Civilex Partners with Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
The Western Bulldogs may be most known as an Aussie Rules football team, but beyond the field, membership numbers and gate receipts there is a committed and engaged community services arm fulfilling on a very important community mission. The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF) seeks to fulfil on its mission to provide people living in our backyard, the western suburbs of Melbourne and the western region of Victoria, with the tools to succeed in life.
The WBCF mission: to be the community where people are at their best.
The Community Foundation Background
SpiritWest Foundation Limited, trading as the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, was incorporated on 27 September 2012. Since the date of incorporation until 2015 the Foundation remained dormant. It is registered as a PBI (Public Benevolent Institution) with DGR (Deductible Gifts Recipient) status and has its own Board. The year ended 31 October 2016 was the first full year in which the Foundation ran its own programs.
The Foundation works in partnership with government, corporate and community agencies to deliver services and programs that endeavour to improve social capital and the quality of life of people living in the Melbourne’s west through to regional western Victoria.
The Western Bulldogs have a long and proud history as the Community Club of the AFL; delivering community programs with real outcomes.
The Club is central to the community of Victoria’s west, and the Foundation plays a pivotal role in helping people reach their full potential and ensuring they’re accepted regardless of their gender, race or faith. The key is their celebration of diversity as an integral part of a united and cohesive community with the aim to engage with multicultural, indigenous and all abilities communities via innovative programs.
The Foundation works closely with the Club and utilises the Bulldogs’ brand as a platform to engage a wide range of participants and positively influence their lives. The Foundation delivers innovative and engaging community services for individuals and families who live and work in the west.
Like the players that take to the field, the west community is courageous, strong and resilient, but for some, support is needed to guide and empower them in finding the strength they need to face some of life’s challenges and to overcome fear and doubt. There is more detailed information available on the Foundation website.
Civilex Becomes a Foundation Partner
On Tuesday 8 May, the WBCF held its second annual Foundation dinner at Metropolis Events, Southbank. Alongside key guests Bob Murphy, recently elected Community Foundation board member, Easton Wood, Lin Jong, Josh Dunkley and Jason Johannisen, the WBCF dinner showcased the positive impact their programs are having in the western region of Victoria.
Civilex attended the Foundation dinner where our Foundation partnership was officially announced to the audience and in front of Civilex attendees Joe Bartolo, Olivia Bartolo, Lisa Cole, Matthew Gurney, Lorraine Reilly, Ben Gargiulo, Jen Robertson, TJ Delbridge, Simon Gennari and Ken Poutakidis.
Through this community partnership, Civilex looks forward to working closely and collaboratively with the WBCF which will help support programs assisting people living in the West of Melbourne and Victoria as well as meeting our corporate social responsibility goals. All funds received by the Foundation are spent on dedicated community programs that make a real difference to people’s lives.
The WBCF works with the community for the community and delivers services to over 5,000 people across four streams annually. The community programs currently offered by the Foundation include:
Health and Wellbeing
Diversity and Social Inclusion
Youth Leadership and Development, and
Details about each stream can be found on the WBCF website.
And if there was anything that inspired us on the night it was the celebration of community and borrowing directly from the Western Bulldogs themselves – where real strength lives!
I came away from the dinner really impressed with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and the Club itself. It really does care about its community and engaging with its community at all levels. The Youth Leadership program would have to be my favourite program because when I was younger I was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leadership Program and believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without the skills this type of program instilled in me.
Another remarkable attribute is the engagement with new migrants. This is such an integral part of today’s society being a multicultural nation and any type of integration for migrants into our country and society should be commended.
It was a great night. The inspirational story from Phil was very uplifting. For Phil to share his journey with us all last night and how his will to survive and still contribute to his community which happened due to the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation program is a real credit to all the people involved.
Jen, Construction Manager
The highlights for me attending the Western Bulldogs Foundation Dinner was:
1. Bob Murphy
2. Bob Murphy
3. Bob Murphy!!!
No but really…it was inspiring to see how the Community Foundation is devoted to supporting the community in the west. I loved how both the organisers and the participants from each area of the various programs spoke and shared their work. It gave us all a well-rounded view of what each program aims to achieve and the actual impact it was making. I loved how the Leadership Program focuses on social leadership and that participants go on to develop their own social fundraising and support programs.
Photo credit Liz Vagg
Thank you WBCF for a wonderful night and welcoming Civilex as a Foundation Partner in 2018.