PHILANTHROPY IN FOCUS

The QCF Photo Challenge embraced the visual storytelling of philanthropy.

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As part of QCF Philanthropy Week 2017, The Public Trustee sponsored the Philanthropy in Focus Photo Challenge. Photographers and non-profit organisations were invited to come together to connect, tell their stories and share their work. Entries used the power of photography to reflect philanthropy in Queensland and brought awareness to critical issues, while also offering hope and a solution.

Thank you to all the photographers and organisations who submitted photos in this challenge.

WINNER of the Philanthropy in Focus QCF Photo Challenge – Ocean Connections by Alberto Rego from Monte Rego Photography.

Cystic fibrosis does not like salt water. Inhaling salt water rehydrates the airways, allowing mucus to flow more easily, dislodged by coughing. Salt water also rehydrates the lining of the lungs and loosens the thick mucus that builds up, reducing recurrent infections. In March 2017, Cystic Fibrosis Queensland and Mauli Ola Foundation provided a day at the Gold Coast with surfing professionals to teach children with cystic fibrosis to surf.

Thank you to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland for submitting the winning entry.

Short Listed – Circle of Support by Jennifer Mendez from Jennifer Mendez Photography.

Women’s Legal Service provides free legal and welfare support to thousands of Queensland women and children living with domestic violence. This photo depicts how simple gestures can make a significant difference.

Short Listed – Challenge Diabetes by Luke Bird.

Diabetes Queensland is a charity and membership organisation providing education, advice, ongoing support and advocacy to Queenslanders living with diabetes, and those at risk. Gavin, who lives with type 2 diabetes, took on the Great Ocean Road Walk in 2016 to raise funds and awareness for Diabetes Queensland. The trek is a gruelling 100km over five days, with each participant raising funds and awareness to take part. They challenged their bodies and minds to give back to the diabetes community.

Short Listed – It’s a RAP at NAIDOC by David Anderson from McCullough Robertson.

Songlines: a narrative of Australia. An interactive event featuring live dance performances from the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School and the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. McCullough Robertson staff coming together to celebrate the many histories, cultures and achievements of Australia’s First Peoples at NAIDOC Week in July 2016.

Short Listed – The Shoe by Jane Shakespeare from The Fig Tree Children.

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free in March 2016, but families are still recovering from the crisis. Orphans live with families barely able to care for their own children, let alone another traumatised child.

“Then, I look up and see him. He seemed tiny and alone, walking with surprising purpose for a child with only one shoe. He represented the thousands of orphans walking towards an uncertain future. Instantly, many questions arose in my mind. How old is he? Is he completely alone? What happened to his other shoe?” – Jane Shakespeare.

Charlotte and the Cuddle Chair by Alison Topper.

Act for Kids is a charitable, not for profit organisation. All services are provided free of charge to clients, whilst some government funding is received, they rely heavily on donations and fundraising to provide services, support and healing to children who have suffered trauma.

The Cuddle Chair was created as a labour of love by staff member Belinda Thompson, her mum Shirley Esler, family and friends to raise awareness and funds for Act for Kids. During the 2016/17 school holidays the Cuddle Chair visited local libraries and a popular cafe. Young and old were able to enjoy the art piece, create a unique photo and donate to a special cause, resulting in over $1,000 being raised via a donation box.

Raising Awareness by Cheyenne MacLeod from Scleroderma Association of Queensland Inc.

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. One of the hallmarks is the thickening or hardening of the skin.

World Scleroderma Day is held each June 24 for the express purpose of raising awareness throughout the world. Recently, two members of the Sunshine Coast Scleroderma Support Group held an information stand in their local area to help inform the public of the difficulties patients face on a daily basis.

Happy Feet Bushwalkers by Debra Lostroh from Diabetes Queensland.

For nearly 50 years, Diabetes Queensland has been working in the community to improve the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes, and to reduce the incidence of preventable diabetes.

This photo was taken at the Diabetes Queensland Happy Feet Bushwalk in March 2017. This fundraising initiative is a 12km bushwalk through Lamington National Park. Supporters registered to walk and raised funds online to support Queenslanders living with diabetes. They asked friends, family and co-workers to donate towards their efforts, and many contributed their own funds, too.

Young mum, great mum by Juanita Wheeler from Full & Frank.

Jaymie is an inspiring young mum. Along with her son Theo, Jaymie was a part of the Raise Foundation’s BUMP Program for young women who are pregnant and parenting.

A breakdown in family relationships led Jaymie to first become homeless when she was just 14 years of age. At the time she was in the program, Jaymie was juggling being a single parent to Theo, and completing Year 12 through distance education. She is now studying a dual diploma in Youth Work and Counselling, while working part time, caring for Theo and her baby daughter, and is poised to get married later this year.

Kicking for the Bigger Issues by Isabella Impiazzi from Big Issue Street Soccer Program.

The rates of homelessness and mental health instability are following an alarming upward trend wherever we look. Increased physical activity and improvements in fitness are consistently linked with positive changes in mental wellbeing, which has a knock-on effect on decreasing the probability of someone ending up on the streets.

The Big Issue is a social enterprise aimed at helping disadvantaged people get back on their feet, and their Street Soccer program is an innovative combination of these two elements by offering weekly soccer games that have open arms to anyone and everyone who wants to play.

