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Natural Disaster Relief – Assisting farmers in need.

“Many of these farmers won’t just fail financially, but may become victims of depression through no fault of their own making (especially if they aren’t assisted).”  One Light  presenting a cheque to Brian Egan from Aussie Helpers in support of the Buy A Bale Campaign, with Channel 7 Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew.  

Vanuatu disaster Relief 

Simon, his wife Lomail, and their son Cassery live in the small village on the island of Ambrym, Vanuatu. Simon was one of the few people in his community who lived in a house made of concrete. Despite this, his home was not secure enough to withstand the devastating 250km/hr winds that Cyclone Pam unleashed on this small island and the rest of Vanuatu last year.

The cyclone left Simon with virtually nothing and his family had no choice but to live in a makeshift shelter of tarpaulin with temporary walls from the remnants of their old house. With the help of Habitat, however Simon received a shelter kit with wood, zinc sheet for roofing, timber for columns and beams and cyclone straps. Simon’s community also received a set of tools from Habitat that families in the community can borrow. The borrowing of tools operates like a toy library where community members can request use of a set of repair and construction tools. The rules for use of the tools are discussed and agreed by the community.

Habitat Australia will use Bartercard funding to provide accommodation for the technical program staff from our Fiji office, and for materials in our repair kits and house rebuilds which will take place over the months ahead.

    

Cyclone Marcia- Disaster Relief

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia crossed the coast at Shoalwater Bay (north northwest of Yeppoon). Marcia crossed the coast at category 5 intensity in a largely uninhabited area, although significant damage was recorded at Yeppoon and Rockhampton as the system weakened after making landfall. There was structural damage to houses, uprooted trees, downed power lines and evidence of storm surge elsewhere in parts of the Capricornia district, including (but not limited to) the towns of Byfield,Yeppoon  and Rockhampton. One Light donated 120 bedding sets to online charity GIVIT, that were distributed throughout north Queensland’s Cyclone Marcia recovery zone.

   

Homeless Services – Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth

Many young homeless people have fled from their dysfunctional and abusive environments only to find themselves in a far worse predicament on the streets. A number of these young people have been abused by those closest to them, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse.There is a serious shortage of beds and quality housing for homeless youth on the Gold Coast.

One Light Charity Foundation provided the fitout such as curtains, carpet, furniture etc.

Extreme Poverty

Soles4Souls Australia collected gently worn and new shoes for children, women and men in need around the world both in Australia and abroad, who are disadvantaged because they do not own shoes or have inadequate footwear. All shoes were sent to donation locations Australia-wide. Participating Bartercard and One Light offices included Canberra, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia.

Medical Palliative care

At any given time around 3,700 Queensland families are living with, loving, and supporting a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. The emotional, physical and financial struggle for these families can be immense.Bartercard South Gold Coast (BSGC), in collaboration with the foundation, has donated  more than 60 bedding sets to Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.

 

Medical Care

One Light Charity donated a $5,985 Fiji Family Holiday as the major prize for the Wear A Wig raffle at the Plus500 Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels match. All proceeds going to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the leading organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia, forging alliances globally to achieve their mission to increase five-year survival to 50% by 2023.

     

Education – Scholarships

A good education is essential to change and heal our world. One Light Charity Foundation and one of its premier donors Bartercard award up to six Bond University Scholarships each year to deserving candidates. Over the past eight years we have awarded over thirty scholarships of whom more than twenty have already graduated. These graduates have all entered the workforce as leaders of the future.

       

Education – Early Childhood Development Program

Work is just about to commence on this project which incorporates the refurbishment of two existing classrooms and the creation of a community hub where parents of young children with newly diagnosed disabilities can meet with other like families for information evenings and support. One Light Charity Foundation is combining with the Matt Rogers charity 4ASDKids, Peddle Thorp Architects and Condev Construction Pty Ltd to undertake this project so that children, teachers and parents can move into a much improved facility.