Melbourne, Wednesday 13 April 2016

The Funding Network' and the Kindred Spirits Foundation presented a heart-warming event on Wednesday 13 April at Westpac overlooking Melbourne. Over 100 guests supported three innovative grassroots charities who uplifted us with their courageous work and inspiring stories.

A perfect $100,000 was raised for United Muslim Sisters of La Trobe Valley, Bulleen Heights School and The Thathangathay Foundation. Thanks also to co-hosts BT Financial Group and Future2 Foundation for helping to make the night possible.

See photos from the event and watch the pitches.

Event partners:

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  1. Project #1: United Muslim Sisters of La Trobe Valley

    The United Muslim Sisters of La Trobe Valley provide a chance for women from many countries, backgrounds and religions to share stories and ideas to improve cultural understanding. Following two successful trials in the community, the group aim to take their 'Living Libraries' program into schools where students can borrow a person as a 'book' and listen to their story.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $33,920

    800x400 Read UMSLV's Application
    800x400 Read UMSLV's Financials

  2. Project #2: Bulleen Heights School

    Bulleen Heights School supports students aged 5 - 18 with the lifelong neurodevelopmental condition, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Based in North East Melbourne, the school provides diverse and supportive education for 280 students, as well as community access programs and inclusive learning programs with other schools. The school aims to fund a new people-mover to assist with student transport and community access.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $30,170

    800x400 Read Bulleen Heights School's Application
     Read Bulleen Heights School's Financials and Financial Commitment Summary

  3. Project #3: The Thathangathay Foundation

    The Thathangathay Foundation supports and develops future leaders for the remote Indigenous community of Wadeye by providing education, opportunity and choice. Participants are supported to capably walk in two worlds and develop as role models. As part of this, participants have the chance to gain practical culinary and business skills at Duma Balcony Café in Bright. The Foundation hopes to fund a training manager to better support participants in the program.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $36,670

    800x400 Read The Thathangathay Foundation's Application
    800x400 Read The Thathangathay Foundation's Financials