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Review The Caledonia Foundation’s previous grants:

2006 | Projects suppported 01 July 2005 to 30 June 2006

ALICE SPRINGS YOUTH & ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT | Deadly Treadlies

Deadly Treadlies is an early intervention bike-rebuilding project that has operated out of Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Service (ASYASS) since January 2003. The project runs youth workshops from ASYASS’ Alice Springs premises, and operates an outreach program in local town camps, schools, drop in centres, outstations and on remote Aboriginal communities. The Caledonia Foundation’s grant to this project in 2006 will enable young people's interest in bikes and bike mechanics to evolve, giving them work skills and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

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ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES | ARTside-in! AGNSW (Stages 1, 2 & 3)

The Caledonia Foundation continues its support in 2006 to AGNSW's ARTside-in!, an outreach program designed by the Public Programs Department of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The program targets Years 10, 11 and 12 secondary visual arts students that have limited opportunity to access the Gallery's collection, exhibitions, programs and resources. The project enables these students who are disadvantaged by geographic and economic factors, to participate in the culture of the Gallery and for the Gallery to experience and learn from the students in their school environment.

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Big hART INCORPORATED | Radio Holiday – Stage 2

Big hART is a multi-discipline cultural not for profit company, that aims to work with people experiencing multiple levels of disadvantage in rural, regional & remote communities to assist them to change their social trajectory & participate in community, through task focused cultural projects.

The Caledonia Foundation in 2006 contributed to Stage 2 of Big hART’s “Radio Holiday” project. This is a 12 month community based arts intervention project engaging 30 at risk young people from the North West Coast of Tasmania in a multimedia educational and mentoring project.

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EXODUS FOUNDATION | The Exodus Tutorial Centre - Ashfield

The Exodus Foundation funds the operation of the Tutorial Centre, staffed by Professor Wheldall’s Special Education team and by specially selected personnel from Exodus’ pool of skilled volunteers. The key objective of the Tutorial Centre is to address the needs of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds who are at risk of alienation from the school system because of severe problems with reading and related skills. The Centre offers an intensive remedial reading program known as “Schoolwise” which aims to get students back into the school system again within a 12 month period. The Caledonia Foundation continues its support to this Centre in 2006.

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THE HEARTWELL FITNESS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

In 1997, Heartwell Fitness established The Heartwell Fitness Scholarship Program with its vision being to provide expert physical educational programs to non-compensable children with serious illnesses, injuries and disabilities. The Caledonia Foundation continues its support to the program in 2006 with a grant which will assist with the rehabilitation of 2 physically impaired & disadvantaged children who otherwise would not have an opportunity to participate in this program

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HOTHAM MISSION ASYLUM SEEKER PROJECT | Family Support Program

Hotham Mission is based in Nth Melbourne and through its Family Support Program assists Asylum Seekers permitted to remain in Australia through Bridging Visas type “E”. The Family Support Program provides accommodation & financial support to Asylum Seeker families to help them meet the costs of basic living expenses, and any unforeseen emergency medical, pharmaceutical, therapeutic and other costs for these families and their children. The Caledonia Foundation’s support in 2006 will provide the program with the much needed shortfall funding.

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INSPIRE FOUNDATION | Beanbag Net Centre – Digital Eye

Inspire’s Beanbag Net Centre initiative is a nationally recognized, award-winning program which bridges the digital divide for young people in Australia’s most underserved communities, creating social, educational and employment opportunities that other young people take for granted. In 2006 The Caledonia Foundation contributed to “Digital Eye”, a national computer-based photography training program & competition to be run throughout Inspire's 20 Beanbag Centres across Australia.

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LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES FOUNDATION LTD | The SISTER 2 sister Project

Life Changing Experiences Foundation Ltd (LCEF) is based in Sydney NSW, supporting underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. The Caledonia Foundation in 2006 provided support for its SISTER 2 sister project. This is a unique 12 month mentoring program empowering ‘at risk’ teenage girls to turn their lives around from a life of destitution and/or abuse, to business and life success. With the aim of breaking the cycle of destitution and abuse in the community, it is the first stage of a succession of programs to encourage and nurture these ‘at risk’ teens to become young entrepreneurial women.

