ACF IMPACT GRANT
THE ACF DONATED A HUGE $18,000 TO AN ORGANISATION IN ALBANY THAT DEMONSTRATED THE PLAN TO CREATE A UNIQUE PROGRAM TO BENEFIT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.
The winner of the grant was the Great Southern Mental Health Network with a plan to establish a music therapy program for disadvantaged people in Albany to connect and learn in a musical based environment.
The Great Southern Mental Health Network received $18,000 to fund their Therapy through Music Programme – “Plug into Rhythm”. A programme designed to provide therapy to people who are isolated and suffering mental health issues by joining them together to learn music. The ACF looks forward to following this programme in 2018.
ANNUAL ACF COCKTAIL BALL
tHE ANNUAL ACF COCKTAIL BALL WAS HELD IN NOVEMBER 2017.
THE EVENT INCLUDED THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE $25,000 IMPACT GRANT, THE PRESENTATION OF A CHEQUE TO KENNY MCGONNELL, PLUS LOTS OF AUCTION ITEMS AND PRIZES.
DETAILS TO COME LATER IN THE YEAR FOR THE 2018 EVENT!
7pm, Saturday 18th of November 2017
Tickets $60 per person
Cocktail food provided
Bar facilities available
Live music, auction items, prizes, and the announcement of the $25,000 Impact Grant
THEME: OP-SHOP GLAMOUR Buy an outfit from a local charity op-shop, and we welcome you to donate what you would have spend on a new outfit to the ACF on the night!
KENNY MCGONNELL FUNDRAISER
THE ACF SUCCESSFULLY ASSISTED IN RAISING FUNDS FOR REHAB BIKE FOR LOCAL LEGEND KENNY MCGONNELL IN 2017. HAVE A READ OF KENNY'S STORY BELOW AND HOW THE ACF WERE ABLE TO ASSIST.
The machine cost $26,000, and a good friend of Kenny's requested some assistance from the ACF to help raise these funds. The ACF created posters and many of his friends helped to raise money at the local football grand final, and the ACF announced that we would match the funds raised, dollar for dollar up to $5,000. This event sparked huge interest in Albany, and with the ACF and friends and family of Kenny's combined, we were able to raise the full $26,000 for the bike. The ACF contributed approximately $4,000, with the community donating the outstanding $22,000. This is a fantastic example of how the ACF can get involved with the community to help an individual, but also shows how amazing our local community is.
More about Kenny's story below...
Kenny McGonnell is a 30 year old Albany man who until recently owned and ran a local building company. Kenny is also a keen sportsmen and was also involved in swimming, football, basketball, enduro, yoga, triathlons etc. Unfortunately on the 25th of May 2017, Kenny was injured in a motorbike accident while riding with friends on a property in Albany. He was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital spinal unit and then to Fiona Stanley Hospital to begin rehabilitation. Kenny had sustained injuries to the spinal cord at mid thoracic level (T6) resulting in being unable to feel anything from his chest down. Subsequently Kenny has become a paraplegic and is confined to a wheelchair.
Kenny is an extremely positive person and has taken his rehabilitation to a level that has surprised his doctors, physios and occupational therapists to the point that they have had to try to slow him down rather than give him any further encouragement. While Kenny was at Fiona Stanley, he was especially impressed with a piece of equipment (RT300) that stimulates muscles through Functional Electrical Stimulation. This particular piece of equipment is in the form of a computerised recumbent bicycle where the wheelchair is wheeled up to the bike and the patients legs are strapped onto peddles. Electrical stimulation is then used to activate the muscles in the patient’s legs as if riding a bike. The equipment also has hand pedals for patients with different spinal injuries. Kenny believes that maintaining muscle movement and the flexibility to maintain muscle mass will give him the best possible conditioning to be able to walk again. There are only three of these machines in W.A. and that they are used for a variety of injuries and conditions, from spinal injuries to stroke victims and cerebral palsy sufferers.