One hundred community groups across Australia have each been awarded $10,000 from Telstra’s Everyone Connected program to help them better access technology.
Speaking at a launch event in Darwin, Telstra Chief Executive Officer David Thodey said grant recipients included groups focused on education, indigenous development through technology, connecting disabled members of the community and cyber safety.
“Many of the groups were working with disadvantaged communities,” Thodey said.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Telstra Foundation announced earlier this year that it was donating $1 million to help Australian children and young people make the most of modern communication technologies.
“As people increasingly go online for both business and social purposes, the consequences of not being connected become much more profound.
“Telstra’s view is that access is fundamental and as an organisation we are determined to help people develop the skills and capability to go online and stay safe and protected while they are doing so – that’s what these grants are all about.”
One hundred organisations across every Australian state and territory are among grant recipients including the Darwin-based Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation, the Geeveston Community Centre south of Hobart, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance north of Sydney and Youth Futures WA near Perth.
“These organisations are working in communities that each have different needs and face different technology challenges. The Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation will use the grant to provide technology that will allow the Literacy & Numeracy trainer to regularly visit remote outstations to familiarise residents and young people with a computer,” Thodey said.
“The Cerebal Palsy Alliance in Sydney will use the grant to engage young people with Cerebal Palsy to create an online community to increase connectedness, independence and confidence.”
Thodey said each of the Everyone Connected grant recipients had been endorsed by a Telstra employee.
“Telstra team members are involved in many of our community development and sustainability programs including Telstra’s Kids Fund, matched payroll giving and employee volunteering,” he said.
“Over the past 10 years, the Telstra Foundation has committed $40 million to almost 7000 projects. In August this year, also as part of the Everyone Connected program, the Telstra Foundation announced an $8 million multi-year partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to develop and deliver eSmart Libraries across Australia.”
Successful organisations will receive the grant payments in November 2012.
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Cowandilla Primary School
Guide Dogs SA.NT
Multicultural Youth South Australia Incorporated.
UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide Inc
Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation
Amangal Aboriginal Corporation
Life Education Top End
Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation
The Global Good Foundation
West Australian Institute for Deaf Education – Department of Education
Youth Futures WA Inc
School for Parents
Isolated Childrens and Parents Association of South Australia
Nipapanha Community Incorporated
Baptist Care (SA) Inc.
East Murray Area School
Mowanjum Artists Spirit of The wandjina Aboriginal Corporation
Western Australian Achievement Association Inc
Activ Foundation Inc
The Smith Family
Coastlife Property Ltd
Police Citizens Youth Clubs Nsw Ltd
Ambarvale High School
Workers Educational Association Illawarra
White Ribbon Foundation
Bunjum Aboriginal Co-op Ltd
Murwillumbah Adult Education Centre Inc. trading as Murwillumbah Community College
Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre Inc
Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation Ltd
Inverell Shire Public Library (Inverell Shire Council)
Macleay Vocational College
Police Citizens Youth Clubs Nsw Ltd
Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation
Eastern Riverina Arts
Eastern Respite and Recreation
National Children's and Youth Law Centre
The Salvation Army (NSW) Social Work
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Recognition of Special Education Charity Inc.
St Lucy's School
The Ponds School for Specific Purposes
Youth Reach – St Vincent de Paul Society Nsw
Auburn Diversity Services Incorporated
Bates Drive School for Special Purposes (NSW Department of Training and Communities
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
St George & Sutherland Community College Incorporated
SydWest Multicultural Services Inc.
Bourke & District Children's Services
Police & Community Youth Clubs NSW Limited
Rural Ministry Unit
Shine For Kids
Aspley Special School
Open Doors Youth Service Inc.
Darling Point Special School
Eight Mile Plains State School
Mater Hospital Special School
Mount Ommaney Special School
Tudor Park Police-Citizens Youth Club
Regional Organisation of Communities of Cape York Inc)
Young People Ahead Inc
Gold Coast Youth Service Inc
Robina State School – Special Education Program
Streams of Living Water Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven .
Townsville Community Learning Centre – A State Special School
Debra Australia Incorporated
Mercy Family Services (Toowoomba)
Buddina State School
Emerald North State School
Australian Red Cross Society
Gateways Support Services
Interact Australia (Victoria) Ltd
Kids Plus Foundation
The Salvation Army
Bass Valley Primary School
Morwell Primary School (Tobruk Street)
Challenge Cancer Support Network Inc.
Deaf Children Australia
Footscray Football Club Ltd
Inclusion Melbourne Inc
Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc
Student Youth Network Inc.
Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc.
Kalparrin Early Intervention Program
Vermont South Special School
Karingal Place Inc
Scope (Vic) Ltd
Seaford Primary School
Peter Harcourt Disability Services Ltd
The Salvation Army – Pathways
Pinarc Disability Support Inc
Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation
Geeveston Community Centre Inc
Queechy High School