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Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 18, 2014

Arts organisation FORM are set to receive $100,000 from Impact100 Fremantle after it’s innovative work at 100 Hampton Road, Fremantle was voted the most deserving among four outstanding finalists at the Impact100 Fremantle Grant Awards last Thursday.

In an out-pouring of community spirit and generosity over 100 people attended the event to celebrate the impressive total of $117,000 in donations.

South Lake Ottey Centre, DADAA and St. Patrick’s Community Centre each received $5,000 as a Finalist. After an anonymous donor stepped forward a further $5,000 was awarded to South Lake Ottey Centre to support their outstanding Noongar Rangers project.

With the support of Impact100 Fremantle FORM will install a commercial grade kitchen and run weekly cooking classes at 100 Hampton Rd to inspire and engage 192 residents of the lodging house.

This year 106 separate businesses, individuals or families each donated a minimum of $1,000 to Impact100 Fremantle to create a “game changing” grant for one local organisation addressing Mental Wellbeing and Homelessness.

Fremantle Foundation Executive Officer Dylan Smith said the success of Impact100 Fremantle lies in its simple approach to giving back: “If we enjoy the great benefits of the beautiful Fremantle area, we should also shoulder some of the responsibilities.”


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 4, 2014

The Fremantle Foundation invites 100 people to donate $ 1,000 each for their IMPACT 100 campaign to help raise funds for mental wellbeing and homelessness support in Fremantle.

The Foundation is holding a dinner on Thursday November 13 from 7 pm at the Esplanade Hotel with cocktail food and drinks provided. Cost: $ 100.00 per person.

The finalists for the funding will present their projects. The winners of the game-changing $ 100,000 will be announced on the night.


Impact100 Fremantle Shortlisted Applications – 2014 are:

DADAA will partner senior Fremantle artists with clients of local hostels, care facilities and emergency accommodation to explore creative solutions for providing shelter for homeless people. The project will engage participants at iconic Fremantle locations, build valuable skills and empower people who are homeless to create their own solutions for shelter and provide links to vital future support.

FORM – 100 Hampton Road
The 100 Hampton Road project aims to build personal and community wellbeing through cooking classes and communal eating onsite at the local lodging house by installing a commercial kitchen. 100 Hampton Road provides supportive accommodation to some of the most underprivileged people in our community. Many residents have mental health issues, substance abuse problems and are living isolated lives with limited social connections.

Fremantle Mulitcultural Centre (FMC) – Our David Park
FMC is a highly respected Fremantle organisation woking in the identified ‘hot spot’ of David Park in Beaconsfield. Our Davis Park seeks to address systemic, long term disadvantage by bringing together a number of organisations and delivering important community building activities at this specific location. Our Davis Park is supported by the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (Partnership Forum), a group of organisations working collectively together in the community.

South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre – Noongar Rangers
Noongar Rangers is an educational and life-skills program, providing strong beginnings and cultural pride for Noongar children, aged 6-12 years. Noogar Ranges programs have previously led to significant increase in school attendance.The successful program has clear preventative strategies and supports alleviation of social isolation for children and their families.

St. Patricks Community Support Centre (St. Pats) – The Fremantle Community Hub
The Fremantle Community Hub will be a ground breaking project that will support the most vulnerable in our community, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by bringing services together, in the one place, for the first time. This will ensure service users are able to readily gain access to what they need to support them on their journey to independence and quality of life. This project is supported by the Partnership Forum.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 12, 2014

The FREMANTLE NETWORK is a good initiative that was started by Rachel Pemberton before she became a Fremantle Councillor. The idea is to have a speaker or two who share inspirational stories on 3 0r 4 occasions a year and for the community to network. FN is now being organised by the very active Chamber of Commerce and last night at Kidogo Arthouse we had the pleasure of listening toDylan Smith, CEO of the Fremantle Foundation, and Pat Ryan of Dismantle.

Dylan told us the Foundation had awarded $ 130,000 in grants last year and helped many organisations, including Dismantle. This year their focus will be on mental health and wellbeing. He said the Foundation was still learning how to best serve the community, but it relied on donations and needed philanthropists. The Impact 100 initiative, where 100 people pledge thousand dollars each, had been successful and will continue.

