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Cycling greats Cadel Evans and George Hincapie in online conversation at 8pm on 4 July 2020

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On July 4, to mark what should have been the start of one of cycling’s greatest annual events, the Tour de France, two great cyclists will discuss the highs and lows of their cycling careers and experiences.

In an online charity event hosted by SBS cycling commentator Matt Keenan, Australia’s Cadel Evans and America’s George Hincapie will answer the tough questions.

Entertainment will be provided by Melbourne-based comedian Arj Barker.

The event is organised by the Gruppetto Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF).

The event will raise funds for the Newsboys Foundation which distributes grants to not-for-profit organisations that work with vulnerable young people.

Newsboys Foundation CEO Sandy Shaw said: “I’m really looking forward to hearing directly from Cadel and George. Both have fascinating stories to tell. The event presents a rare opportunity to ask them the questions that you’ve always wanted … Read More »


Skyline Education Foundation featured in The Age

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Congratulations to Skyline Education Foundation on an excellent article in The Age featuring former Skyline students Shehelah Dassenaike and Gypsy Akhyar.

Check out The Age article here.


ABC 7:30 interviews Akat Mayoum from Sunshine Heights Cricket Club

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Congratulations to Akat Mayoum from Sunshine Heights Cricket Club for his amazing interview on ABC’s 7.30 Report about his cricket journey and the scholarship he received from Newsboys Foundation to go on the life-changing cricket tour to England, Italy and Spain in 2011.

In 2019, Akat continues to be an outstanding leader in the club, and in the community.

Congratulations also to Sunshine Heights Cricket Club for their important work with young people from diverse backgrounds and support in creating young leaders of the future.

Check out the ABC 7:30 video here and the article here.


Applications now open for the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition

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Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Winners Charlotte Kube (2015), The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, Emma Amery (2017), Trish Thompson (2018), Sandy Shaw (CEO – Newsboys Foundation)

Now in its tenth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition, including the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award is dedicated to young musicians passionate about J.S. Bach.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at midnight and the finals will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 16 June 2019.

The Newsboys Foundation works with the Melbourne Recital Centre to present the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.

Students from rural or regional Victoria who attend a Victorian Government School are eligible to apply for the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award. This prize is designed to enable the winner to benefit from musical tuition and other opportunities that otherwise may be not open to them. It includes: travel and one week’s accommodation for … Read More »


New Videos

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As part of the Newsboys Foundation’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, a series of videos have been created to document the history of Newsboys Foundation, the 125 BPM concert, and the various organisations Newsboys Foundation has supported in Victoria.

Check out our new videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.


Phunktional & Melbourne Youth Orchestras documentary short

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With support from the Newsboys Foundation, Phunktional & Melbourne Youth Orchestras have recorded a short documentary featuring young people from Robinvale recording original songs for the 6-part miniseries “Stories Beneath the Vale”.

Newsboys Foundation was proud to support Phunktional and Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) to make a short documentary featuring young people from MYO and Robinvale recording original songs for the 6-part mini-series “Stories Beneath the Vale”


Kids Thrive – Kids Manifesto

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As part of the Newsboys Foundation 125th anniversary celebrations, we were delighted to partner with Kids Thrive and Arts Centre Melbourne to deliver the inaugural Kids Manifesto event on 22 October 2018. It was a great success!

Read all about it on the Kids Thrive website. Congratulations to Kids Thrive on a wonderful event and a big thanks to Arts Centre Melbourne, the Sidney Myer Fund and the William Buckland Foundation for their support.


125 BPM Concert a great success

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125 BPM concert with MYO and OUP at Melbourne Recital Centre to celebrate 125 years of the Newsboys Foundation was a great success. See the rehearsal pics here.


125BPM Concert Herald Sun feature

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125BPM Concert featured in Herald Sun.


125BPM Concert – Arts Review

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125 BPM concert with Newsboys Foundation, MYO, OUP and Bob Urquhart featured in Arts Review.


125BPM Concert – Southbank Local News

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Southbank Local News features Newsboys Foundation, Bob Urquhart, MYO and OUP for 125 BPM concert. Read article here


125BPM Concert – Star Weekly

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OUP performers Zayne Mehrez and Joseph Samarani featured in Star Weekly for 125BPM concert. Read article here


The I CAN Network Celebrates its 5th Birthday

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The I CAN Network celebrated its fifth Birthday on the 19th September 2018 at the Treasury Theatre. Watch a sneak peak of the I CAN video on the I CAN Network YouTube channel.


