This morning I gave $165,567 to inner-city charities, taking donations from my Lord Mayor's salary trust to over $1.1 million since I was elected in 2004.
By donating my Lord Mayoral salary, I can directly help some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. These projects often find it hard to get the funding they need, so I'm proud to play a part in helping them.
The five grants have been awarded to:
- RSPCA NSW's Living Ruff Project ($10,000): to give full assistance to the pets of homeless people, including temporary accommodation for pets while their owners are placed in stable accommodation. The RSPCA has also negotiated with a crisis accommodation provider to designate four of its six accommodation units as dog and cat friendly in a pilot project.
- Redfern Legal Centre's Housing NSW Repairs Kit ($12,000): printing, editing and design of a kit to help public housing tenants get Housing NSW to repair their homes.
- Sisters of Charity Scholarship Program ($40,000): two scholarships for profoundly disadvantaged women living in the City of Sydney for whom tertiary education would otherwise be out of reach.
- Weave Arts Workshop & Exhibitions ($20,000): painting and sculpture workshops over six months for young people who are socially excluded and/or suffer from dual diagnosis. The workshops will culminate with exhibitions during 2012. The grant will assist with the purchase of artists' and exhibition materials.
- Centipede at Glebe School's Out & About Program ($34,367): five school vacation camping trips for disadvantaged Glebe children - to be run during school vacations from January 2012 to September/October 2013. It will give older children a break from their usual environment and experience the great outdoors. The children who will benefit come from families who cannot afford to take them on holiday. Holiday destinations include Bathurst/Hill End, Jenolan Caves, a farm stay and a wildlife park.
- B Miles Women's Foundation's Preparing For Home ($5000): designed to prepare women for independent living while they are in supported accommodation. The grant will address a gap in the social housing program, which doesn't include funding to assist with these transition.
- UTS's Kangaroo Court think tank ($25,000): A research project investigating compliance with the national code covering humane culling of kangaroos, to ensure it is adhered to and enforced.
- The Wayside Chapel's Aboriginal Project ($19,200): will include a weekly arts and crafts activity, a weekly cooking class, a fortnightly off-site activity and away weekends.
The trust focuses on innovative projects that make a practical difference with real outcomes. It funds organisations that operate wholly or partially in the City of Sydney Local Government Area.