Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Seville Township Group operates in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and aims to improve Seville for the benefit of the local community and those in the surrounding areas. They hold an FRRR Not-for-profit Fundraising account on behalf of the Seville War Memorial Committee. An “epic” eight years in the making, this project is now very close to completion. While the Committee hosted a Remembrance Day Service in November 2021, after adding finishing touches at the end of last year – including lighting – the group is now planning what they believe may be the first local Dawn Service for ANZAC Day next month.

While it’s a War Memorial first and foremost, it is also a public work of art, and an emotive and educational tribute to the nation’s military heritage. Constructed out of four glass panels with images and text on the internal and external surfaces, the almost four-metre tall design is a modern memorial, commemorating the service and sacrifices of local veterans, including George Ingram VC MM, a Seville local who was awarded the Victoria Cross in WWI.

The group noted that completing the project under budget while still achieving what they set out to do was a challenge, especially given COVID-related disruptions. Derry Aulich, President of the Seville Township Group wrote, “Our biggest learning curve was managing the project and its milestones.”
 
Holding an FRRR Fundraising account meant that they could receive tax deductible donations from the community. In total, they raised $60,173 through the account – around one third of the total project budget. “FRRR’s support throughout the project has been crucial in our budgeting and planning,” Derry wrote.

This unique War Memorial will stand out, not just in the Yarra Valley but among memorials across Australia, and the community of Seville now for the first time has a dedicated place to pay respects to those who have perished in active service.  They hope it will be an educational tool for future generations.

Lest we forget.

If your group would like to know how you could partner with FRRR to raise funds for an important community priority, contact Jo Kemp, Philanthropic Services Manager.

Did you know that some schools in remote Australian communities might have as few as 15 books in their library?

That discovery in 2017 prompted Corey Tutt to start sourcing and supplying resources himself, initially from his personal library. DeadlyScience Limited was established in 2020, and is now a registered charity. Through DeadlyScience, Corey is seeking to inspire a new generation of scientists.
It focuses on providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and early learning reading resources to remote Australian schools to help increase engagement.

The initial priority is schools with a high proportion of Indigenous children. Where possible, and appropriate, DeadlyScience sources materials from Indigenous authors, artists, and translated versions in Indigenous languages. In the three and a bit years since inception, DeadlyScience has had more than 110 schools requesting resources.

They have delivered more than 16,000 books, 500 telescopes (and basic science kits), 80 educational resources and six greenhouses (plus seeds, and educational materials to support food production projects) to more than 100 Australian schools and/or communities.

This growth looks set to continue as the organisation gains more momentum and profile. Another key activity involves maintaining a website to support teachers in remote schools with access to high quality scientific research and relevant experts in their fields (also of Indigenous background, where possible). 

In 2020, DeadlyScience partnered with FRRR to set up a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account, allowing them to attract tax deductible contributions from a broad range of donors to expand their activities and support the overall capacity and operations. 

You can add your support by donate securely online, or check out the DeadlyScience website to learn more about their work.

To learn more about opening a Not-For-Profit fundraising account, get in touch with Jo Kemp.