Did you know that only 2 in 10 Aussie kids aged 5-17 get the physical activity they need each day?
That’s why Medibank is putting $500,000 towards community projects to get more kids active. We invited not-for-profit programs to apply for funding, and shortlisted 19 from around Australia. The overwhelming response demonstrated many of us share a commitment to healthier communities, but we need your help deciding which projects receive the funding.
Voting has now closed. Successful applications have been announced on Medibank’s Facebook page.
Cultural Healing and Fitness Centre
Region: VICDhauwurd-Wurrung Community Health Service is committed to eradicating chronic disease and the resulting health gap, as well as providing positive, fun and engaging activities to keep kids out of trouble. Their overall goal is to create social and emotional wellbeing within a healthy and strong community - for now, and future generations.
Engaging Youth Through Basketball
Region: WANight Hoops program aims to give every kid access to safe, positive, and fun activities on weekend evenings. Hoping to build connected communities, Night Hoops teaches mutual respect through basketball, workshops and rewarding great behaviour. Their network of community volunteers work together to provide support to local kids and teens and keep them off the streets.
NOSH: Nutrition, Outreach, Support, Health
Region: NSWThe NOSH program engages at-risk and homeless youth in all-inclusive after school activities, encouraging healthy participation within the Campbelltown community. Activities include basketball, cricket, football and soccer and are offered 3 nights a week, with separate timeslots for young teens and older youth. NOSH aims to further promote healthy lifestyles for kids by providing nutritious meals and hosting workshops.
YMCA Launceston Friday night ‘Hang Time’
Region: TASYMCA Launceston wants to provide local teenagers with the best community hangout possible. Their Friday 'Hang Time' initiative, focuses on keeping young people happy, healthy and active, with a big emphasis on fun. They offer activities such as rock climbing, bubble ball, team sports, crafts, dances - the options for teens are endless.
Region: VICB4H Melbourne and Rumbalara are giving young local people an opportunity to connect with community while getting fit. Through their program 'Bicycle Empowering Indigenous Youth', Indigenous teens receive bicycles and learn to ride. This fun and fit activity helps to build important safety and technical skills, as well as self esteem, independence and improve general wellbeing.
Region: WAThe Wirra Club runs out of Kwinana Community Hub, thanks to the Wirrpanda Foundation Limited. They aim to provide Indigenous kids with healthy snacks, a variety of sports and help with their homework - all delivered by Indigenous role models, who aspire to mentor youth. These mentors also assist kids and their family networks to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities within their local area.
Empowering Youth Program
Region: SAThe Empowering Youth Program is managed by the community arm of the Port Adelaide Football Club. The initiative supports youth ages 14 - 16 and aims to keep them physically active and socially engaged. The program empowers youth to make good choices through mentoring in leadership, respect, decision making, goal setting, managing finances, health and wellbeing, harm minimisation and - of course - sport.
Treehouse Family Fitness Program
Region: QLDFunding for the Treehouse Family Fitness Program helps children and families who face challenges to get active and have fun! The supportive network brings families into a safe environment where every child has the opportunity to ‘give it a go!’. As well as fitness, they're focused on building friendships and providing counsel to one another through difficult times.
Carinbundi Kids Sport and Recreation Program
Region: QLDCarinbundi Kids Sports and Rec Program encourages active living for kids through promoting mainstream sport, with a further focus to engage kids with disabilities. By developing relationships with a wide range of community sporting groups, Carinbundi Kids coaches participants in their chosen activity.
The Hornsby Healthy Kids Program
Region: NSWHornsby Healthy Kids are a team of inspiring local health experts setting out to promote healthy weight to children and adults, addressing the community's major concern around wellbeing. Focusing on at-risk families, the team believe education that promotes the benefits of active play and healthy food choices is the key to change. Through this program, and specifically by demonstrating skills necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices, they aim to help parents and children live more prosperous, healthier lives.
Breathing Fire – Manly Junior Dragons
Region: QLDFunding for the Manly Dragon Boat Club goes toward getting more teens active, more often, through the development of their junior squad - Manly Fire Breathers. Dragon boating is a great way for teens to enjoy exercise while developing new skills, confidence and friendships. Promoting positive body image and increased energy levels are further benefits of healthy lifestyles encouraged by their initiative.
TRYStars – Skills for Life
Region: WATRYstars provides opportunities for kids aged 6-15 to develop fundamental movement, social and life skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. The program teaches the basics of swimming, riding and running - skills essential for every Australian child to be active. Triathlon is a sport for life!
Go For It Avondale Primary School
Region: VICAvondale Primary School aims to promote fun, fit and healthy lifestyles for kids. 'Go For It!' is their initiative designed to get kids inspired and involved in local sporting clubs. By improving their school sporting oval, they can facilitate partnerships between local junior clubs, as well as provide a suitable ground for a variety of community activities.
Western Desert Junior Sports League
Region: WAWestern Desert Junior Sports League provides the opportunity for school aged children from across eight remote Indigenous communities to participate in a ‘structured’ sports competition - a first for most of them. Preparing for the league involves daily training, which increases the kids levels of physical activity and provides strong encouragement and motivation, while connecting them with a supportive community network.
Multicultural Dance Mentoring 4 Youth - Street Dreams
Region: NSWStreet Dreams is a dance, fitness and mentoring program for young Australians. The initiative aims to keep young people fit, active and inspired through free dance classes offered nationwide. Justice Crew are ambassadors for Street Dreams, and aspire to mentor and encourage participants to live to their full potential.
Eed-ar-th-ar Nee-tji-kar (Living Life)
Region: NTEed-ar-th-ar Nee-tji-kar is aimed at encouraging physical activities using traditional methods encouraging reconnection to land. They want to help people get back into physical activities through eating bushfood, dancing and spending time with family learning about country. They want to get kids active and living life, starting with a healthy mind and body.
Tudor Park PCYC Rhythm and Dance Programs
Region: QLDThe Tudor Park PCYC offer Rhythm and Dance classes to school students who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Funding for this initiative allows significantly more kids to participate in an active, fun and supportive after school program. Their 45 minute classes cater for children of all ages, from all walks of life, and encourage community spirit and participation.
The Huddle - Kanga’s First Kick
Region: VICKanga's First Kick is a clinic focused on providing young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with their first taste of AFL football. It's fun, free and a great example of our community coming together through sport, and aims to involve 600 girls and boys in 2016/17.
SEWS All Inclusive Playground: ’Let's Get Active'
Region: NSWThe SEWS All Inclusive Playground program is a safe, accessible and interactive space of fun activities for young students of all abilities. SEWS supports youth with Autism, as well as severe intellectual and physical disabilities, providing a safe and inclusive environment. The ‘Let’s Get Active’ playground initiative aims to remove any barriers of play between students with varying levels of ability, their families, and students from other schools. Funding for SEWS would assist in improving their playground infrastructure to make it safe and fun for everyone.