Nelson Alexander Foundation Day 2018
Nelson Alexander’s Foundation Day is almost here again!
We are proud to announce that it will be held on Saturday 19th May 2018.
What is Foundation Day?
Nelson Alexander’s Foundation Day is the day that we do something special! It’s the day that each of our seventeen offices donates the professional fee from one of their auctions to a chosen local charity, making it our major annual fundraiser.
How did Foundation Day start?
Foundation Day is an initiative of the Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation, which was established, and continues to be managed by staff – maximising their participation in community service and fundraising events for worthwhile local causes.
Since its inception, the Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation has been a resounding success and has distributed over $2.25 million dollars to our local community.
Eating Disorders Family Australia (EDFA)
Eating Disorders Family Australia (EDFA) was established by a group of Australian parents who have cared for and treated a young person with an eating disorder.
Their mission is to facilitate and advocate for families and carers to ensure they are supported, equipped and acknowledged as a central part of optimising the recovery process for the person with the eating disorder.
The Brunswick Learning Space
The Brunswick Learning Space provides a diverse and engaging program for students who are experiencing difficulties in their home school and are struggling to engage.
Supporting students attending state secondary schools within the North Western Region, eligible students have the opportunity to participate in a one term program that will challenge patterns of behaviour, build self-confidence and develop self-awareness.
World Vision: Young Mob Program, Parkville Juvenile Justice Centre
Young Mob Leaders Program, through World Vision Australia, is a positive youth development program that equips the Indigenous participants with the cultural knowledge and values which strengthen the development of a positive self-identity and essential life skills.
Our Foundation Day funds will be used to help bring the Young Mob program to the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre at Parkville, assisting approximately 20 young people aged 11-19 (who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander).
Coburg High School
Coburg High School’s central purpose is to educate the young people of the Coburg community, to ensure that students graduate to lead rewarding, responsible, prosperous, healthy and happy lives and to enable them to contribute to the world.
They intend to use the Foundation Day funds to create a library space, which they currently do not have. The purchase of student desks, chairs, charging points/ work stations, student couches, carrels for silent study and other amenities will help create a first-class resource centre for students to accomplish the goals of achieving academic excellence.
The Burnet Institute’s mission is to achieve better health outcomes for vulnerable communities both locally and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions.
The institute applied for funding to purchase a 3D printer. Objects that would be prohibitive to obtain due to expense or difficulty in accessing, can be created in-house with researcher input rather than from a costly external resource. This piece of equipment will be incredibly beneficial to researchers at the Burnet Institute, working across a range of health areas.
Crepes for Change
Crepes for Change is a non-profit social enterprise with the vision of eliminating youth homelessness in Australia. Crepes for Change harnesses the power of social enterprise to generate profits which support organisations to provide housing, while simultaneously running their own outreach program which proves employment and training opportunities for young people experiencing homelessness.
Foundation Day funds will be directed towards the purchase of an additional coffee cart, dedicated to private events. The training and employment offered through the Coffee Cart program will equip trainees with hospitality skills; transferable skills that can help them gain employment anywhere.
VincentCare is embarking on a major redevelopment and expansion of its inner Melbourne Hub, Ozanam House, to develop a purpose built, world-class accommodation facility offering an onsite integrated Homeless Resource Centre.
This redevelopment will respond to the needs of the Melbourne community to tackle homelessness in a way that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive, utilising a model informed by international and Australian best practice and evidence.
The funds from Foundation Day will go directly towards the equipment and fit out costs for new clinical rooms and purpose-built spaces that will deliver medical care, allied health, wellbeing support and vocational services.
Helping Hands Mission
Helping Hands Mission Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that runs seven opportunity shops across Melbourne and rural Victoria and provides emergency support to Victorian families and individuals who are suffering as a result of extreme circumstances.
They also run Work for the Dole programs, giving job seekers the opportunity to develop their skills and improve employability, along with a a free lunch, morning and afternoon tea service five days per week from their Airport West Community Kitchen.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25-year olds, along with assistance in promoting young people’s’ wellbeing.
They cover four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
Flemington People’s Pantry
Flemington People’s Pantry is a community made up of friends and volunteers and is supported by the Newmarket Baptist Church.
They seek to create spaces of food, friendship and faith; welcome, work and worship; where all are invited; where there is a place of honour for those considered least; and where the miracle of enough for all to eat, share and be satisfied is celebrated.
Pat Cronin Foundation
On Saturday the 16th of April 2016, Pat Cronin went out to a local bar for a quiet night with friends and was punched from behind whilst assisting a mate. He was taken to hospital, where two days later his family made the agonising decision to turn off his life support system.
His family are determined that Pat’s life be honoured and that no other family should face the devastation they now face as a result of his senseless death.
The intention of the Pat Cronin Foundation is to honour Pat and to prevent coward punch attacks through awareness, education & research.
Kids off the Kerb
Our Place is a community café and space run by Kids off the Kerb, a not-for-profit social enterprise.
Our Place is supported by both the volunteers who believe in a better future for young people and the community who contribute to this cause.
The aim at Our Place is to grow a thriving community hub and social enterprise incubator, with space available to other community groups to collaborate on projects and share ideas and experiences.
Queer Youth Group
Queer Youth Group provides a welcoming, safe space for young people from across the local Moonee Valley area who identify as LGBTIQ to regularly hangout, create events, support each other, and express who they are.
Established in 2009, E.motion21 started on the wish of a little girl with Down Syndrome that just wanted to dance and a mother who wanted her daughter to have the same opportunities as other children.
E.motion21 is a community based not-for-profit provider of evidence-based learning programs for children and young adults with Down syndrome.
The Foundation funds will provide the opportunity to design and implement targeted nutrition education programs for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families/support network. The aim is to inform and inspire healthy eating in participants to better meet the physical and health requirements of this group leading to better life outcomes.
Jika Jika Community Centre
Jika Jika Community Centre is a Neighbourhood House located in Northcote, which strives to be an accessible and responsive resource for the local residents. They have a vision for a vibrant community that is connected, compassionate, and fair; underpinned by opportunity, goodwill and respect.
Sussex Neighbourhood House
Sussex Neighbourhood House is a community hub committed to providing lifelong learning; offering social activities that are inclusive, accessible and sustainable for the local community.
Preston Salvation Army Family Support Service
When you’re facing a crisis, the local Salvation Army office in Preston is there to help meet the immediate needs of you and your family.
Their programmes include emergency relief to relieve the stresses facing you each day including homelessness, food insecurity and lack of suitable clothing for your children.
They also offer community lunches and a drop-in centre which provides tea & coffee, access to newspapers and the ability to enjoy a game of table tennis or eight-ball.
Children’s Protection Society
Children’s Protection Society (CPS) is proud of its long and rich history of over 120 years and its mission and journey of preventing child abuse and neglect in Victoria.
They offer a range of services to children, young people and families and deal everyday with complex issues of sexual abuse, neglect of children, family violence, homelessness, poverty, mental health, drug and alcohol issues and the trauma that these have on the lives of children and families.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these properties, helping us to make this Foundation Day our best ever!