We're proud of our partnership with some of Australia's best-known and loved charities. In their own right these charities are leaders in their field with impressive records for making long sustainable changes in our community.
The Vodafone Foundation supports the work of these charities in numerous ways be it via financial support, technology and innovation, transfer of human capital, employee volunteering, marketing and sponsorship opportunities.
Together the Vodafone Foundation and our core partners identify key needs. We then help to address those needs, be they helping youth, environment, indigenous health and education, or whatever our employees are passionate about.
We invite you to take a look at our core partners listed below and for further information on these partners please click through to their websites.
For the 7th year, we continue supporting Barnardos, Youth off the Streets and Mission Australia through our Young People Connected program, connecting 'at risk' young people to services provided by charities, their families and the wider community using Vodafone technology and services.
This year we are excited to announce a new YPC partnership with Whitelion, a charity focused on supporting employment opportunities for young people involved in the Juvenile Justice System or at risk of involvement. We will also be making some further changes to the YPC program this year to help us connect even more young people in crisis.
Red Dust Role Models seek to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged youth in remote indigenous communities, in the Northern Territory of Australia. As part of these tours, the Role Models visit remote communities and deliver programs in the areas of lifestyle education, mentorship and music. Red Dust also operates in India and Fiji.
As we continue to build on our 8 year relationship with Red Dust, this year we will be focussing on developing specific community projects that our employees will lead in Daly River and Yuendemu communities.
We have also been supporting Lifestyle Education Programmes for children in India. These programmes have been embraced by our staff in Mumbai and several Indian Education NGOs, and we will continue to support local Role Models to develop new opportunities for families and children in their community.
Visit the official website for more information www.reddust.org.au
AWL's focus is on looking after the welfare of lost and abandoned companion animals. They provide the best care possible for some of Australia's less fortunate animals. We are very excited to be starting a new relationship with the Animal Welfare League this year and supporting them through volunteering programs, in addition to funding animal kennels in most states.
Our employees love supporting the welfare of animals and we're so excited to build on this relationship throughout the year.
Visit the official website for more information www.awla.com.au
Green Schools Connect is a project created and driven through a partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Vodafone Foundation.
It aims to help schools out with the extra hands they need to get an environmental project done. Together, we have been educating and inspiring young Australians about the environment since 2005.
This year, the Foundation aims to help around 35 schools receive funding for environmental projects. This may be creating a native bush foods garden, demonstrating to students how to monitor frog population in their schoolyard or cleaning up a creek line adjacent to the school.
Having worked with over 300 schools and 100,000 students, we hope to build on this fantastic initiative, allowing kids to get a hands-on approach to learning about the environment.
Visit the official website for more information greenschoolsconnect
MMAD's purpose is to improve the lives of all young people, particularly disadvantaged and marginalized youth, through the power of music, the creative arts, and unconditional positive regard. This year we'll be supporting them through initiatives such as the Catch a Falling Star program which aims to rebuild the lives of traumatized youth, and 351 Camp, which is an intensive and inspirational 3 days of music, workshops and performances aimed at engaging, encouraging and empowering young people with the tools they need to achieve their full potential.
Visit the official website for more information www.mmad.org.au
The McGrath Foundation's primary focus is on supporting women diagnosed with breast cancer by funding breast care nurses to women across Australia.
There are over 55 McGrath breast care nurses working in communities right across Australia, with an emphasis on rural and regional areas. Each three-year placement costs approximately $350,000.
This year we will be working with the McGrath Foundation to help develop a breast awareness campaign through the funds raised during the 2010 Vodafone Ashes Series. We know how much fun our employees have at the Cricket each year raising money for McGrath and we're looking forward to another fantastic year, on and off the pitch!
Visit the official website for more information www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
Variety is a national organisation supporting children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. We have been supporting Variety for several years in providing grants to individuals and organisations for items such as special wheelchairs, vocal output speech devices, prosthetic limbs, special play equipment and liberty swings.
This year our retail team have decided to get behind Variety as a national charity partner and focus raising funds in our stores to help achieve a very special goal with them for the year – purchasing a 'Sunshine Coach' for a needy child or community in Australia!
Visit the official website for more information www.variety.org.au