In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, Canon has proudly supported community and environmental groups throughout Oceania for the last 11 years.
This program supports schools, not-for-profit and community groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations.
Big Fat Smile, The Nature School Primary, Ocean Crusaders and Rainforest Rescue voted as Australia’s top picks across Community, Environment and Education categories!
Ocean Crusaders aims to mitigate plastic pollution from coastal waterways and beaches to enhance the quality of life for current and future Australians, raising awareness of the individual’s environmental responsibility. They applied for the Grant to enhance community participation in their clean up initiatives on three of Moreton Bays’ major islands. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to document their clean-up events and assist in their record keeping, as all debris recovered from islands will be documented and logged with the Australian Marine Debris Database. The footage would be invaluable for updating their online educational and classroom presentation.
“With our new Canon Camera with video pack, Ocean Crusaders will be able to document the debris we collect at clean ups better. It is essential that we document everything we collect as often debris can be foreign or from a particular source. Once we know the source we can prevent future pollution, hence stopping it at the source. The video features of the camera will enable us to create high quality short clips for release to the public so they know about the issue and can play their part in helping us stop it.” – Ian Thompson, Ocean Crusaders Founder and Managing Director
Education Grant Winner - The Nature Primary School
The Nature School’s mission is to create a community where children learn and shine through authentic environmental experiences, becoming active global citizens for a sustainable future. They applied for the Grant to develop a project for students to create a high quality, accurate, photographic field guide of local flora and fauna in Port Macquarie for presentation to the local community. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to complete the project and enable the creation of a photographic field guide that will allow students to engage in citizen science. This program will enable students to understand the impact of species decline, and share this impact with the local community.
"We are thrilled to be the recipients of the Canon Oceania Grant this year in the Education category. Students at The Nature School Primary are becoming so knowledgable about flora and fauna in Port Macquarie and they are keen to share their learning with others. This generous grant will not only put quality cameras into their hands to allow them to document their observations, but will also allow them to create their very own field guide we can share with the local community."
"I strongly believe that even young children are capable of producing quality images if they are given the right tools to work with, and provided with the right opportunities. I am so grateful to Canon for partnering with us as we embark on our journey to create a field guide, and I can't wait to see the natural world through the eyes of our young students." – Catherine Oehlman, The Nature School Primary Head Teacher