The Fortnum Foundation was delighted this week to present cheques to three hard working Queensland charities, all focused on helping children in our communities and Fairway Financial Advice are proud of our association with the Fortnum Foundation. Representatives from the charities Zephyr Education, McIntyre Centre (Riding for Disabled) and Aunties and Uncles Queensland, came together with Fortnum Group Advisers and the Fortnum Foundation, to hear about how the funds will help children in need. Funds will be used to:
- provide immediate school needs such as clothing, books, stationery and shoes to children whose families have entered domestic violence shelters; often arriving at a shelter with only the clothes on their back, and in particular no belongings to attend school. Zepher Education can speedily provide these resources, helping in a very stressful situation.
- support a specially trained horse (Beau at the McIntyre Centre) who helps provide life changing therapy to young people with a disability. For example, George (10 years), whose parents were told he was unlikely to walk, is today, an enthusiastic horse rider. Years of therapeutic riding have developed his core strength and posture and he now walks into the Centre to ride his favourite horse.
- contribute to funding a social worker to link mentor Aunts and Uncles with vulnerable and socially isolated children aged 1- 11 years. Children are linked with a mentor (Aunt/Uncle) who offer each child time, attention, care, stability, guidance and exposure to new experiences to empower them to reach their potential and establish their future.