Raise - The Youth Mentoring Foundation

Did you know that suicide is now the leading killer of young people in Australia?

More young people are lost to suicide than to the road toll, or to any disease. The presence of a caring adult – not necessarily a parent – is the single biggest predictor of positive mental health outcomes for young people.

However, the more risk factors a young person faces, the less likely they are to have a natural mentor in their life? This is not OK.

Raise Foundation aims to fill this gap by providing young people with a confiding relationship with a trusted adult, a positive role model, during the critical teenage years.

Our vision is to create thriving communities by empowering our young people to become resilient, capable and connected through best practice mentoring programs

In 2018 we are supporting over 1000 young people most at risk through our mentor programs in schools and in the community. Help us provide a mentor for another 1000 young people next year.

Each of our volunteer mentors is provided with 12 hours of TAFE accredited training prior to being matched with a young person. Our fundraising target of $50,000 will allow us to train another 250 mentors in 2019.

Walk Upstream with Raise - Together we can make a REAL difference.

Find out more about Raise Foundation

Very Special Kids

Very Special Kids cares for more than 950 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition, with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to bereavement and beyond.

The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice. Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children's hospice in Victoria and offers families access to 24-hour planned and emergency respite care and end-of-life care.

Money raised through the Upstream Challenge will go towards our ‘Mates Weekends’ and other dedicated Hospice programs. Very Special Kids ‘Mates Weekend’ Program has been designed to bring together children who have a comparable cognitive level and face similar mental and physical challenges, in a safe and shared environment. Such conditions include muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other rare syndromes. Many of these types of conditions are genetic, hereditary and progressive diseases.

The ‘Mates Weekend’ Program provides a supportive and safe environment where participants can choose to give voice to their feelings. A therapeutic framework allows the attendees to not only explore their emotions, but also enhances self-esteem, encourages peer support and reduces the sense of isolation often felt. They can express issues and concerns about life, about living with their condition without feeling like they are ‘different’. We aim to ensure the child’s time with us is a fun, fulfilling, memorable and positive experience, enhancing their quality of life.

Find out more about Very Special Kids

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FareShare’s mission is simple. We rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and cook it into nutritious meals for people in need. We provide free meals to more than 400 Victorian charities including homeless shelters, soup vans, women’s refuges, disadvantaged schools and community food banks. Our vision is for a society where food is not wasted and no one goes hungry.

FareShare operates Australia’s largest charity kitchen from Abbotsford cooking 5000 meals every day. We are a community powered by volunteers. In addition to the 900 regular volunteers who help us cook, collect, distribute and grow food, we empower around 3000 secondary school students and 3000 business volunteers to make a difference in our kitchen each year.

The Isabella and Marcus Fund

You may be surprised to learn that brain tumours are the leading cause of death in children in Australia from ANY disease.

The worst type of brain tumour is called a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and occurs most commonly in children between 5 and 9 years of age, affecting about 20 children each year in Australia.

As the cancer grows it damages many nerves and this causes an ever diminishing quality of life. The survival rate is 0% and most children die within 1 year of diagnosis.

Research is desperately needed to develop treatments. The Isabella and Marcus Fund is funding 3 laboratories in Melbourne to study DIPG and understand what causes this cancer. Your sponsorship will provide PhD scholarships to students, who will become tomorrow’s DIPG scientists.

The Upstream Challenge has already provided funding for 3 scholarships. Thank-you! To learn more about DIPG and The Isabella and Marcus Fund, please view this story, featured on Channel 10’s The Project.

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Her Heart

One woman dies of heart disease every hour in Australia. That’s 24 lives lost each day to a disease that is 80% preventable.

Most women believe their biggest risk is breast or ovarian cancer, but heart disease kills more women than all the cancers combined, with the highest risk group being women aged 25-40 years.

Today, more than 90% of women in Australia have at least one risk factor for heart diseases, and over half of these women have two or more risk factors. Despite this, in 2013, only about a quarter of Australians believed heart related diseases were the leading causes of deaths amongst women.

Her Heart is a Melbourne based charity established in early-2015, committed to working with women in raising awareness for heart disease. Her Heart is the only global organisation focused on women’s heart health, speaking to women, about women, for women. Since its humble beginnings, it has created a community of thousands of women, in over 128 countries around the world.

Her Heart aims to:

  • Be the go-to-place for Australian women to access the latest research findings, clinical information, health and lifestyle advice around heart disease for women,
  • Make women feel empowered through knowledge, and to act on this in changing their lifestyle,
  • Effectively contribute to life-saving awareness about heart disease for women.

Research is important, however the active service of heart disease prevention is critical to changing the global landscape for women’s health.

Dr Linda Worrall-Carter, is the Founder and CEO of Her Heart and a leading authority on heart disease. Researching women’s heart health for over 15 years, she found that more awareness of heart disease was incredibly important to saving women’s lives. She established Her Heart to raise awareness, drive changes and reduce the death tolls in Australia, and globally.

Find more about Her Heart here: www.herheart.org

Upstream Foundation have raised over $2.6 Million and supported many outstanding projects over the last thirteen years, some of which are listed below.

Summer Foundation - Building housing demonstration projects to provide concrete examples of alternatives for young people living in nursing homes.

FareShare - Rescuing food from farmers, supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise go to waste and cook nutritious meals to be distributed to people who are struggling to make ends meet. Funds raised enabled the fitout of the new kitchen and setup of a FareShare garden to guarantee the supply of fruit  and vegetables.

Disability Sport & Recreation – Disability Sport and Recreation provides and promotes positive health outcomes for Victorians with disability through participation in sport and recreation. Funding from the Upstream Challenge was used to help develop the Athlete Visitation Program which aims to engage children with disabilities and their families to support networks. The program educates participants about equipment, programs and opportunities available.

Samaritan's Purse - Building "Water for Life" in Cambodia: Samaritan's Purse community development programs transformed villages and neighborhoods, and helped families become self-supporting. Funds raised in the 2007 Upstream Challenge enabled the installation of water filters and community wells for villages in Cambodia.

Leprosy Mission - Projects were supported in several countries including Nigeria and India to provide vocational training centres and medical treatment.

Beyondblue - beyondblue is the national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to raise awareness of depression, help reduce the stigma associated with the illness and encourage people to seek help.

Camp Quality - The project funds camps for kids and their families living with cancer.

Entrust - The project supported was to build a school aimed at providing high quality, heavily subsidized education to poor Dalit children in Tamil Nadu, India.

Leukaemia Foundation - The project supported was to supply a patient transport vehicle for patients with leukaemia and their family while seeking treatment.

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Results 2017

Results 2017


Fundraising Prizes

Fundraising Prizes