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.
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.
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.
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.
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.