Giving to Kids Giving Back

December 10, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney’s Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation is to support Kids Giving Back in the establishment of their new program, Connect4All.

Robyn Monro Miller –Chief Executive Officer Kids Giving Back, Daniel Goulburn – Chair Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation, Carol Schlessinger – Co-Director Kids Giving Back

This is the first time that the Foundation has awarded a grant to this organisation.

Kids Giving Back offers opportunities for children and young people aged 6-18 years, together with their families, to undertake voluntary work with other charitable organisations. Participants take on practical and meaningful activities to support the work of the charities whilst developing empathy, experiencing altruism and achieving a sense of belonging.

Through its new Connect4All program, Kids Giving Back will provide an opportunity for children with additional needs and their families to come together to cook meals for homeless people. Connect4All is based on the organisation’s successful Cook4Good program and will be modified for the participants’ special needs.

Speaking about the program Roxanne Dunkel, Chairperson of Kids Giving Back explained: “The Connect4All program is a new initiative that will increase access and inclusion to programs for children and families impacted by disability. We hope that our work in this area will be groundbreaking and we look forward to not only increasing the accessibility of our programs but sharing a process and model for other organisations to emulate. We are delighted to have the support of the Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation in bringing the concept to fruition.”

Carole Schlessinger & Ruth Tofler-Riesel are co-chairs. The program embraces the broader community but its heart is fundamentally Jewish.

Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation Chair, Daniel Goulburn added: “The Connect4All program’s aim of providing children with disabilities the opportunity to assist homeless people is unique in that it benefits both the giver and the receiver. The Foundation is proud to support Kids Giving Back in the establishment of this truly worthwhile program.”

The Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation announced the latest round of its grant recipients at its annual general meeting held on Monday 25th November. Kids Giving Back is a new organisation to receive a grant from the Foundation. Other organisations receiving grant extensions were Australian Jewish Fertility Network, Camp Sababa, Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (F.R.E.E.), Holdsworth Community, JewishCare for the Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy, Jewish House, Maccabi NSW, NSW Friendship Circle, Parkinson’s NSW, Shalom Gamarada and Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Foundation was seed-funded by Wolper Jewish Hospital with an initial contribution of $3 million on its establishment. The Hospital has since contributed an additional $1.6 million and is the Foundation’s sole financial supporter.

To date, the Foundation has granted over $880,000 in funds to a diverse range of organisations including disability, homelessness and suicide prevention, sport, cancer research, aged care and more.

Kids Giving Back is a charity offering programs for children 6-18 years old and their families which provides meaningful, age-appropriate opportunities to assist vulnerable people in the community through work with charities.

Embracing the concept of making a contribution back into the broader community, all activities undertaken support the work of charities whilst at the same time assisting children to acquire empathy, experience, altruism and achieve a sense of belonging.

Kids Giving Back programs create a ripple effect across the community educating, influencing, and empowering children and families that engage with our programs to make the concept of “giving back” a practice embedded into their daily life.

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