With Christmas fast approaching, the Fortnum Foundation has been able to spread some of the Christmas spirit of giving, thanks to all of the Foundation’s supporters.
The Annual Fortnum Conference has again provided funds to enable us to help those in need. Julius Achon, founder of Love Mercy shared his story at the Annual Conference in July. Thanks to the many who have helped fund a doctor in Julius’s village, as well as to Sandy Dunshea who encouraged so many delegates to pledge $25 a month to enable the medical centre to employ a doctor in the village. The centre has treated over 2,000 patients since 2012, and provides maternity services and hundreds of thousands of free immunizations to babies. If anyone is interested in also helping this worthy cause (all tax deductible), please contact Marg.
The Fortnum Foundation has helped the Love Mercy Charity since 2010, with Australian Olympian, Eloise Wellings, founder of the Australian Love Mercy Charity. As well as the Kristina Health Centre the Cents for Seeds program loans 30kgs of seeds (at an Australian cost of $30) to women giving them life changing agricultural training to enable them to provide for their families. In 2017, ten thousand women received Cents for Seeds loans, and 25,000 children were educated in Cents for Seeds homes. The goal is now to fund 20,000 women by 2020.
RPA Neo Natal Ward
Matt Fenning, Principal at Fortuity Strategic Advisors, along with some of the Fortnum staff and Fortnum Foundation Board members met a few of our tiniest Australians at the RPA neo-natal ward two weeks prior to Christmas.
Matt is a huge supporter of the Foundation, and has recently given an additional donation to the Foundation as a Christmas gift to his clients. Matt sent Christmas cards, showing a donation was made in lieu of gifts, thus spreading goodwill to help others at this special time whilst also giving our littlest Australians and their families a boost in life.
The Fortnum Foundation’s donation acquired a camera for one of the baby cribs – which enables families to see their baby in hospital, particularly when there are so many families in rural areas who have to be separated from baby and mum for months.
Moira Kelly from the Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation is constantly working with a number of children and their families to support them through very challenging circumstances.
One particular child is 4 year old Angel who is undergoing treatment for a rare condition that will require her to stay in Australia for a long time before she is able to return home to Pakistan. She will have lifesaving surgery to treat her severely deformed feet and give her quality of life. Her mother, Sania is with her. Angel is attending a local kindergarten and Sania is doing vocational training. This is just one of the many children who Moira helps in Melbourne.