Cromwell Property Group Foundation donates $148,000 in FY18

The Cromwell Property Group Foundation (Foundation) proudly donated $148,000 to four worthwhile initiatives in FY18.

Cromwell Property Group Chief Operations Officer and Foundation Committee Chairperson, Jodie Clark, discussed the significance of this year’s donations.

“The Foundation’s FY18 charitable giving has seen total donations since inception now exceed $600,000. This year, the Foundation continues to benefit organisations that would ordinarily miss out on the spotlight, but whose work will significantly benefit from the support we are able to provide,” Ms Clark stated.

The four initiatives chosen were Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRa), the University of Newcastle’s ‘Live Well, Age Well’ programme, Trigeminal Neuralgia Australia and Black Dog Ride.

Neuroscience Research Australia

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical and clinical research institute focusing on diseases of the brain and nervous system. NeuRA’s vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research.

Diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system pose the largest health, economic and social burden of any disease group to Australians. As such, NeuRA’s goal is to understand causative factors in order to develop new preventions and treatments, thereby alleviating the huge strain being placed on individuals, families and society.

NeuRA’s laboratory and clinical research is conducted across ageing and neurodegeneration, brain function and imaging, neural injury, mental illness, as well as sensation, movement, balance and falls.

The Foundation has provided $40,000 to NeuRA to specifically target falls in older adults. This donation will allow reactive and volitional step training in order to improve balance recovery among older adults, through the form of a factorial randomised controlled trial.

Live Well, Age Well

Live Well, Age Well is an initiative run by the University of Newcastle. Their overarching goal is to enable people to maintain their functional wellbeing and independence as long as possible, to build and maintain social relationships, and to support the things they value.

The Live Well, Age Well research team has developed a proof-of-concept for a wellbeing program to improve health outcomes for older people residing in independent living retirement communities.

Co-designed using a participatory action research approach through community consultation, the programme is ready to be trialled and thoroughly evaluated.

The initial 12-month programme has been provided with $50,580 to gather data and develop evidence-based health and wellbeing initiatives.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Australia

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Australia (TNAA) provides support for sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia, a rare neurological disease that causes chronic physical pain to those affected, through support groups, news and research.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that results in episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where branches of the nerve are distributed. An individual attack usually lasts between a few seconds and several minutes, but can remain ongoing with very short intervals between. It is considered to be the ‘world’s worst pain’.

TNAA received a $20,000 donation from the Foundation which will allow the organisation to redevelop its website in order to provide access to the latest research, member communications, advice and information.

Black Dog Ride

Black Dog Ride, a national suicide prevention charity, is now in its eighth year of raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Black Dog Ride’s activities achieve this through hundreds of activities each year, each starting community conversations around depression and suicide, which encourages help seeking behaviour.

Black Dog Ride was provided with $37,420 to support a number of initiatives, most notably their THRIVE programme, which aims to instil emotional wellbeing amongst those affected by depression in regional and rural NSW.

The Foundation was established primarily to assist organisations that conduct research into, or provide support to causes relevant to the mature aged community.

Donations to the Cromwell Property Group Foundation of more than $2 are tax deductible. To donate, request a grant or seek more information, visit www.cromwellfoundation.org.au