Dogs for Kids with Disabilities (Dogs for Kids) raises and trains assistance and therapy dogs for children whose everyday activities are restricted by emotional, physical and intellectual challenges. The Grant will provide equipment to create videos that drive awareness of Dogs for Kids’ work among the wider community.
“As we face some of the toughest economic conditions to date, educating the community and attracting new sponsors is vital to our viability,” said Katie Hunter, Founder and Program Manager. “Canon’s Grant will not only enable us to capture important footage, it’ll provide much needed funds to promote the videos to targeted audiences across social media. We’re pleased that we can continue connecting with our community through the love of assistance dogs, during what has been a tough lockdown period.”
Telethon Speech and Hearing is an independent school offering quality diagnostic, therapy and support services for children with hearing loss and speech and language delays. The Grant will provide a camera as part of a ‘mobile pack’ to facilitate these tele-therapy sessions, ensuring children with hearing loss have access to specialised teachers for ongoing learning, regardless of their location.
Sharing his excitement about winning the Education Grant, Telethon Speech and Hearing’s CEO, Mark Fitzpatrick, said; “Our work centres on facilitating learning for children with hearing loss and speech delays, but COVID-19 restrictions mean that many students can no longer participate in face to face and group therapies. The Canon Grant will enable us to support families from regional and remote Western Australia through our tele-therapy program, ensuring distance is not a barrier for these children to access quality supports to aid in their early years of development. We’re thrilled to be able to bring positivity to the lives of children and their families in what is an incredibly difficult time.”
Action for Dolphins is a not-for-profit organisation working to stop cruelty and gain legal protection for dolphins. Working in partnership with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Action for Dolphins is looking to educate the local community and visitors about respecting wild dolphins. The Grant will provide equipment to record evidence of animals trapped in underwater nets, as well as capture interviews with subject matter experts, to improve the community’s understanding on how to end activities that harm marine life.
“We are so grateful to Canon for choosing Action for Dolphins as one of its Grant recipients,” said Jordan Sosnowski, Advocacy Director. “Using Canon’s cameras, we’ll be able to capture first-hand documentation to work with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) to teach locals and tourists about keeping a safe distance from marine life, and end the illegal hand-feeding of dolphins which is currently occurring on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). This will lead to better health and welfare outcomes for marine fauna on the island.”
Fregon Anangu School is in a remote community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia. Students are working on a fortnightly community newsletter called “Fregontu Wangkanyi”, which connects dispersed community members who aren’t strong English readers. Fregon sought the Grant to replace outdated cameras and limited access to technology due to the school’s remote location. Given the project is primarily visual, high-quality photos are essential in helping the newspaper gain more traction in the wider community.
Across the Tasman, Canon Grants are being awarded in New Zealand’s small business and community categories.