide culturally appropriate dialysis services in remote communities, helping people to get home to country and family. 

We are a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) based in Alice Springs. In 2013 our social enterprise won the ETHICAL ENTERPRISE AWARD presented by Moral Fairground. Our WELLBEING PROGRAM is a dynamic social enterprise that acknowledges the importance of culture as an essential element of health and well being and facilitates the practice, preservation and sharing of Aboriginal culture with younger generations and the wider community. Dislocated to Alice Springs from their home communities, dialysis patients experience longing for the traditional remedies used in the bush to remind them of home. Patients and staff of the Purple House in Alice Springs work together to collect the plants to make up bush balms for sharing to help cope with the sadness they experienced in being separated from their country and family. These products are also sold to raise much-needed funds to support our programs. We would like to enhance this program by expanding our bush garden to increase the variety of native plants for use in our ‘bush balms’ range of products.

How would your nominated community project spend the $5,000 prize money?

We have permission from our local Council to use an area of land adjoining the Purple House.  The closure of an adjacent lane way will allow us to incorporate this space into our existing garden to allow room for expansion. We will need to fence the new area and build new garden beds with watering systems. The $5,000 prize money would cover the full cost of incorporating the new space into our existing garden with fencing, garden beds and watering systems. The ongoing maintenance of the garden will be managed by the social enterprise and with volunteer labour.

Fulham United Soccer Club

"Give us the opportunity to become the best"

How does your nominated community project benefit your community?

When I first started playing for fulham in 2010 at 12 years old, they were a developing club looking for all the support they can get. Six years on, they have gained hundreds of new players and staff, new changerooms and are climbing the divisional ladders every year. I have much respect for this club (as do many others) because they turned me into the player I am today and made me appreciate and love Soccer more than ever before. Fulham has always focussed on player development rather than winning and for nation with soccer developing, these are exactly the clubs needed.

How would your nominated community project spend the $5,000 prize money?

In order to become an official Premier League Club; Fulham must purchase a new fence and seats for their main pitch by 2017. The $5,000 prize money would be very helpful towards this cause and greatly appreciated by all representatives of the club.

Tea Tree Gully District Football Club

"Bring people together, people of all different nationalities and ages"

How does your nominated community project benefit your company?

The Tea Tree Gully District Football Club have 450 registered junior players  plus we also have 140 registered senior footballers at the club.  This benefits all involved through fitness friendship community get togethers.  It brings people together, people of all different nationalities and ages. It is club for all.

How would your nominated community project spend the $5,000 prize money?

We would use this money to get new jumpers balls and other training equipment plus to be able to add some extra equipment to our gym.

Modbury Jets Soccer Club

"Encouraging kids to get out and about"

How does your nominated community project benefit your community?

At our soccer club, we encourage to get the kids out and about. We provide the opportunity to kids to play sports. 

How would your nominated community project spend the $5,000 prize money?

The funds would help in maintaining high quality pitches for the kids to play on and upgrading the equipment they use.