Foundations of Love by Juanita Wheeler from Full & Frank

In July 2015, a small group of dedicated parents and children gathered on the future site of Queensland’s only children’s hospice, Hummingbird House. The group included families who had already lost a child before a children’s hospice was available in Queensland, and those families who were still living life with a child with a life limiting condition.

The Engwirda family, whose daughter Kate passed away in Sydney hospice Bear Cottage (the closest children’s hospice for Queensland families prior to the opening of Hummingbird House) had brought along a pair of Kate’s shoes. The family parted with these treasured items, a much-loved momento of Kate’s life, in order that they might live forever in the foundations of Hummingbird House.

Live Life Loudly by Lois Shuttleworth from Hear and Say.

At Hear and Say, children with hearing loss are given a hearing, speaking and listening future, so that they can live their life to the full.

This photo reflects the success of their program, as these children are doing what children do. Having fun and doing it loudly, with laughter and with joy. Hear and Say are proud of the work that they have done for 25 years, ensuring that children diagnosed with hearing loss across Queensland, wherever they live, can have their world opened to them; a world that is not limited by their hearing loss.

Friends come in all shapes and sizes by Lucy Mills from Sunshine Butterflies.

Kids and animals are a natural combination. Animals give children an opportunity to connect with another living being, which is extremely important to any child’s development.

Sunshine Butterflies’ new 5 care Hobby Farm ‘Our Backyard’ offers Animal Therapy to all members of the community. Through this program, individuals will learn to correctly interpret human and animal body language, understand animals cognition and emotions, build confidence, assist with animal enrichment programs, and most importantly, benefit from the emotional and psychological benefits of the cohesive bond between human and animal.

Steve’s Story by Melissa Haslam.

The Tin Can Bay Sub Branch Inc. is staffed predominantly by volunteers and works all year round to provide advocacy, welfare and companionship to current and former defence force members and their families.

One of the many programs implemented for the community is Adult Numeracy and Literacy to assist individuals to develop foundation skills on a one on one basis. Tasks ranging from reading the directions on a bottle of medicine, going food shopping, completing a tax return, to accessing information on the Internet, all require a reasonably high level of English literacy and numeracy. Many locals have taken advantage of such courses and Steve is one of the success stories.

Our Volunteer Heroes by Nalinesh Arun and Debra Lostroh from Diabetes Queensland.

Every day, 60 Queenslanders are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes Queensland’s essential support and services include providing the latest information on diabetes and diabetes care, a Helpline, advocating on behalf of Queenslanders with diabetes, and delivering practical education programs across the state.

‘Our Volunteer Heroes’ is a photo of Maureen and Deb, two of Diabetes Queensland’s dedicated volunteers, who are working on a mail out for their Members. Diabetes Queensland has 19 volunteers who attend the organisation weekly to support people living with diabetes in the community. The 19 office volunteers have 141 collective years of volunteer service to Diabetes Queensland!

Keeping the Legacy Alive by Melissa Haslam.

For many years, the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub Branch Inc has been building on ANZAC tradition by raising awareness at grass roots level and through local schools interaction, and contact. Volunteers, including Pam, work all year round to provide advocacy, welfare and mateship to current and former defence force members, as well as support the community.

Despite mobility, hearing and vision impairment, Pam is one of the valuable volunteers who keep the legacy alive with her role as RSL School Liaison Officer; a role she has maintained for the past 17 years. Pam is passionate about the children’s future and at the age of 94 years she is still actively promoting the values of the RSL.

The future of Lockhart River by Juanita Wheeler from Full & Frank.

“In 2015, I took my first trip to Lockhart River in Cape York. A key purpose of the visit was to capture the images, footage and stories that represented the community, the Puuya Foundation, and the work they were doing to build capacity within the community in order to build everyday leaders and empower the community to shape their own future,” says Juanita.

Greita is a formidable 25-year-old woman. Her childhood and youth were dominated by 18 years in the child safety system, the loss of three babies to premature complications and miscarriage, and the diagnosis of the autoimmune disease Lupus at the age of just 15. Greita’s understanding of the challenges she has overcome in childhood and as a young adult, and the challenges faced by children and young parents living in the Lockhart River community has inspired and driven her to become the best parent she can possibly be.

Graduation Celebration by Mary Jibson from Fresh Hope Association Inc.

Fresh Hope Association provides a service to mothers and their children suffering substance abuse due to the mother’s addiction. There is no happier time than when a mother completes the 18month program successfully and a graduation ceremony is held to acknowledge all the hard work the mother has undergone to be free of her addiction.

Helen recently graduated from the 18 month program. Helen came to Fresh Hope Association homeless and pushing a grocery trolley with her possessions and
baby. Helen now has her own rented home, is caring for four of her five children, is studying at university and holding down a paid position.

A brother’s help by Kate McLennan.

“My extended family were out walking and the little three-year-old, Marios, decided he was too tired to walk home. Victor, his nine-year-old brother, without hesitation, helped him by giving him a piggy back.”

Feeding Hungry Birds by Pat McDonald.

The feeding of the birds started when there was a drought and little for the birds to eat. This drought has passed, but around six to eight birds come back each morning and are rewarded with some seeds that are hand-fed to them by Pat.

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