Funding boost helps support heart teens at HeartKids Teen Camp
MEDIA RELEASE: Funding boost for HeartKids helps support Australian teens at Rottnest Island Teen Camp.
SYDNEY, DECEMBER 2016: Young people with childhood heart disease will attend the HeartKids Teen Camp 2017 on Rottnest Island, thanks to a funding boost from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF).
HeartKids is one of 32 charities benefitting from a total of over $750,000 in grants to help create moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. To place an application for the grant, each charity had to be endorsed by an employee of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) or Coca-Cola South Pacific (CCSP).
Douglas Phillips, Head of Commercial at CCSP, nominated Heartkids Australia because of his own personal connection to the charity after his daughter was born with congenital heart disease.
“HeartKids provides much needed support to families and young people affected by heart disease by creating support networks and raising valuable funds which contribute to medical research into this area.
“This money will support the HeartKids Teen Camp, where teens with childhood heart disease have the opportunity to spend time with others who may have experienced a similar journey, and gives them a chance to attempt physical activities that they may have been unable to pursue before.
“I’ve seen first-hand the community spirit and positive effects HeartKids can have on young people and their families who have been affected, and it makes me proud to work for a company that supports such good causes.”
(Douglas and family)
Malcolm Hudson, Chair of Coca-Cola Australia Foundation said he was delighted the CCAF could support such a diverse range of causes, important to employees.
“From scout halls, literacy programs and conservation projects to camps for young people with special needs, there’s so much great work happening in local communities to bring happiness to our young people. It’s work we’re incredibly proud to support.
“Our Employee Connected Grants are a great way for both Coca-Cola South Pacific and Coca-Cola Amatil staff to connect with charities that have a personal connection with our employees. HeartKids is just one of 32 local charities our employees have nominated to help on a ground level. We aspire to create meaningful partnerships throughout Australia that will help build stronger communities.” HeartKids provides support for young people living with childhood heart disease and their families. The charity also provides life-saving research and information services so families remain informed.
In January 2017, HeartKids Teen Camp will invite young people with heart disease to stay on Rottnest Island for the weekend, to create and foster social support networks, and participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to do. The camp is aimed at boosting self-esteem as well as emotional and social well being of young people with heart disease.
The main funding for the camp comes from the Ride for Logan initiative, a memorial ride created for young victim of heart disease, Logan Adams. As part of the cycling fundraiser, people from Western Australia rode through towns that played a special role in Logan’s life to raise money for the HeartKids Teen Camp 2017.
At the end of June 2016, the CCAF opened a grant round for community organisations to apply for grants in two forms: Flagship Grants, major grant partners for CCAF over the next three years and Employee Connected Grants which are smaller, one-off grant projects in communities where employees live, work or have a connection.
To have been eligible for a grant in 2016, it was required that charity missions were relevant to young Australians aged 13 to 19 years and addressed their happiness, optimism, empowerment, wellbeing and/or enhanced possibilities for a positive life.
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About the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation
The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) is at the heart of Coca-Cola’s national community strategy in Australia. The fund is a joint initiative between Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola South Pacific, created to do social good. Since its establishment in 2002, the CCAF has provided more than $12,000,000AUD to hundreds of organisations, with many young Australians positively impacted. The CCAF mission is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. Through Flagship and Employee Connected grants, the CCAF is supporting programs that will build capability and opportunity for young Australians, which inspire them to grow their happiness and feel empowered for a more positive life.