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.

Funds raised through the A2 Upstream Challenge will enable FareShare to cook more meals for people in need. With your support, we aim to cook an extra 5,000 free, nutritious meals every week. That will make an enormous difference to the growing number of people in desperate circumstances. Our ambitious target is possible because we cook with rescued food and we have the support of nearly 1000 volunteers. But we need extra resources to hire additional chefs to supervise our volunteers, to conduct more food rescue and delivery runs, and to power our fridges, freezers and ovens around the clock. By cooking an extra 300,000 meals each year, we will be able to respond to new requests from charities for emergency food relief for their clients including families fleeing domestic violence and people sleeping rough. We will be able to step in to help victims of natural disasters, such as bushfires and floods. Please support FareShare in this year’s A2 Upstream Challenge, and help us reach more people with free, nutritious meals when they need it most

The Isabella and Marcus Foundation

What do we fear most as parents? It would be fair to say that it is the health and safety of our children. For many families this fear becomes a reality when they receive a diagnosis of brain cancer.

Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is the worst brain cancer, typically affecting children of primary school age, with no curative treatment and therefore no survivors. DIPG is a debilitating disease, reducing their quality of life very quickly as nerves are progressively damaged by the tumour in the brainstem.

The Isabella and Marcus Foundation was established in 2010 and has been funding research to develop treatments for DIPG. We are getting closer to this goal but we need to do much more. The Upstream Challenge funds PhD scholarships to get young, eager science graduates into labs to study DIPG. Research is the key to developing treatments.

Children should not be dying from brain cancer in 2018. These kids need our help. Their families need hope. Together we can do something about it. Find out more about IMF

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Her Heart

Her Heart is a Melbourne based charity committed to working with women in raising awareness for heart disease. Not many people know that we lose one woman every hour in Australia to a disease that is 80% preventable. Her Heart is the only global organisation focused on women’s heart health, speaking to women, about women, for women. Today, more than 90% of women in Australia have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and over half of these women have two or more. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, with the highest risk group being women aged 25-40.

Her Heart has fast become the go-to-place for women to access the latest research findings, clinical information, health and lifestyle advice around heart disease for women. We empower women through giving them knowledge, and encouraging them to act on this through changing their lifestyle. By 2025, Her Heart aims to reduce unnecessary deaths from heart disease by 50%.

Our funds will go to build community groups and support women’s networks to advocate for good heart health. This will be achieved through creating a comprehensive online hub of resources and information for all women, creating events for women to promote heart health, and focus on the benefits of keeping an active lifestyle.

Dr Linda Worrall-Carter 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.

2018 Results

2018 Results


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