Simply Energy Partners


Wallara Australia

Victoria

The Wallara Ambassador Program supported by Simply Energy involves taking 15 young adults with different abilities for a special year of training around public speaking and leadership events.

Wallara Ambassadors play leading roles at its events, in Wallara TV and in a whole range of public appearances and school visits where they represent the Wallara Service and help raise awareness across the community. This leadership development program is outside Government funding and is delivered by an external specialist who achieves amazing things.

Simply Energy also provided 80 solar panels and a 20 kilowatt converter (installed by Bradford Solar) to significantly reduce Wallara’s power bills into the future at its Potter Street HQ.

www.wallara.com.au

Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces

Victoria

Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces were developed by Kim and Allan Turner, parents of Zaidee, to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation. It is their goal that Zaidee’s legacy and memory will deliver a national message.

At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result, Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of up to seven other people were improved or saved.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs. Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life-saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life.

www.zaidee.org

SHINE for Kids

Victoria

Shine for Kids is the only organisation in Australia specifically set up to assist children of prisoners. Shine runs lots of different programs and services both in prisons and in the community, in cities and country towns. Shine started in 1982 and operates across New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.

There are organisations in Australia specifically to assist children of prisoners. They know that the person in prison isn’t the only one going through a tough time, and that their families are doing time along with them.

www.shineforkids.org.au

Hopscotch Heroes

Victoria

Hopscotch Heroes is a fundraising initiative for the Children’s Cancer Foundation, a charity that has a wonderful reputation amongst families affected by cancer for its remarkable work supporting hospitals treating children.

Its goal for the launch year of Hopscotch Heroes is to fund Art Therapy for children undergoing treatment for cancer in Melbourne. The Foundation funds research into childhood cancers and the development of new treatments in addition to funding projects which aim to improve both the quality of life and clinical care of children with cancer, such as Art Therapy and Music Therapy.

The Foundation’s efforts extend beyond Melbourne to all paediatric cancer treatment facilities within Victoria meaning that all Victorian families affected by childhood cancer benefit from the work of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

www.hopscotchheroes.com.au

Peter’s Project

Victoria

Peter’s Project is a campaign to bring improved cancer care services to south-west Victoria. It aims to integrate and develop cancer care services to provide a one-stop shop for patients in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia.

Peter’s Project has a $5 million target toward the building of an Integrated Cancer Care Centre to provide much needed radiotherapy treatment, various cancer services and support to people with cancer in a friendly and welcoming environment that will help and treat those who need it in the region.

www.petersproject.org.au

Very Special Kids

Victoria

Very Special Kids is a children’s charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement.

Their programs provide opportunities for families to take regular respite, have new meaningful social and life experiences for children and young adults with disabilities and increased community participation for people with disabilities.

Sadly, many of the children VSK cares for will not reach adulthood.

The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.

Each family is supported in unique and varying ways according to their personal needs.

www.vsk.org.au

Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff

Victoria

Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, not-for-profit registered charity that provides inspiration, fun and opportunities for disadvantaged young people in a positive, healthy, seaside environment. Its vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

Cottage by the Sea offers children and young people Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity through diverse programs offered in a wide range of environments. During their camp experience, young people are provided with opportunities for building positive relationships with peers and adult role models to help participants learn and grow.

Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF or Mentor, participants are encouraged to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. Its programs seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience, inspiring them to remain engaged in education, family and their community and to achieve their goals.

www.cottagebythesea.com.au

Cancer Council Queensland Wig and Turban Service

Queensland

Dealing with hair loss is a very individual experience; some people like to wear a wig while others find hats, scarves and turbans to be more comfortable and attractive. Deciding what is right for you is the most important thing.

Cancer Council Queensland Wig and Turban Service aims to assist individuals with the side-effects of hair loss as a result of their cancer treatment, through the provision of wig loans and turbans, at no cost. Wig and turban loan libraries are located in all Cancer Council Queensland offices and accommodation lodges across Queensland.

Each library has a range of wigs including long and short styles, in a variety of colours. It also stocks a variety of turbans which are kindly sewn by volunteers.

The libraries are staffed by fully trained volunteers with days and hours of operation specific to each location.

www.cancerqld.org.au/get-support/cancer-support-services/wig-and-turban-service

Mirabel Foundation

Victoria

Mirabel assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care).

The Mirabel Foundation is an Australian children’s charity. Its mission is to break the destructive cycle of addiction.

Mirabel supports children aged 0-17 years and works at restoring a childs’ sense of self-worth, belonging and hope for the future in order for them to reach their full potential as young adults.

www.mirabelfoundation.org.au

Operation Flinders

Victoria and South Australia

Operation Flinders is a world-leading wilderness adventure program for young people at risk. The program takes participants aged between 14 and 18 on an eight-day exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges, providing an opportunity for participants to break away from their past and grow as valued members of the community with a new direction in life.

Teams trek 100km through the Flinders Ranges as part of a program aimed at developing personal attitudes of self esteem, leadership, motivation, teamwork and responsibility. Each year, Simply Energy assists in sending a team from South Australia to participate in the program.

www.operationflinders.org.au