Applications are now open for the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Performance Awards in 2019.
These Awards are for secondary school students from the Bass Coast region, with a demonstrated talent in their performance discipline and who intend to move away in 2019 to pursue tertiary study or other training/development activities in the performing arts with a view to progressing to a professional career.
Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 5 October 2018.
More details can be found on the application form which can be downloaded here:
Talented local performers Jake Amy (left) and Anthony Foon (right) are just two of the performers to appear at the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Gala Evening at 7 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. be performing on the night.
Vocalist and composer, Hannah McKittrick will perform at the 2018 BCCF Gala Evening at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 31 August.
Hannah is currently completing an Honours Course in Contemporary Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, writing her debut jazz album, and appearing with the neo soul/alternative art folk band "Hoi Polloi".
She is looking forward to performing in Wonthaggi to help the Bass Coast Community Foundation raise funds for the Performance Awards and other education support programs.
Last week well known young Wonthaggi pianist Josh Hooke left for Europe for a master class with eminent pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, and then travelled on to the Netherlands to perform in concerts.
He will then return to Wonthaggi to perform at the Bass Coast Community Foundation Gala Evening on Friday August 31 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.
Josh is an award winning classical pianist who studied at Wonthaggi Secondary College and he is now working on his PhD in music performance at Melbourne University.
The first of his many awards was a Performance Award from Bass Coast Community Foundation. Years of further study have seen this talented musician go on to win a number of prestigious music awards including the Premier’s Award for Music. He has performed at concerts in Melbourne and attended master classes in Australia and overseas.
Tickets are now on sale for the Foundation's Gala Evening at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre at 7 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018.
This event will be an opportunity to see and hear some of the outstanding young local performers who have been supported by the Foundation's Performance Awards. There will also be presentations by inspiring local students who have benefited from the Foundation's educational support programs, local community groups that have received grants, and performances by students from the Wonthaggi Secondary College, Newhaven College and Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College.
Supper and drinks will be available in the foyer after the performances and presentations.
This event will help raise funds to ensure that the Foundation can continue its work for the Bass Coast community.
Local identity Vivian Reith and her family have recently established the Vivian Docking Reith Fund with the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
The fund establishes a legacy that reflects Viv’s approach to “family”. For her, it has never ended with just the bloodlines but goes far beyond. Her empathetic and practical support has resulted in her wisdom, laughter and love touching many families.
Viv had a long career in early childhood development, graduating as dux of the Victorian Kindergarten Teacher’s College in the 1930’s. She then worked in kindergarten services and with children with disabilities.
The Vivian Docking Reith Fund administered by the Bass Coast Foundation has been set up to help young families get opportunities they may not have otherwise been able to access.
Viv says: “I was keen to participate and partner with the Bass Coast Community Foundation as I understand the power of someone taking an interest - it can often turn people’s lives around when they know someone believes in them.”
If you would like to contribute to this fund you can make an online donation indicating that it is to support the Vivienne Docking Reith Fund. All donations are tax deductible.
This is the seventh Named Fund the Bass Coast Community Foundation has created for individuals or groups wishing to direct their philanthropic donations to specific local issues. Foundation Chairman Martin Keogh says:
“We look forward to working with Vivian, and her family, to create opportunities for families.”
“By choosing to work with the Foundation, Vivian is assured that she will be providing support for families in the Bass Coast area forever, as we distribute only the earnings on her donation, rather than the donation itself. In 100 years and beyond, Vivian’s donation will still be making a difference.”
“We welcome enquiries from other people or organisations who may want to partner with BCCF - to make such enquiries contact the Foundation’s Executive Officer, David Wall, at email@example.com or phone (03) 5672 2202 on Mondays".
After thorough consideration of the many applications received for the Foundation's 2018 Tertiary Support Program, the recipients for 2018 have been selected.
The Foundation thanks Aquasure for their generous contribution to the funding of the Tertiary Support Program, and the YMCA for their provision of support to participants through their Youth Mentoring Program.
For the thirteenth year BCCF has distributed Back to School vouchers to local schools and welfare agencies. This year's distribution of $22,000 worth of vouchers brings the total value of vouchers distributed to Bass Coast Shire families over the 13 years to over $200,000,
Funded through the generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, and distributed by the Foundation, these vouchers help local families doing it tough with the costs of getting kids back to school.
While the voucher's value of $50 might not seem a large amount, it can and does mean that a child can have school shoes that fit properly, uniform items that don't make them stand out from the others, enough stationery and other requisites for their studies, and to generally be able to start the school year like the other kids.
Helping kids fit in helps them to participate fully at school and to continue with their education.
The Foundation is proud of its ongoing participation in this valuable program, and thanks the participating schools and agencies for their role in its delivery.
Foundation Board Member Melissa Hayes presents 2018 Back to School vouchers to Edith Gray, Principal of the Bass Coast Specialist School (left) and Carol Davidson, Student Welfare Coordinator at Wonthaggi Secondary College - McBride Campus (right)