Online Auction Supporting The Fremantle Foundation

This year we’ve taken the Silent Auction for the Fremantle Ball online!

The Silent Auction is open to everyone, so regardless of whether or not you’re attending the Fremantle Ball this Friday 11th August 2017 you can still hop online and start bidding.

Click here to check out the online Silent Auction and register to start your bidding.

Bidding for the Silent Auction will close at 10.30PM AWSTFriday 11th August 2017.

Accommodation Special at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Our Gold Sponsors and hosts – the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges are offering a special accommodation rate for guests on the night of the Fremantle Ball.

The first 20 bookings for Friday night will receive the special rate of $139 including breakfast.

Call the Reservations team on 9432 4000 now to redeem!

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Night Hoops – creating belonging

A sense of belonging to a wider social group can be a powerful positive influence in the lives of young people. It can help them form lasting relationships, learn about respect and co-operation, and provide them with role models to emulate. And one of the most effective ways of creating a sense of belonging among young people is to get them involved in sport.

This fact was the driving force in the creation of Night Hoops, an inclusion, diversion, and engagement program that uses basketball as a means to reach young people in need. For over three years in the Fremantle/Cockburn area, Night Hoops has run regular six-week tournaments on Saturday nights, and these open the way to wider lessons in belonging and participation. It’s not so much about winning, as participation, engagement and respect.

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The locked-door events combine basketball games with compulsory life-skills workshops and a healthy meal for all participants, and positive behaviour is rewarded with prizes. The workshops can cover such diverse topics as managing money and didgeridoo playing. Run by volunteers who coach and supervise, Night Hoops helps to create important connections within the community, making it more inclusive and safer for all.

In addition, the older participants are encouraged to mentor younger players, which provides the dual benefit of role modelling and giving the younger kids an aspirational incentive – they know that if they do the right thing one day they will be the role models. The results of the Night Hoops program have been outstanding across several communities, and there is no doubt that it has helped to motivate some of the kids to go on to apprenticeships, get scholarships and join the services, and some return as tournament managers after they reach 18 years.

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The cost of a program like Night Hoops compared to the constructive social outcomes it produces make it a sensible and beneficial investment for the whole community – people who belong care about the community they live in. Through a major grant of $100,000 from the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle initiative, Night Hoops will deliver tournaments in the Fremantle area throughout 2017 and 2018.

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Homework Club – lessons learned after school

Attendance at school can be an indicator of academic performance, but it’s often hard to figure out what motivates kids to go to school, or not.

One school in the greater Fremantle area has experienced an increase in attendance and an associated lift in the academic performance of some of their students – and the source is an unexpected one.

A few years ago, small groups of unsupervised children were spending time after school hours in the Library opposite the Caralee Community School to make use of free wi-fi. But their presence was disruptive and at times threatening. A group of stakeholders including the South West Metropolitan Forum, the City of Melville, and the principals of Caralee Community School and Melville Senior High School chose to take a positive approach to meeting the need arising from this situation.

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Reasoning that what the kids needed was the presence of an authority figure they could respect, the team secured funding from the City of Melville for a short-term solution, placing an Education Assistant in the library. That solution has now been in place for three years, and has grown into the Homework Club. The Club offers attendees one on one tutoring, and they use supervised access to the library’s resources to complete their homework and assignments.

The outcome is that among kids who regularly attend the library after hours, school attendance has increased by up to 20% – they do their homework more regularly and their academic performance has improved, and because they are no longer afraid or embarrassed to come to school, they are also less prone to disruptive behaviour.

Although the original program was intended to be a short term solution, ongoing funding via the Fremantle Foundation and other partners ensures it will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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Kai Eardley Fund – creating opportunity out of tragedy

One of the most challenging health-related issues facing Australians today is that of mental health. And the consequences of severe mental health disorders can be devastating to the friends and families of victims. The statistics tell us that suicide is the largest cause of death among men aged 19 to 45 – and for every one of those statistics there is a very personal tale of grief.

Claire Eardley’s son Kai took his own life in 2016, leaving his parents, brothers Cam and Joey, and his girlfriend Jasmyn heartbroken but determined. To honour Kai’s memory they would embark on a mission to create positive change for the mental health of today’s youth. Together they created the Kai Eardley Fund at the Fremantle Foundation, with the aim of developing a peer based program available to young men to provide them with the skills to navigate mental illness and endure the crises they will inevitably encounter in life.

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Through the Kai Eardley Fund, Claire has been able to support the delivery of mental health workshops delivered by Tom Bell, one of “The bloke whispers” featured in the recent ABC Man Up program. Participants find out that men can be strong, dependable and tough – in keeping with our traditional Aussie self-image – but shouldn’t be afraid to have times when they are emotionally fragile or feel vulnerable. And yes, men can even cry.

By the end of the workshop, the boys involved are able to redefine what it is to be a man, and have a greater understanding of the true complexity and diversity of masculinity. They also learn the value of friendship, and being able to rely on each other for support.

