The National Foundation; focused on raising funds for rural Australia
Mental Health Programs
Our Foundation has donated to Happiness Co’s Man Enough program; the sum of $429,000 as of September 2018. We are so proud to assist them in their wonderful work of helping those with stress, mental health, anxiety and challenges in rural communities
Walk N Talk – This program is currently being launched, and is designed to suit Australia’s men and women. We know that physical movement, exercise and psychotherapy are great for mental health. This program aims to raise $250,000 to rollout across 10 rural towns in 2019
Learn more here
BEEFitUp – this program is based in hotel restaurants, as a way of raising funds, while paying homage to Australia’s beef producers. Alliance Partners of the Foundation donate $1 for every steak sold in their restaurants. It even extends to butcher stores and distributors. It is a social enterprise supporting rural communities and paying homage to our farmers – and has the slogan: “Get some beef between your teeth”
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Youth Suicide – In 2018 Peter White made history by completing an epic rowing trek down the Lachlan River in outback NSW, to raise awareness and funds for a youth suicide prevention program. Peter endured 41 days in the wilderness battling isolation, fatigue, little water flow and the perils of nature. He is the founder of the Wiradjuri Rangers; an environmental group based in Wiradjuri country. SMS the codeword PREVENTION to 0437 371 371 to help our kids.
Drought Relief for Farmers. In late 2018, the Foundation was able to distribute $105,000 to Cobar Rotary Club in NSW, which they have since used to buy road-trains of precious feed for their drought-stricken livestock. Much more to follow.
Our Community Projects. The Foundation has distributed funds and helps to a number of rural communities, such as:
- We Are Here – This project focuses a video documentary on struggling rural towns, to bring awareness, plus a night of shows, stand-up comedians, top musicians, food and fun, to bring some lightness and relief to people suffering in drought, debt, stress and worry.
- Elmhurst District Hospital
- Forsayth All Sports
- Milang and District Community Association
- In alliance with Education charities, provide funding for various rural education intiatives
Business – assisting business growth in rural communities.
- Let’s Get Rural – this is an initiative to feature what it is like to live in rural Australia, and to showcase small towns, by meeting with locals and business owners. Some of these towns featured are Omeo, Condobolin, Gooloogong, Cowra and Charlton.
Water – Restoration 1788 is an exciting new project. Driven by the devastating drought that leads to economic bust for those on the land, rural communities, food prices and the well-being of Australia, our Board has been asking the question of what was Australia like prior to the first fleet arriving in 1788. Modern research is demonstrating that management of water-courses, streams, creeks, dams, tree and foliage planting etc may hold the secret to creating hydro-climatic changes. In fact, a number of properties are going back to old time preservation of water. This Foundation will be launching various initiatives, seminars and funding cycles to overcome the serious challenges.
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“We can’t stop the drought and bring on rain, but with your help we can certainly ease the misery, stress and staggering hardships our rural people and communities are currently experiencing!”
Penny Johnson, Board Director and former Deputy Mayor of Cook Shire, Queensland.