Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120103 connect 2016 | AUSTRALIA AROUND THE WORLD In May 2016 The Australian Ireland Fund Board agreed to continue their flagship support of Suas and Solas Project and increase their small grant support of The Soar Foundation to Flagship support. They also provided donor advised gifts to Sensational Kids in Ireland and the Hyman Tarlo Scholarship at Trinity College.  The strategy is to support fewer projects with large flagship grants to provide more impactful support for these projects.  Since 2011, SUAS has provided structured literacy support to children aged 8-14 years old at DEIS schools, connecting struggling children with volunteer mentors from local colleges, companies and communities to work one on one. These mentors give children the extra boost they need—reading help and practice that many might not get at home, and the confidence and self-esteem that this extra attention brings. With the support of The Australian Ireland Fund, Suas was able to reach 708 children as of March 2016. “I greatly appreciate the support of the Irish community in Australia and the difference you are making for children around Ireland. So many special moments and so much life-changing support has happened with your help,” says Allison Aldred, CEO, Suas Educational Development. The unique attribution of the SOLAS PROJECT is its long-term, intensive intervention. They are in a position to hold the support for a young person from age 6 up to 18. This consistent presence in their life helps Solas to build a trusting, solid relationship but also challenge them to stretch to reach goals. The demographic they serve are from some of the most disadvantaged areas in Dub- lin. Solas run 7 program areas including; After Schools, Teen Mentoring, Skills Development, Prison Programme, Solas Business, Solas College and Solas Sports. They work to improve the character, motivation and self-worth of each young person they work with, in every program.   THE SOAR FOUNDATION inspired by Irishman Jim Stynes and the Reach Foundation of Melbourne, creates and delivers early intervention, emotional well-being programmes to young people aged 12-18 across Ireland. Soar works within communities to move services to young people beyond a discussion of mental health and toward facilitating the development of emotional well- being and resilience by encouraging young people to see value in their individuality, to begin to set goals, to step out of their comfort zones and to realise their full potential. In 2015 Soar worked with 5,817 young people across Ireland and over 14,000 young people ever since their very first workshop in 2012. The Australian Ireland Fund received a donor designated grant of $5,000 from The Lansdowne Club for SENSATIONAL KIDS. Sensational Kids benefits 1 in 4 children in Ireland who have special educational needs, such as autism, Down Syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia. By providing a range of clinical and educational services, it benefits children of all ages and all abilities to enable them to develop to their full potential. Ruth Tarlo donated $10,000 to TRINITY COLLEGE to continue the Hyman Tarlo Scholarship which she created in her late husband’s honor. The Australian Ireland Fund is proud to continue its partnership with THE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION FOUNDATION (AIEF) for its sixth year providing scholarships to Indigenous students. The AIEF is a private sector led non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and careers at Australia’s leading schools, universities and companies. The scholarships are under- taken at Marist College, Ashgrove and St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly in Queensland and Kincoppal-Rose Bay School and St Catherine’s School, Waverley in New South Wales. T H E A U S T R A L I A N I R E L A N D F U N D NEWS Trinity College Suas Solas Project Ireland Funds supporters with The Soar Foundation Sensational Kids