At the start of every year, our leadership team shortlists four charities (two Australian and two Sri Lankan) for our members to vote on during University Orientation Week. They are charities that meet our association’s charitable purposes which are “to make a positive impact to the lives of the individuals and communities in, though not limited to, Australia and Sri Lanka” (SLAYA Constitution, 220.127.116.11) within the areas of health, education and inclusivity.
The charities that we will be supporting in 2019 are:
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) & The Foundation of Goodness
Since our inception, we have been fortunate enough to work alongside a vast array of charities by hosting events in order to assist them in reaching their goals. Shown below is a list of some of the most recent charities we have supported and a short blurb about them.
Half of the funds raised from our Springbreak: So Fresh EOS went towards funding an Aboriginal Mental Health Youth Festival as there had been a large number of suicides of Aboriginal youth in the Armadale area. Headspace Armadale is working to create awareness that there is always somewhere to go to for support.Leukaemia Foundation $3 500 (2017)
They are committed to the care and cure of patients and families living with blood cancer and related blood disorders.Starlight Children’s Foundation $500 (2018)
They aim to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by developing programs based on positive psychology principles that support the ‘total care’ of children and teens.YMCA YCounselling $470 (2018)
They help young people to resolve crisis, reduce stress and make goals to improve wellbeing through the provision of short and long-term, low-cost counselling. Their service is suitable for youth between 12 – 25 years old and/or their families around a variety of issues. Furthermore, they also provide group programs.
Sri Lankan Charities
They aim to narrow the gap between urban and rural life in Sri Lanka by fighting poverty through productive activities across 30 empowerment sectors including Arts & Multimedia, Children, Enterprise & Empowerment, Environment, Housing, Medical & Psycho-Social Support, Sports Development & Management and more.Sevana Lama Nivasa $550 (2018)
A home providing opportunities, guidance and security for children with special needs to improve their education, skills and self-sufficiency so they can become independent, useful members of society.Sri Lanka Flood Relief $2 670 (2017)
In 2017, over 500,000 people were displaced and over 160 were killed due to the floods and landslides during the monsoon season – with several areas are in a state of emergency. This money was collected by us and our correspondents in Sri Lanka distributed rations to the victims.