The Freo Foundation CEO urged people to consider that even the smallest changes can have a huge impact and that we can all make a difference. It was disturbing to hear that only ten percent of urban Aboriginal children participate in organised sport, because the challenges for them are just too big. Equally disturbing was Dylan Smith’s claim that women and girls are still the most disadvantaged group in our society.

Pat Ryan of Dismantle talked about the huge success rate the organisation has with supporting youth, and that 75 % of the kids they had worked with are now doing full-time education. Dismantle was much more than about bikes, but getting social outcomes and teaching life skills. They support nearly 200 kids a year over ten week periods.

Dismantle now also has a mobile bike repair shop the Bike Doctor and Pat asked the Fremantle community to support them by getting their bikes repaired at their workshop on the Esplanade, as that will raise funds to support more children. For those who don’t know, Dismantle is next to the Youth Plaza skatepark.

The two stories last evening reminded me of the passionate talk by Griff Longley about Midnight Basketball some months ago. It is quite clear that grassroots work achieves better outcomes than huge government administrations. It are the people and the passion, willing to give time and respect to those who need and deserve our help, that make a huge difference. It is inspiring to see so much dedication and to feel the sincerity of people like Pat, Dylan and Griff, and Fremantle is a better place for it. Thank you!


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 4, 2014

The next FREMANTLE NETWORK meeting will be at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach on June 11 at 6 pm and will feature Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith and Pat Ryan of Dismantle. RSVP is essential for this even:

Dylan Smith. Fremantle Foundation

 The Fremantle Foundation is a natural evolution of our area’s great history of social justice, our care for each other, and for our “village.” The Foundation combines your interests as a donor, with our knowledge of community, to support important local issues. We understand the impact of informed philanthropy. It is the extraordinary achievement of a group of visionary local people lead by Dylan Smith.

Pat RyanDismantle

Dismantle uses the simple bicycle as a tool to reconnect young people to employment or education pathways. Dismantle runs a number of initiatives including the Bike Dr, Bike Rescue Project, Active Bus & Bike Hub. Dismantle was also the recipient of $100,000 from Impact100 Fremantle after it’s Accelerate program was voted the most deserving among four outstanding finalists.

This event is proudly sponsored by Poppet’s Pantry & Kidogo Art Institute





Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 16, 2014

I received this email from Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith and am happy to pass it on to the Fremantle community and beyond:

As a supporter of the Fremantle Foundation there’s some great news to pass on this month. With your support we’ve been busy with events, opening grant opportunities, welcoming new donors and undertaking exciting projects.

News and Events: Fremantle Foundation Charity Ball – Friday 15 August 2014. Pre bookings are now open. Email
Each night 2500 young people are without a home in WA. We see this tragedy play out in Fremantle on a daily basis. We ask you to join us to inspire change.

All proceeds of the Fremantle Foundation go towards supporting disadvantaged young people in Fremantle.

Fremantle Foundation Charity Ball
7pm Friday 15 August
The Esplanade Hotel by Rydges Fremantle





Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 13, 2014

A quick reminder that the Fremantle Heritage Festival story telling circle is on today at 3.30 pm in the boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 16 Phillimore Street.

Come and listen to the intriguing life stories of artist Ian de Souza, fashion designer Sheree Dornan, Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and others, and share your own story with us.

It’s a free event organised by the Fremantle Society, so come along and bring some friends.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 2, 2014

Come and join the Fremantle STORY TELLING CIRCLE on Tuesday May 13 at 3.30 p.m. Hear the incredible story of a young man who had to care for his siblings because of an absent mother, became a self-made millionaire, and is now the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, and listen to the amazing story of one of Freo’s most prolific artists who studied to become a priest, had his own TV show, is a great cook, taught himself to play the piano and violin, etc.

There are so many great stories in our community and the FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL is perfect to hold a story telling circle, organised by the Fremantle Society.

Listen to Love in Tokyo fashion designer Sheree Dornan, Fremantle Foundation CEO and former Dockers player Dylan Smith, artist Ian de Souza, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and others. A woman who was born on the North Mole has promised to come and tell her story as well. What is your story that connects you with Freo? I might even tell my own.

It is a FREE event and no bookings required. Upstairs boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 16 Philliomore Street. Starts 3.30 sharp. Tuesday May 13.

Be part of the Fremantle Story!


Roel Loopers


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