21 September 2017

As part of executing on the mission of AAF, we are launching an exciting new initiative – The Gathering Circle.

This initiative gathers women, particularly Asian Australian women together, to share their resources, knowledge and experience in a way that focuses on leadership through giving for the benefit of the wider community.  It is about harnessing the desire, commitment and passion as women, to make a positive contribution.  It is “Women empowering Women through Giving”.

Our inaugural “Fashion for A Cause” Event

We are launching the Gathering Circle with a fabulous “Fashion for a Cause” event. Likeminded women (and a few men!) especially from the Asian Australian community who love fashion will gather to enjoy an evening of entertainment, featuring a fashion parade.  This inaugural “Fashion For A Cause” fundraising event, scheduled for 25th October 2017 at the Gallery, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne will feature local designers, in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.  Guests will have the opportunity to network and have drinks and canapés. Tickets are $150 per person and ticket sales from the event will raise funds for the AAF and auction proceeds will go to an AAF nominated charity. For details of the event click here.  For further information about this initiative and the "Fashion for A Cause" event, please contact us at contact@aafoundation.org.au.

7 June 2017

In June 2017, AAF made the following grants:

Through the Circle of Promise initative:

  • A $10,000 grant to Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, a state-wide, specialist mental health organisation, providing support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders. The grant is to be used to fund multilingual eduction and workshops on mental health.  For details on their work, see http://www.arcvic.com.au.
  • A $10,000 grant to First Step a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit medical clinic in St Kilda which assists patients overcome dependence on drugs or alcohol including mental health issues arising from such dependence.  A number of these patients are from the Vietnamese community and the grant will go towards part funding of a resource to assist patients.  For details of their work, see http://www.firststep.org.au.
  •  AAF continued to be a major partner of Western Chances , an organisation that assists motivated young people in Melbourne’s Western suburbs realise their potential by providing scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support through a grant of $5,000.  For details on the work of Western Chances, see www.westernchances.org.au.

6 April 2017

The Asian Australian Foundation will be holding its inaugral Circle of Promise Awards Dinner on Wednesday 7 June 2017 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at Level 17,  RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The evening will bring together supporters of the Foundation including the Circle of Promise supporters and others. Tickets are $200 per person or $2000 per table of ten. For further details please contact us at contact@aafoundation.org.au.  

12 August 2016

The Asian Australian Foundation gratefully thanks and acknowledges the Hong Kong Australia Business Association – Victoria Chapter for its leadership, support and generous donation of $5352 presented at its recent Awards dinner. The donation was given even more impact by the magnanimous gesture of Scott Keck, Chairman of Charter Keck Cramer who matched the donation. 

The donation will go towards building corpus of and grants from the Foundation. 

10 June 2016

The Asian Australian Foundation is pleased to have made a grant to Western Chances. www.westernchances.org.au

Rhyll Dorrington, CEO of Western Chances says:

"The impact of the Asian Australian Foundation’s generous grant to Western Chances will be significant in transforming the lives of around five talented and motivated young people facing financial barriers to completing their education. Financial hardship is a significant barrier to education. Low income families struggle to afford the costs to enable their children to participate fully in secondary education or tertiary studies. It can cost more than $5,000 to put a child through their first year of a government high school in Melbourne.
These young people supported by the Asian Australian Foundation will be awarded merit based, tailor made scholarships to purchase essential items not provided by schools, including text books, MYKI, laptops, internet and specialist lessons. Recipients will have the life changing opportunity to remain in education, go on to further education, training and employment and fulfil their potential.
Receiving a Western Chances scholarship provides recipients with belief from an external organisation, and belief from Western Chances’s committed donors like the Asian Australian Foundation, that they have potential and are recognised and acknowledged for their talent and motivation.  "

Western Chances does not give out ‘chances’ but, ‘futures” – Western Chances Scholarship Recipient.