Today is the United Nations International Day of Charity. A day founded to recognise “the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organisations and individuals…”
As a not for profit organisation with tax deductible status, Western Chances is a charity. We want to take the time today to talk about what you can do to be part of our efforts to make the world a better place.
We don’t work in the midst of crisis on the international stage, though we commend those who do.
Instead, Western Chances is one of the many organisations that work at a local, grass roots level.
You probably know our stats already. Since 2004 we have provided 5000 scholarships worth $4.2 million dollars.
Those numbers are important, but what’s more important is how each and every dollar donated by our partners and donors – donors just like you – go towards making a real difference to the lives of young people living in Melbourne’s west.
“My family was in financial difficulties because my dad passed away suddenly when we were on holidays last year. My mum was so stressed about how she would manage. I really like school. I like to be active and I’m aiming for a career in sports science, maybe as a nutritionist. I want to do something that will help people. My father always supported us and encouraged us to get the best education we could. He would want me to do well and I want him to be proud of me. Western Chances helped me pay for my myki, textbooks and stationery. It was such a relief. mum isn’t as stressed now. I’d like to thank them very, very much for helping us.” Chamandi, 15, Western Chances Scholarship Recipient.
On this International Day of Charity, we would like to ask you to dig deep and support a young person who wants nothing more than to reach their full potential.
At Western Chances we provide tailor-made scholarships to students. They are not big scholarships – they average between $600 and $1200.00 per year – but they make a huge difference.
From as little as $10 a month you can become a Big Dreams donor. Big Dreams donors are our regular supporters. A donation of that size goes a long way to helping a young person finish high school, go on to further education if they wish, and gain paid employment so that they can give back to our community.
Will you become a Big Dreams donor today and help make a young person’s dreams become a reality?
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