On Wednesday 11th of November 2015, Fogarty EDvance, along with 2 other finalists, pitched to the members of the Meridian Global Foundation at their annual awards night and were generously donated $15k.

Meridian is a giving circle that was formed in 2005 to provide a vehicle for Perth based business people to give together and make high impact donations. Meridian`s vision is to inspire philanthropy and make a lasting difference to those in need. They do this through the collective donation of funds to sustainable causes and by building an investment fund to ensure a growing pool of donor funds that will leave a legacy for future generations.

Each year, Meridian hosts a giving awards night, where 3 charities pitch to the audience with the aim to secure one of the $10k, $15k and $25k grants. Members nominate charities in the lead up to the award night and these are then reviewed and 3 charities shortlisted from the nominations. 

Fogarty EDvance was proud to be selected as one of the 3 charities to pitch at the awards night!
 
We had 7 minutes to tell the audience the EDvance story. Ingrid Sealey, our Program Director, outlined the programs history, structure and impact. Grant Kennedy, Principal of North Balga Primary School, spoke on the evening about his journey with FED as part of Cohort 1. He talked about the challenges and opportunities of working in a community facing significant poverty and the implications this has on students learning. Grant then shared the transformation of North Balga’s NAPLAN results over the last 5 years – in 2015 all year 3 and 5 areas of literacy and numeracy were at or above expectation. Grant explained that the support he received from Fogarty EDvance and his mentor, assisted him to build a strong staff culture and gave him the ability to develop a plan for school improvement. Grant also spoke about the increase in community pride and of student engagement in learning as a result of the changes implemented over the last few years.

Thank you Grant and North Balga Primary School for sharing your story!
 
Fogarty EDvance are grateful to be recognized by Meridian Global Foundation and the community for the work we are doing to support schools in disadvantaged areas of WA. We thank Meridian and look forward to our partnership in the future!

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