Newsboys winner features in The Age

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Seventeen-year-old trumpeter Trish Thompson was featured in The Age print edition (on 18 June) after winning the 2018 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award in the Bach Competition at the Melbourne Recital Centre.


Trish Thompson featured in the Warrnambool Standard

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The Warrnambool Standard (on 20 June 2018) featured Trish’s story, including an interview on winning the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.


Trish Thompson featured in the Portland Observer

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Trish Thompson’s hometown paper, the Portland Observer (on 19 June 2018) featured a story on her winning the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.


Inspiring Indigenous Leadership

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The Baldau Yiooghen Youth Leadership Academy – an initiative by Anglicare Victoria and The Long Walk has been launched. Baldau Yiooghen means ‘big dreams’ in Wurundjeri language. The Newsboys Foundation is a proud supporter of Anglicare Victoria’s work with young people.See the full story at SBS NITV and the Wimmera Mail Times.


Roghayeh Sadeghi’s ambition to become a human rights lawyer

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Roghayeh Sadeghi tells The Age that when she arrived at Northern Bay College as a 12-year-old she could only say ‘‘hello’’. Now her ambition is to become a human rights lawyer. Roghayeh won the Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award in 2015 at the VicSRC Recognition Awards.


Melbourne Youth Orchestras teams up with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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Melbourne Youth Orchestras is teaming up with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for “MSO Side by Side” at Hamer Hall. Full details and ticket information can be found at the MSO website. Newsboys Foundation is a proud supporter of Melbourne Youth Orchestras.


VicSRC Congress 2018 Scholarships

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VicSRC Congress 2018 Scholarship applications are open until 9am on 7 May 2018. More information can be found at the VicSRC website. Newsboys Foundation is a proud supporter of Congress and the Victorian rural and regional scholarships.


Richmond Football Club to Support National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Accord

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Richmond is the first sporting club signatory to a National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Accord. Read all about it here.


Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) at the Richmond Football Club Invited to Present at the United Nations

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Richmond will be the first sporting club to present at the United Nations. Newsboys Foundation is a proud supporter of the KGI. Read all about it here.


Hands On Learning Recognised by @HundrEDorg

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Hands On Learning has been recognised by global education non-profit @HundrEDorg, as one of its 100 most innovative and inspiring education projects across the world! Read all about it here.


ABC News/Australian Story: Vincent Shin

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Vincent Shin: Australia’s first school lawyer confronts family violence in his past. Read all about it here.


Former Newsboy Mike Brady Wins 2017 Victorian of the Year Award

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Former Melbourne Newsboy Club member Mike Brady AM, famous for writing the Footy anthem Up There Cazaly, has been named Victorian of the Year for 2017. Newsboys congratulates Mike on his achievement and are delighted with his continuing relationship with Newsboys.

The following story by Gary Tippett comes from the Newsboys Foundation 120 Year Anniversary Publication (click for PDF version):

Read more about Mike Brady’s Victorian of the Year Award:

ABC News – Mike Brady: Up There, Cazaly songwriter named Victorian of the Year

3AW’s Mike Brady Named Victorian of the Year

Herald Sun – ‘Up There Cazaly’ legend Mike Brady named Victorian of the Year 


2017 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Winner

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The 2017 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award, in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre, is part of the MRC annual Bach Competition.

The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award seeks to address some of the issues affecting music students living in regional areas, including working in isolation and the added challenges associated with accessing learning opportunities. The award involves travel and one week’s accommodation for the student and a parent/guardian in Melbourne and a daily per diem; lessons with a top teacher on the relevant instrument; complimentary tickets to concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre during that week; mentoring/shadowing opportunities with Melbourne Recital Centre’s artistic and production staff; and the opportunity to go ‘behind-the-scenes’ with direct contact to industry professionals.

The prize is applicable to entrants who live, and attend a Victorian Government school, in rural or regional Victoria to enable such students to … Read More »


Hike to Higher Education

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The Newsboys Foundation has funded Anglicare Victoria since 2011 to strengthen young peoples’ engagement with education and community activities. The community development project commenced in Ararat and has since expanded to Horsham, Stawell and Wonthaggi. David Law has managed the project which has been successful in increasing school retention rates and raising the aspirations of thousands of regional young people. The Hike to Higher Education is one of many initiatives within this project. Read The Courier article here.


