Run entirely by volunteers, Night Hoops is a unique organisation in Perth that hosts free evening basketball tournaments on Friday and Saturday nights for youths aged 12-18. The players come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including those who are at-risk and significantly disadvantaged.
Night Hoops is more than just basketball however. The program also provides young people with life-skills workshops and the opportunity to establish positive connections with local police, volunteers and peers within their community. The program delivers a safe, structured atmosphere where positive behaviour is rewarded.
Thanks to Jetstar's Flying Start grant, Night Hoop will fund a six-day cultural tour of Singapore for 10 of the program's most promising Indigenous youth players, where they will go head-to-head with some of the best teams in South East Asia.The players were selected on their basketball skills, leadership qualities, resilience and overall enthusiasm for the program. The trip is scheduled to take place in June this year (2015).
Reading out of Poverty
Supporting children and families from marginalised backgrounds with literacy skills, Reading out of Poverty provides a strong foundation for children to learn to read so they can succeed in education, reach their full potential and contribute to the community.
Established in Melbourne in 2010, Reading out of Poverty has since shared a range of pre-literacy activities and resources to more than 3,500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promoting a love and habit for reading, the charity will now be able to distribute more than 5,000 children’s books and expand into the Northern Territory thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start grant.
SISTER 2 Sister
Designed to empower vulnerable teenage girls to help them turn their lives around, Sydney-based charity SISTER2Sister is a mentoring and risk management program that aims to have a positive lasting impact.
Assigned with a Big Sister, each and every girl in the program has a positive female role model to provide constant support, guidance and advice.
From how to cook on a budget to developing a winning resume, the girls are continually learning and even get the chance to be involved in life changing experiences, such as climbing 134 metres above the sea on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb or heading off on four day Butterfly boot camps.
Thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start funding, SISTER2Sister can continue to make a positive difference and achieve its goal of expanding into Victoria in 2014, helping more marginalised girls grow into strong and successful women.
Hear and Say
Imagine a world with no sound. Not listening to your sister’s laugh when you pull a funny face or hearing your mum tell you she loves you. That is the reality for hundreds of children born with a hearing impairment across Queensland.
Determined to give children born with hearing loss the best chance to lead a life without limitation, Brisbane-based not-for-profit Hear & Say has created a world-leading service to teach children how to listen and speak.
Combining modern hearing technology such as the cochlear implant and specialised Auditory-Verbal Therapy, Hear & Say are currently helping more than 600 children discover the joy of communication, including in remote Queensland where remote children benefit from the project over Skype.
And thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start grassroots funding program those remote children are set to swap Skype for the skies, with the airline awarding Hear & Say a $30,000 grant to help connect rural kids with their therapist at a special outreach camp in Brisbane in October.
Each year more than 2000 Australian children are born with life-threatening childhood heart disease and require major surgery to survive.
In South Australia, these children must travel to Melbourne to access paediatric heart surgery not available locally. Some of them have just a few hours’ notice before departing and can stay for 10 days to a year.
HeartKids SA is a not-for-profit charity that helps to reduce the financial and emotional strain on families affected by childhood heart disease, by providing education, financial support and counselling services.
Through Jetstar’s Flying Start program, HeartKids SA has been able to help more families affected by childhood heart disease, by providing free flights to Melbourne with Jetstar as well as financial assistance when interstate.
The Song Room
Congratulations to The Song Room, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation awarded with the third Jetstar Flying Start Program grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel to be used for a ground-breaking music program for Australian primary school children. The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that brightens the futures of Australia's most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs.
The grant will enable The Song Room to expand its music programs across the country. The charity is looking to host a school excursion for students to travel interstate to Sydney to see a live performance at one of Australia's most recognisable cultural icons, the Sydney Opera House.
Shoes for Planet Earth
Congratulations to Shoes for Planet Earth, the second Flying Start grant recipient. Shoes for Planet Earth co-founders Viv Kartsounis and Nick Drayton from Sydney, source, clean and deliver running shoes to homeless shelters, disaster victims, sports groups and anyone in need in Australia and internationally.
The grant comprising $15,000 in Jetstar flights and $15,000 in cash will enable them to step up the charity operation and spread its reach. Currently, donated running shoes are washed in a cement mixer called “Mona”, named after marathon runner Steve Moneghetti. The industrial washing machine Shoes for Planet Earth is purchasing with the aid of the Flying Start funding will cut down the time and physical effort required to clean shoes. The flights component of the grant worth $15,000 will enable delivery of shoes to those in need at the various ports where Jetstar flies to.
Queensland-based Mummy's Wish a charity offering practical support to mums who are facing cancer, is the first Jetstar Flying Start Program grant recipient in Australia.
From a helping hand with the house work to ensuring families stay connected with the provision of iPads to Skype on, Mummy's Wish is all about helping to maintain a normal family life in the face of adversity.
The $15,000 cash and $15,000 travel grant will enable Mummy's Wish to further provide a range of care and services to 100 mums and their families across Queensland, and will assist in the expansion of its services to help families in New South Wales later this year.