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Meridian Charities 2015
Sideffect’s mission is to provide education and awareness to Australians about the fatal dangers of synthetic drug use. The ultimate objective is to decrease the demand for these horrendous party drugs in our community, a similar outcome to that which has been achieved by the Anti Smoking campaign.
Sideffect was formed in October 2014 as result of a needless tragedy by a grieving father who took action and has created a voice to educate and make others aware of the fatal danger of taking synthetic drugs. That voice is Sideffect.
Meridian’s Giving Circle awarded Side Effect $25,000 in 2016, to assist in furthering implement their ‘Sideffect Aware’ program.
The Fogarty Foundation
The Fogarty Foundation (Foundation) aims to advance social change through educational initiatives. With the ability to identify unmet needs and pilot new models, the Foundation gathers support from its networks in the government, corporate and social sectors and applies entrepreneurial and business principles to its activities and programs to achieve a ripple effect of greater outcomes and long-term impact.
Meridian’s Giving Circle awarded the Fogarty Foundation $15,000 in 2016, to see delivery of their program to 16 schools.
Fair Game was established by Dr John Van Bockxmeer in 2010 with a full pilot year in 2011.
Fair Game works in disadvantaged communities, including with indigenous Australians, migrants and refugees, low socio-economic status Australians, mental health sufferers and chronic disease sufferers. We operate across WA including Perth, the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and the Wheatbelt. In 2015 we have also launched a hub in NSW and piloted our first trip to the Northern Territory.
Meridian’s Giving Circle awarded Fair Game $10,000 in 2016, to to further expand their reach as well as ensuring they can sustainably support communities year after year.
Meridian Charities 2014
Manna Inc’s Hot ‘n’ Healthy Meals program provides a freshly cooked three course meal to the homeless and struggling people of Perth six nights a week at an inner city park. Feeding the disadvantaged is one of the most underfunded community programs. Even though Manna has received accolades and awards from government bodies, the Meridian Giving Circle Award of $20,000 was its first substantial grant to fund this program which provides in excess of 90,000 meals annually. The Hot ‘n’ Healthy program is a vital service which assists those struggling to get back on their feet after falling into unfortunate circumstances.
Manna Inc’s clients include families and individuals from all walks of life, some who have been on the street for a while and others whose faces are new. For many of those fed, this could be their only meal of the day.
The Meridian Giving Circle Award has impacted hundreds of lives through the meals which Manna provides. Although Manna Inc receives some food donations, they pride themselves in providing freshly cooked hot and healthy nutritious meals. This grant has been used to cover food costs, purchase take away containers which all meals are packaged in and thanks to the award, this summer Manna Inc were also able to offer the ‘streeties’ bottled water on days when the temperature hit over 35 degrees.
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is a structured educational program provided for Indigenous kids to access throughout their high schooling experience. Students completing the program are proven to finish school and transition through to university and employment at the same rate as every Australian child – effectively closing the gap in educational outcomes.
Meridian’s Giving Circle awarded AIME $10,000 for 2015, allowing AIME to continue and expand its operations in Western Australia.
The targeted amount of students in the AIME WA 2015 program is just over 1,000 spread across the university sites outlined on the map below. The program has started at some sites with a strong cohort of students attending from more than 50 schools in the broader Perth, Bunbury and Rockingham areas. In 2014, AIME WA program included 695 Indigenous high school students from 53 schools.
The $20,000 funding provided through the Meridian Giving Circle has been able to support the Zero2Heroproject, Camp Hero, which goes a long way to preventing the leading cause of death for Australian’s under the age of 44. Camp Hero is a youth leadership camp, run by Zero2Hero, that aims to equip students with the skills required to become mental health leaders and ambassadors in their community.
37 young student leaders who graduated from Camp Hero, and are now educated about mental health and trained in suicide first aid. 92% of students reported increased knowledge of mental health. 100% of students reported increased knowledge of mental health service available to them. 97% of students reported increased knowledge of how to support a friend with a mental illness. 73% students increased their confidence talking about suicide. 89% of students reported an increase confidence contacting a mental health provider. All students over 14 received an accreditation in Safe Talk and those under received training on how to have a conversation about mental illness.
