Monthly Archive: December 2021

Norlane Comm Init. Cafe Photo 2021

Community and connection changes lives

  When Kaylene Reeves from Norlane Community Initiatives is asked about how her organisation can change lives, she has a powerful story to tell. “Ten years ago, we started working with a family made up of a single mum with six children,” she says. “One of the children was struggling with ADHD and the medication...

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Trekking towards a bright future

In 2018, 17-year-old Amy Leach conquered the gruelling 96km Kokoda trail, one of the hardest hikes in the world, calling it a moment she will ‘never forget’. But it was a different moment one year earlier – the moment that began the journey towards this enormous achievement – that truly changed her life forever. “I...

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Connection with community

In Geelong, business, family and community are interconnected. Some companies founded in the region decades ago have seen the city grow alongside their venture and, often, their own children. Backwell IXL is one of these businesses. The fifth-generation family-owned manufacturing company, which started as a small blacksmith shop in Aberdeen Street more than 160 years...

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Foundation News

It has been a tremendous year for the Geelong Community Foundation in 2020-21, in terms of generous donations from new and existing Sub Funds, strong market return on our investment portfolio and grants paid to community organisations in excess of $1 million. Financial highlights include: $30.96 million funds under management (up from $25.92 million last...

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Geelong Youth Engagement Photo - May 2021 (1)

2021 P500 $68,000 Grant Recipient

  The 2021 P500 $68,000 grant was awarded to Geelong Youth Engagement for implementation of their new “Strive” program. “Strive” is designed to support vulnerable young people who have challenges such as truancy, drug & or alcohol abuse, family violence & mental health among others. A link to the recording of Vote Night, held on...

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