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LIFE EDUCATION VICTORIA |
“Face the Facts” Secondary School drug education for disadvantaged students

Life Education Victoria (“LEV”) delivers a health and drug education program to primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria. The Caledonia Foundation in 2006 provided support to enable LEV to deliver its “Face the Facts” program to 12 secondary schools from disadvantaged rural & regional areas of Victoria. This program uses harm minimization to assist secondary schools in implementing their drug education policy and other initiatives. Without The Caledonia Foundation’s support, these schools would not otherwise have been able to participate.

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LIFESTART CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED | Lifestart School Age Services, Northern Sydney

Lifestart Co-operative Limited was established in 1996. It is a Co-operative formed by parents to offer specialist therapist services and professional support to school aged children with intellectual disabilities and their families. It currently has six branches that are located in the greater Sydney area: Cumberland/Prospect, Eastern Sydney/Maroubra, Inner West, Nepean, Northern Beaches and Northern Sydney. The Caledonia Foundation’s support was directed to Lifestart’s Northern Sydney area which currently receives no Government assistance. This support will enable Lifestart to provide early childhood intervention services for children with disabilities (0-6 year olds and their families and services for school aged children aged 6-18 years) living in the Northern Sydney area.

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MATILDA ROSE EARLY INTERVENTION CENTRE | Matilda Rose Turbo

The Matilda Rose Early Intervention Centre (MREIC) was established in January 2001, to offer a program to meet the needs of profoundly deaf children, with additional disabilities. It caters for pre-school children, and also offers a transition program to the appropriate educational placement. MREIC is a joint venture between the Carnegie Foundation and the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC). The Caledonia Foundation has been a supporter of MREIC over the last 3-years and will continue its support in 2006 as part of a 3-year commitment (2006-2008). This will assist MREIC in expanding its area of operations by meeting the increased costs of employing a Teachers’ Aide and an additional part-time Teachers Aide for its respite services for families. Our support will also enable the residential programs for regional or remote families to be further enhanced.

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THE MIRABEL FOUNDATION | Mirabel Educational Enhancement Program

The Mirabel Foundation supports children who have typically been abandoned by their parents or their parents have died (in both instances commonly drug related). The Caledonia Foundation in 2006 continues its support to Mirabel. This support will contribute to a range of schooling and educational costs for 14 children in NSW, many of them being for a twelve month period. This has not only alleviated the financial pressure to many of these families but also improved the self esteem and confidence of the children by a marked improvement in their academic outcomes and subsequent stability at school.

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MISSION AUSTRALIA | Creative Youth Initiatives

Creative Youth Initiatives (CYI) provides “at risk” young people with creative opportunities, with the aim of building self esteem, improving communication skills and providing positive learning experiences and educational qualifications. The TAFE approved programs available to them through CYI are art, music or photography courses. The Caledonia Foundation will continue its support to the CYI initiative in 2006 as part of a 3-year commitment (2005-2007) to the program.

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OASIS | Technology Centre & Film & Radio School

The Caledonia Foundation continued its support in 2006 as part of a further 3-year grant towards the development of OASIS' Technology Centre @ Surry Hills. The Centre focuses on training disadvantaged young adolescents in video production & editing; repair, upgrading & recycling of computers; web site & database creation, input & management of SOS Salvos' online auction site. The Centre continues to go from strength to strength with the introduction of a Film & Radio School, TAFE accredited Multimedia IV course, proposed for 2006.

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ODYSSEY HOUSE McGRATH FOUNDATION

Odyssey House McGrath Foundation was founded in 1977 and provides residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs for men and women with a drug, alcohol or gambling problem. When appropriate, the dependant children of residents participating in the program may also receive accommodation and support to help minimize the adverse effects of their parent's problems. The Caledonia Foundation’s support will enable Odyssey to compliment its existing programs, providing a safe playground environment for the young disadvantaged children who either live with their parents at Odyssey or are visitors to the Centre.

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OZHARVEST LIMITED | OzHarvest Food Rescue

The Caledonia Foundation continues its support in 2006 to OzHarvest Limited. OzHarvest is based in Alexandria (an inner-city suburb of Sydney, NSW) and through its Food Rescue Program distributes surplus prepared meals from restaurants and other commercial outlets to charitable organisations feeding the homeless and disadvantaged. In 2006 OzHarvest intends to expand its management team and area of operations to the western metropolitan areas of Sydney. The Caledonia Foundation’s grant to this project will indirectly assist the many young “at risk” adolescents and children who seek help through Sydney’s rescue centres.

