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 Vivian 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)
The 2018 recipient of the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Performance Awards has been selected, and ........ drum roll please ....... it's Finnan Donohue of Inverloch.
In 2018 Finnan will be embarking on the first year of a Creative Arts (Drama) course at Deakin University's Burwood Campus.
Finnan has been a regular cast member of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group productions since he first appeared on the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre stage in WTG's Oliver! in 2010. He was also a founding member of Newhaven College's Boys Vocal Group from 2013 until he completed Year 12 at the College in 2017.
The Foundation's Performance Award provides assistance to local students who take up tertiary education in a performance related discipline. All aspects of performance, for example drama, dance, music (instrumental and vocal) can be supported. The key aim of the program is to support those with the talent, drive and ambition to make a professional career in their chosen field.
The Foundation thanks the Robert Salzer Foundation for the support of the Performance Awards, and congratulates Finnan on his selection for the Award in 2018, wishing him all the best in his theatrical future.
Applications for the Foundation's 2018 Tertiary Support Program closed on Friday 26 January 2018.
The program offers awards of $4000 per year for students applying for study in second year at a recognised Australian tertiary institution. Award recipients are matched with a mentor who will provide support for them through up to two years of study.
STUDENT SPECIAL PRICE $22
(full time students only)