2016 Newsboys Foundation Award Winners Announced

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The 2016 Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award was won by Kelly Phan from Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the finalists were Thomas Velican from Nossal High School and Kristen Sellings from Yarram Secondary College. The 2016 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award was won by violinist Lily McCann from Colbinabbin.

The Newsboys Foundation has partnered with the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) and the Melbourne Recital Centre to recognise the power of student voice and musical achievement throughout Victoria in 2016.

The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, in partnership with VicSRC, recognises an exceptional student leader in Victoria. The 2016 Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award was won by Kelly Phan from Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Details of Kelly’s win can be found on the VicSRC website.

The finalists for the 2016 Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award were Thomas Velican from Nossal High School and Kristen Sellings … Read More »


VicSRC Congress 2016

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How students from across Victoria help shape the future of education and have a lot of fun at the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Congress in 2016. Watch the congress wrap video here.


Newsboys Foundation and SVP Melbourne to help young people stay in school

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The Newsboys Foundation and Social Venture Partners Melbourne have joined forces for three years with the aim of helping 5000 young Victorians finish their education.

The two philanthropic organisations are backing Hands On Learning’s innovative education program which works to keep children in school by creating opportunities at school for young people to discover their talents and experience success.

“A staggering 10,000 vulnerable children are dropping out of Victorian high schools, training and apprenticeships every year, triggering fears of a generation lost in a world of future unemployment.”, Henrietta Cook, The Age, May 11 2014.

Hands on Learning is seeking to take its proven model to the next stage and sees the financial support from Newsboys and the capability skills from SVP as integral to that objective.

Over the past 16 years, Hands on Learning has helped more than 10,000 Victorian young people remain … Read More »


Charlotte Kube and Margaret Tran speak at the 2015 Newsboys Foundation AGM

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Margaret Tran, winner of the 2014 Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, speaks at the 2015 Newsboys Foundation AGM:

AGM 2015 speech: Margaret Tran

I would like begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the land of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nations and that we pay respects to their elders past, present and future.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

It is with my great honour that I quote one of my favourite authors, Dr.Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

This quote stood out for me as I have realised that things get done in the world by people who care, who try, and who give their best to what they are doing. When you look around, you will see that if no one cared an awful lot, not many things … Read More »


Making a Big Difference in Ararat

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With Newsboys Foundation support, Anglicare Victoria is helping young people create better lives in Ararat. Read The Age’s Report. 


Newsboys backed project features in The Age

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Outer Urban Project gives voice to young people – The Age.


Cellist wins Newsboys Award – The Age

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The Age reports how teen cellist Charlotte Kube won the 2015 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.


15 year-old cellist wins Newsboys Award

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A young cellist who takes music lessons over an unreliable regional Skype connection has won the inaugural Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.

Winner Charlotte Kube, 15, lives on a property between Nhill and Jeparit in north-west Victoria and is in Year 10 at Nhill College.

Charlotte began cello lessons in Queensland at age seven and joined the local string orchestra for four years.

Since moving to Victoria with her family, Charlotte has attended cello lessons on trips to Horsham, participated in three Orchestra Victoria mOVe workshops in Hamilton and attended the 2015 Melbourne Youth Music Summer School. She has been having lessons with Sarah Cumings from Orchestra Victoria via a Skype connection with very low bandwidth.

Though her access to musical opportunities and training is limited, Charlotte has completed her 4th and 5th grade AMEB exams and shows a natural talent for music.

As part … Read More »


Newsboys helps young people in Horsham

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A new program supported by Newsboys Foundation is opening up employment possibilities for young people in Horsham, The Wimmera Mail Times reports


Newsboys supports engagement with education

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Newsboys Flagship Grant is paying dividends in the schools of the Wimmera Mallee. Flagship Grant partner Hands on Learning reports that it has expanded its program into an extra eight schools by June 2015. Hands on Learning said it hopes to further expand the program by an additional eight schools in the Wimmera Mallee by the end of 2015. Read more here.


Students make massive progress

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A program at the Berry Street School in Morwell, which is supported by the Newsboys Foundation, is helping students make massive strides in their education and improving their lives. Read the report in The Age here.


Puppy love pays off big-time

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Righteous Pups Australia, which is supported by Newsboys, make a big difference in the lives of young students.  Read  The Age story here.


Lasting legacy of city’s newsboy tradition

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The Age’s Lawrence Money celebrates the history of Melbourne’s newsboys. Read the story here.