Since its creation in 2003, Women & Leadership Australia has been a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Over this period WLA has been involved in a number of fundraising activities as well as raising awareness for breast cancer research through the NBCF’s Register 4 initiative. More recently, WLA has also become actively involved in research for the non-profit gender advocacy and awareness organisation the 100% Project.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, $97 million has been awarded to fund over 340 Australian-based research projects across every state and territory to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer. Our aspirational goal is to achieve zero death from breast cancer by 2030. With 37 Australians diagnosed each day and seven losing their battle, there is still much to do.
The 100% Project
The 100% Project is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to address gender inequality as it affects leadership positions, opportunities and culture in mid-large Australian organisations. Our mission is to challenge organisational leaders to change the practices and mind sets within their organisations to fully realise the leadership potential of women and men.
In addition to working alongside these two important organisations, WLA also supports a broader range of charities and non-profit organisations through our conferences and events.
Aussie Helpers Ltd is a non-profit registered charity that has been operating since 21 May 2002. Brian and Nerida Egan established Aussie Helpers on 21 May 2002 to help fight poverty and lift the spirits of those severely affected by drought in the outback. The charity is operated by some forty volunteers working in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia. These volunteers fully embody the spirit of volunteering, freely giving their own time and expertise (in many cases at their own expense), they have created a charitable association that is strongly supported by local communities including citizens and small businesses, many of whom have donated and supplied goods and services to enable Aussie Helpers to achieve its goal of "helping to fight poverty in the bush".
School of St Jude
In February 2002, Gemma Sisia (nee Rice) from Northern NSW in Australia founded The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. The classroom doors at The School of St Jude have been open for ten years now. As a charity-funded school, St Jude’s provides a free, high-quality education to over 1,500 of the poorest children of Arusha Region, Tanzania, while also providing boarding for over 1,000 students. Additionally, the school now provides employment to over 400 Tanzanians and purchases the essential goods required to run the school every day from the local community. The ripple effect of these benefits on the community and beyond has been incredible.
Women in Rotary
Rotary International (also known as the Rotary Club) is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The RI constitutional change was made at the 1989 Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the "male only" provision for all of Rotary. Since that time, women have become members and leaders of clubs and districts throughout the world.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout – St Vincent de Paul Society
There are more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women and a quarter are under the age of 18. The discomfort of sleeping on the streets is a fragment of the larger reality we hope to impart upon influential leaders of the community as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. With their help, and yours, we can fight the issue of homelessness together.
Fitted for Work
Since 2005, Fitted for Work has transformed the lives of 10,000 women. As a not-for-profit organisation and the first of its kind in Australia, our mission is to assist women experiencing disadvantage to get work and keep it. We do this by providing a free personal outfitting and interview service at our boutiques located in Melbourne, Parramatta and Morwell and through our mentoring and transition to work programs. Through mutual respect, compassion, integrity and trust, our dedicated staff and trained volunteers help women gain the self-esteem and confidence to achieve their goal of sustainable employment.