Through support for the Kai Eardley Fund, Claire aims to bring Tom Bell back to WA to deliver as many as 80 workshops in 2018, providing a road to positive mental health for some 2400 young West Aussie blokes. They’ve raised the funds, they have the proof that it works, and the positive change it can bring.

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Fremantle’s Vital Signs Launch + Vital Conversation

You are invited to launch the first ever Fremantle’s Vital Signs report and take part in a Vital Conversation about the health of our community. Space is limited. Please RSVP below.

Together we will “take the pulse” of Fremantle.

Key Dates – Look out for your copy of Fremantle’s Vital Signs this weekend 21/22 July – Fremantle’s Vital Signs report distributed to 30,000+ homes in the wider Fremantle community through The Herald 28 July – Fremantle Vital Signs Launch and Vital Conversation – please join us!

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What is Vital Signs?

Vital Signs is a community checkup conducted by community foundations around the world that measures the vitality of communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life.

Fremantle’s Vital Signs

With an accessible layout, Fremantle’s Vital Signs is aimed at increasing the awareness of current social issues and importantly, inspiring a response.

In a first for our community, we take an initial snapshot of Fremantle’s vital statistics including Health, Learning, Belonging and The Gap Between Rich and Poor.

Fremantle’s Vital Signs then gives us all a framework in future reports to judge the health of our community. And for the Fremantle Foundation, Fremantle’s Vital Signs provides direction for grant making and social impact advice.

We’d love your input

You will join community leaders, Fremantle Foundation Board members, donors and special guests as we discuss the vital issues in Fremantle together. We’d love your input as we all take a closer look at the Fremantle’s Vital Signs report for the first time.

Launch: Fremantle’s Vital Signs and Vital Conversation

WHEN:   10.00am-12.00pm, Friday 28 July

WHERE: Old Boys School Fremantle, 92 Adelaide Street Fremantle WA 6160

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP: REGISTER HERE for the Official Launch of Fremantle’s Vital Signs and Vital Conversation

The launch of Fremantle’s Vital Signs and Vital Conversation is part of the Social Impact Festival.

Partners Fremantle’s Vital Signs is project of the Fremantle Foundation.

A very special thanks to our project partners for their incredible support:


Please join us to launch Fremantle’s Vital Signs and take part in a Vital Conversation about our community’s future. 

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INVITATION: Tour the Old Boys School Fremantle

You may have noticed the Fremantle Foundation moved offices not so long ago… and to celebrate our new space in the Old Boys School along with DADAA, PianoEasy and CircusWA, we’re taking part in the Social Impact Festival Open House!

The Social Impact Open House offers you a chance to take a peek inside the organisations and spaces making a positive impact every day.

The Social Impact Open House is one day where many organisations and spaces around the Perth metro area open their doors to the general public for tours, Q&A, or simply a quick visit. Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask and discover impact happening in all corners of the city.

Open House: Tour the Old Boys School, Fremantle

Join us for a short tour of the Fremantle Old Boys’ School as we show you around our new home in the heart of Fremantle’s East End.

Come along and meet staff from the Fremantle FoundationDADAAPianoEasy and CircusWA.

The fourth stage or building works have been completed and we’ve just moved in. See the grandeur of this iconic building, and hear about plans for Stage 5 that will see the fit-out of a gallery, cafe, cinema, digital studio and other spaces that will activate the space into a vibrant arts and cultural hub for the whole community.

WHEN: Drop in between 10.00AM and 12 NOON on Monday 24th July, 2017

WHERE: Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle WA 6160

We hope to see you soon for a tour of our new home!

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Success at the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards!

We were recently honoured to win the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce’s Fremantle Business Awards 2017.

And we were extremely proud of our Executive Officer Dylan Smith who was awarded the Most Outstanding Personal Achievement Award. It was fantastic to see Dylan recognised for his ongoing contribution to the Fremantle community and tireless work leading the Fremantle Foundation.

Making the night even more incredible, a surprise donation was announced at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Seacorp Managing Director Craig Thompson pledged to donate $50,000 to the joint winners of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award – the Fremantle Foundation (us) and Black Swan Health!

We have since met with Mr Thompson and are thrilled they have decided to use their donation to the Fremantle Foundation to establish a Named Fund. It is wonderful to see Fremantle businesses, like Seacorp, demonstrating their own corporate social responsibility and embracing philanthropy to support the Fremantle community.

We wouldn’t exist without the support and generosity of our donors, Board Members, Committee Members and volunteers so would like to extend our thanks to you! We love our Fremantle community.

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NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

The City of Fremantle have an exciting schedule of events you can participate in for NAIDOC Week. We’d recommend checking out the NAIDOC Week Opening EventSean Choolburra Live in the Heart of Hilton and the Buds and Blooms NAIDOC Week special.

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