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THE SMITH FAMILY | Extension of Learning for Life Program (Lithgow)

The Caledonia Foundation in 2006 continues its support to The Smith Family’s Lithgow Learning for Life program. This program provides children and their families with access to personal and financial support through qualified staff and volunteer mentors and access to additional programs, advocacy, emotional guidance and referrals to specialist services The Caledonia Foundation’s support will contribute to the costs of engaging the essential Learning for Life Worker and The Smith Family’s proposed expansion of its existing program to include the "student2student" literacy program and iTrack (an online mentoring program).

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SOCIAL VENTURES AUSTRALIA | SVA Boost! Fund

The SVA Boost! Fund, through Social Ventures Australia, is Australia’s first venture philanthropy fund, which supports high impact social ventures that have clear, accountable and measurable strategies for social return. The Fund gives the added assurance that supported “investment” ventures receive more than just funding, they also receive management, strategic and operational advice to effectively realize social goals.

The Caledonia Foundation, through the SVA Boost! Fund, will continue its support over the next 3-years (2006-2008), to the Beyond Empathy initiative.

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Beyond Empathy (General Arts Grant)

Beyond Empathy’s (BE) focus is arts educational programs. It utilizes the arts, film, media, mentorship and partnerships to create sustainable pathways for young disadvantaged people throughout Australia. It aims to share understanding about people marginalized through poverty, homelessness, lack of education and employment opportunities, family and cultural isolation, violence and substance abuse through its arts projects.

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STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION | Starlight Fun Centres

The Starlight Fun Centre project is designed to deliver entertainment distraction to a child’s hospital bedside via e-inclusion and leading edge technology. Starlight’s goal is to provide one Starlight Fun Centre for every ten paediatric beds in Australia. Delivering this program to children in remote and regional hospitals is a priority. The Caledonia Foundation previously sponsored 6 Fun Centres which were installed at Gove, NT, Manning River Base Hospital, NSW, Condobolin Hospital, NSW, Echuca Regional Health Hospital, VIC, Western District Health Service, Hamilton VIC, South West Healthcare, Warnambool, VIC. It continued its support to Starlight in 2006 by sponsoring a further 3 Fun Centres for installation in the regional hospitals of Caboolture, Qld; Tenant Creek, NT and Mildura Base Hospital, VIC.

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THE SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

THE SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

The objective of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Theatre Experience Program is to establish an introduction to live performance, exploration of theatre practice and access to behind-the scenes at NSW performance venues for disadvantaged students. The Caledonia Foundation has been a previous supporter of the STC educational programs and in 2006 continues its support to 2 of STC’s programs:

STC Access Program for Disadvantaged Students.

3 Schools involved in STC’s 2005 Theatre Experience Access Program will be re-engaged in STC’s program for 2006. This will enable the STC to offer 90 students from 3 disadvantaged schools the opportunity to attend several educational and diverse productions throughout the year.

STC 2006 Educational Tour - South Western Sydney (“The Gronks”)

The STC will tour the Zeal Theatre’s production, “The Gronks”, in 2006 to approx. 4,000 students from 8 disadvantaged schools in south western Sydney. “The Gronks” was developed by the Zeal Theatre based on interviews and interaction with communities in the inner city and south western Sydney regions. It deals with issues of domestic violence, drug use, community violence, poverty and marginalization, all from the point of view of one young central character.

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TECHNICAL AID TO THE DISABLED | Never Too Young to Learn
Computer Loan Services

TAD's "Never Too Young to Learn" project focuses on early intervention to assist the many children who face the challenges of developmental delays and/or developmental disabilities associated with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, sensory impairments, and autism. TAD NSW has three significant areas of services. The Caledonia Foundation continued its support in 2006 to the Computer Loan Service which will enable TAD to supply 9 disabled children (aged 4-11 years) from NSW each with a reconditioned Pentium 3 computer. The computers are specially modified for each child's disability, delivered to their homes and installed, with each child receiving 6 months tuition, utilizing the skills of volunteers and computer professionals.

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AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE PEOPLES OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC LTD |
Arte Moris

Arte Moris is an arts educational school based in East Timor. It has been caring for approx 500 East Timor IDP, who have sought shelter at the school in an endeavour to escape the civil conflict and riots engulfing the East Timorese island. The Caledonia Foundation, through the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Ltd, in 2006 provided Arte Moris with support to enable it to care for these refugees and provide them with vital everyday living needs, such as food, water, mattresses, etc. The Caledonia Foundation’s support will also help to re-establish Arte Moris' arts educational school which was severely damaged as a result of the Island's political unrest.

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