FightMND is the leading independent Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Foundation in Australia. The Foundation has a strong focus on raising funds to support the best and brightest MND research around Australia to ultimately find a cure. Until a cure is found, FightMND is supporting those currently living with the disease by funding vital equipment and aides in order that they may maintain independence, dignity and an improved quality of life.
MND is a terminal neurological disease which attacks the motor neurones within the body until they waste away and die. Motor neurones are required for muscle movement and without them, MND sufferers can no longer walk, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. Currently, there is no treatment and no cure. MND is not incurable, it’s just underfunded.
FightMND is excited to partner with Tennis Australia to raise further funds in the hope that one day we can all live in a world free of MND.
“Two people died yesterday from MND, two will die today and two tomorrow. For these people, we keep fighting. If we fight today, others won’t have to lose the battle to MND in the future.” Neale Daniher, Patron of FightMND.
Delivery partners we support are:
beyondblue creates change to protect everyone’s mental health and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.
KIDS TENNIS FOUNDATION
Kids Tennis Foundation aims to provide every child in every disadvantaged primary school in Australia with the opportunity to play tennis.
Anglicare Victoria’s vision is to resource and empower children, young people and families to achieve their full potential through: the provision of quality innovative services for children and young people; supporting vulnerable families; and the promotion of social justice.
Tennis Australia partners with Anglicare Victoria to provide opportunities for remote or disadvantaged youth. Some of the programs Tennis Australia are involved in include; Sport for Higher Education and Indigenous Academy program. Tennis Australia supports these programs through; assisting with youth camps, hosting leadership workshops, on court activities, tours of Melbourne Park, motivational and career talks with employees.
STAND UP EVENTS
Stand Up Events is a non-for-profit that is dedicated to fighting homophobia in sport, in life. They have partnered with Monash University to create world-first research with the aim to eradicate derogatory and discriminative language and behaviour in junior sport, creating equal and inclusive environments for all.
The Australian Government’s Asia Sport Partnership program aims to make a positive contribution to development and public diplomacy outcomes in Asia through effective sports partnerships which;
• Contribute to improved health-related behaviours;
• Support more inclusive participation;
• Encourage positive social outcomes including peacebuilding.
Tennis Australia, partnered with the Australian Government, through the Asia Sports partnership grant to work closely with Chengdu Tennis Association and the Chengdu Education Bureau to implement tennis for schools in primary schools. Tennis Australia provided professional development for teacher and coaches, tennis for schools program and tennis festivals. The program focused on promoting gender equality, inclusion for girls and women in tennis and improved health related behaviours and wellness.
The Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program is Australia’s flagship sport for development program in the Pacific. Through PSP, Australia supports activities to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability.
Tennis Australia partnered with the Australian Government, through the Pacific Sport Partnership Innovation grant to work closely with Tennis Fiji during 2016/17 to develop and implement programs within schools and communities in Fiji. Tennis Australia provided professional development to the Fiji National Sports Commission Development Officers, along with local teachers and community volunteers, in how to deliver the world leading, learning to play program, Tennis Hot Shots. The program development focused on gender equality, inclusion for girls and women and increased activity levels within communities supplemented with equipment donations that enabled programs to continue. The delivery of the Tennis Hot Shots program occurred in Primary schools, local and remote communities, disadvantaged schools and special schools.