Vita Foundation gives back through grants
The Vita Foundation has announced the third round of Vita Grant recipients, with Encircle, the Edmund Rice Brothers Oceania, and Safe Haven AACE receiving $10,000, and Club 2000 Physie and Dance receiving $5,000 to help them continue to provide their valuable community services.
Encircle Ltd. is a community owned and operated organisation offering a range of support services and activities, such as counselling, education, and financial and legal aid, directly to families and individuals living in the greater North Brisbane area.
Family Support Services Manager at the organisation, Lisa Rosta, says the grant will enable Encircle to extend its support services to help more young families in need.
“We are passionate about supporting young families to have the best start and want to support young parents to be confident in their parenting whilst building strong relationships with their children,” said Lisa. “The support of the Vita Foundation will enable our team to continue to provide outreach, individual and group support to young families, where specialised support is often limited.”
Part of the Oceania congregation of Christian Brothers founded by Edmund Rice, the Edmund Rice Brothers Oceania work to meet unmet needs within their communities.
They are currently working to support Indigenous families at times of death and grief, and with families who are experiencing the effects of domestic and family violence and say their $10,000 grant will allow them to continue to provide invaluable services.
“The grant allows us to continue to develop partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the spirit of Reconciliation, and promote the support of social justice, inclusion, social equity, and promote human dignity and self-determination within the community,” said Brother Marty Sanderson, member of Edmund Rice Brothers Oceania’s Cluster Pastoral Team.
For Safe Haven AACE, a group dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, ill or orphaned native Australian wildlife, their $5,000 Vita Foundation Grant will assist them in carrying out their captive breeding program for Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats to try and increase their population.
“The opportunity of the grant has come at an interesting time as we are in dire need to replace our existing trailer that we use to fetch our sweet potatoes (a dietary requirement for the Southern and common Hairy Nosed Wombats), and our electric slicing machine also keeps breaking down,” said Vivian Bull, Secretary at Safe Have AACE. “Both new items will greatly alleviate any anxiety that we now have and provide a safe environment for our volunteers to complete their duties.”
And finally, for Club 2000 Physie and Dance, a high energy, fun and inspiring dance company for girls of all ages, their grant will go towards equipment to help create an even better experience for members.
“This grant will help enormously!” said Michelle Elliott, Treasurer at Club 2000 Physie and Dance. “We will get the club’s committee together soon to start organising the purchase of new equipment, which will give all of the kids a much better experience!”
“We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to four very worthwhile, but also very different causes,” said Vita Foundation Committee Chair, Scott Philipson. “We look forward to seeing how they use the grants to continue to carry out their great work in their communities.”