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The Strategem Community Foundation has been established for the purpose of supporting charitable organisations within our community and calls for applications at the end of each financial year, generally advertising in the local media. The grant is part of the Foundation's vision of building a strong and vibrant community and supporting people and organisations who make a difference. The Foundation also kindly acknowledges the assistance of The Cubit Family Foundation ABN 57 231 894 716.

Congratulations to this year's successful recipient of the $5,000 Community Grant for 2016/2017 'Southern Cross Kids' Camp'.

The Southern Cross Kids' Camp (SCKC) provides children who have suffered abuse and neglect with a safe week of happy memories and new hope for the future.

Abuse and neglect have far-reaching consequences in a child's life, increasing risk of education failure, mental health issues, homelessness and further abuse. To address this, SCKC Bendigo delivers an early-intervention camp mentor project for Bendigo children aged 7-11 who have suffered abuse, domestic violence and neglect. 100% Bendigo volunteers will deliver the project at the grassroots, working with welfare agency St Luke's Anglicare to identify and assist the local children most in need. SCKC Bendigo Camp is based on a 1:1 Buddy mentor model. Buddies ensure the children's wellbeing on camp, encouraging growth in confidence, life-skills and social connectedness.

This year the Camp will be held at the Log Cabin Camp, Creswick, on September 18-23. Children will enjoy an interactive program of music, drama, art and craft, a girl's tea party, team sports, outdoor games and adventure courses. The five-day camp will provide a catalyst for change in Bendigo kids. The opportunity for up to five-year's annual follow-up adds unique value to their ongoing care. Based on a seven-year record in developing life skills and self-esteem on camp, children are able to build stronger relationships and resilience, greater community connectedness and new hope for the future!

If you would like to make a difference in the heart of a child, click here to donate to Southern Cross kids' Camps.

Southern Cross Kids Camp

Other deserving recipients of the 2016/17 Strategem Community Foundation grants are listed below, please click on them if you would like to read more information or donate to these recipients:

- Discovery Science & Technology Centre

- Noahs Hope Fundraiser

- MADCOW Stampede

- Cancer Patients Foundation

- Quality Living Options Bendigo Inc

- Parkinsons Victoria