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

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 to ask.”

When: Live from 8pm on 4 July 2020

Tickets: cost $37.50 and can be purchased via this link

Or via the Gruppetto Fund website:

About the panel:

Cadel Evans is the first Australian to win the Tour de France. He won the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placed seventh in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He is a four-time Olympian.

George Hincapie was a key domestique of Lance Armstrong and a domestique for Alberto Contador in 2007 and for Cadel Evans in 2011, when he and Cadel Evans won the Tour de France. He is the owner and general manager of UCI Professional Continental team Hincapie–Leomo p/b BMC.

Matthew Keenan is Australia’s leading cycling broadcaster. Matthew usually leads the SBS official world feed of the Tour de France. Matthew has called the world’s greatest cycling events including the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España and UCI Road World Championships also form part of Matt’s SBS commitments. He is an ambassador for The Baker Institute and the Carlton Football Club.


Skyline Education Foundation featured in The Age

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

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

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.

For more information on the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition and the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award 2019 go here.

New Videos

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

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”. Watch the video here.

Kids Thrive – Kids Manifesto

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

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

125BPM Concert featured in Herald Sun

125BPM Concert – Arts Review

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

125BPM Concert – Southbank Local News

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

125BPM Concert – Star Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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. Read all about it here.

2017 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Winner

The 2017 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Winner is Emma Amery (age 18) from rural North-East Victoria. Read the full story here.

Hike to Higher Education

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

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. More details on the 2016 Awards here.

VicSRC Congress 2016

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 in school.

Multi-year grant funding for Hands on Learning has been approved by the Newsboys Foundation board and SVP is now working with Hands on Learning to develop the engagement and skills support plan for the next three years.

With their common areas of focus and shared philanthropic values, Newsboys and SVP Melbourne agreed they could amplify the impact of support for a non-profit many times over by joining forces. Combining the financial giving capacity of Newsboys, SVP will work closely with investees over a three-year period, providing these investees with access to the professional and business skills of its partners.

Newsboys Foundation CEO Sandy Shaw said:
“It is imperative that we get as many young people as possible engaged with their education so that they can have the chance to make the best life possible for themselves and to have a positive influence in their communities.”

SVP Partner, Catherina Toh said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for SVP Melbourne to work collaboratively with an established, well respected foundation and to have an impact well beyond what would be otherwise be possible given our current size.”

Hands On Learning Australia Executive Director Cam Wiseman said:
“Hands On Learning Australia is very grateful for the generous support of the Newsboys Foundation and Social Venture Partners to help transform more young lives. Our schools need more support to provide proven solutions to help keep at risk kids connected to school. The investment we make today will save society millions of dollars down the track. “

Newsboys started in 1893 as a club for newsboys, the children who sold newspapers on Melbourne’s streets, and became a foundation in 1973. Since becoming a foundation, it has provided grants to community organisations supporting young people aged 11 – 18 in Victoria who are facing disadvantage.

SVP Melbourne uses the engaged philanthropy model and works on building capacity in non-profits in Victoria with a focus on non-profits servicing disadvantaged children and young people through training and education.

Hands on Learning works to keep children in school by creating opportunities at school for young people to discover their talents and experience success.

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

Margaret Tran, winner of the 2014 Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, speaks at the 2015 Newsboys Foundation AGM. Read Margaret Tran’s speech.

Charlotte Kube, winner of the 2015 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award, speaks at the 2015 Newsboys Foundation AGM. Read Charlotte Kube’s speech.

Making a Big Difference in Ararat

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

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

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

15 year-old cellist wins Newsboys Award

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. Read more here

Newsboys helps young people in Horsham

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

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

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

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

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