Previously supported Meridian Charities
The $25,000 grant from Meridian has built 12 houses in the remote Ta Pech Village in Kandal Province of Cambodia. The village is located several kilometres away from any main roads and as such services such as markets, clinics and schools is very difficult and the result is that the people living in this area have no sanitation or fresh water supplies and are extremely poor, illiterate and unemployed.
The 12 houses donated by Meridian are now occupied and in total 76 children from 16 families now have a safe place to call home. In addition, 150 families have been registered on the savings program with another 50 to be registered, giving them the opportunity to receive a new home and the Meridian donation has also provided 10 water wells which will be installed over the coming few months.
What an amazing difference your donation to Meridian has made to the lives of the families in Ta Pech Village, Cambodia.
The $12,500 grant from Meridian has provided Street Doctor with a significant boost to its capital replacement program. Street Doctor relies solely on non-government funding sources to ensure its medical equipment is maintained at an appropriate standard and since receiving the donation from Meridian has been able to purchase essential equipment for diagnosing and treating conditions which would be undetectable without such technology. Investments in a defibrillator, dermatoscope, tympanometer, pulse oximeter and cryopen will manifest themselves into producing better health outcomes for the marginalised and homeless populations that Street Doctor serves, who would otherwise not have access to medical attention.
The $12,500 grant from Meridian was contributed towards the Boys Recovery Project which works with boy survivors of sexual abuse, trafficing and exploitation to provide a safe house for their recovery and healing. Through support from counsellors, caregivers, health staff, social workers and teachers the boys are enabled to know restoration and given opportunities to fulfil their potential in all areas of life, essentially working to strengthen them to return safely and confidently to live in their community.
The project directly benefits 40 boys and indirectly benefits 244 people.
Opportunity International Australia
Opportunity International Australia provides small loans to families in developing countries to help them start a business, earn an income and leave poverty behind. By helping a mother buy a sewing machine to start a tailoring business or a father buy seeds to plant a vegetable garden, small loans enable them to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. With 98% of loans recycled, the impact continues year after year.
Find out more at www.opportunity.org.au
The Smith Family – Let’s Read, itrack and Tertiary mentoring programs
The Smith Family is a national, independent, social enterprise that supports disadvantaged Australian children to create a better future through education.
Since inception, Meridian has committed $10,000 to support The Smith Family’s Let’s Read program which is an early childhood literacy initiative developed by the Centre for Community Child Health in partnership with The Smith Family. It aims to get more parents reading aloud with their babies and toddlers in a bid to improve Australia’s literacy levels. Meridian is also providing mentors into The Smith Family’s itrack and Tertiary mentoring program which matches students with mentors who have achieved professional success in the students’ chosen field of interest. This is in keeping with Meridian’s core value of empowerment.
For more information on:
Let’s Read Program
iTrack Mentoring Program
Tertiary Mentoring Program
Habitat For Humanity WA
Habitat seeks to help people caught in a rent-induced poverty trap. Underprivileged families chosen on the basis of need alone, purchase their own homes on low interest mortgages with Habitat. They also contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” to the building of their own home, or that of another family.Meridian helped Habitat raise their profile as a fledgling group and put them in touch with contacts within our network to help source land and financial support for their work.
Charity Link is a registered charity which acts as a central fundraising and coordinating body to provide material aid via our 100 ‘member’ charities to West Australians experiencing financial hardship and/or crisis. Meridian has supported Charity Link with it’s Annual Christmas Toy Appeal.
Dream Fit Foundation
Dreamfit Foundation’s mission is to improve quality of life for people living with disabilities and to promote engineering excellence. Meridian helped Dreamfit raise their profile, connected them with businesses to provide support services as well as provided some coaching and mentoring advice.
Transform Cambodia works with children working or living on the streets of Cambodia, often scraping a living from scavenging, begging or selling. Through their life centres, they feed, educate and train them to become the next leaders of Cambodia’s future.
Meridian established a computer lab in one of their Life Centres to support ongoing education of the children.
Directors of Meridian visited Cambodia in 2012.