If you’re a customer of Aussie Broadband you may have come across our On-Bill Donations Program already. It’s pretty simple, when you sign up for your broadband service you’ll be given the option to add a $1 donation to your monthly bill. It’s a no brainer really and no wonder why so many people are now choosing to opt into the program via their MyAussie App or Online Portal.
So where’s the money going, what does it mean and why does it matter, now, more than ever?
We’re helping to build resilient young Australians within an increasingly connected and complex world.
The $200,000 means that approximately 19,149 young Australians have been given access to a wide range of education and engagement programs that promote good mental health, a strong sense of identity and connections beyond connectivity.
Our partnership with Beacon Foundation has supported approximately 555 students living in low SES (Socio-Economic Status) areas throughout Australia. It’s never been more important for young people to connect with industry mentors, to interact, ask questions and gain insights about potential career paths that sit outside their local environments and that’s exactly what we’re helping facilitate through Beacon’s Industry Live program. It’s an online career awareness program that gives young people from all over the country a regular opportunity to hear from industry professionals about the work they do and their career journey to date.
*Note: Socio-economic status is based on the SEIFA Index of Disadvantage assigned to the SLA in which individuals live. Low SES includes Lowest Quintile and Lower Middle Quintile.
In addition to this, our partnership with Red Dust has helped support approximately 890 young Aboriginal Australians living in remote Indigenous communities. Together, we’ve given them access to positive role models who can deliver engaging school-based health and wellbeing programs that focus on nutrition, physical activity, aspiration, resilience, identity and cultural strength.
Depicted are just a couple of examples of students participating in a Healthy Living Program where there’s an opportunity to build confidence and skills interacting with non-Indigenous people; opportunities to create stories for young people to draw inspiration from.
Lastly, and certainly not least is our partnership with ReachOut who have helped provide online mental health support for an overwhelming 17,704 young people and a further 2,486 parents and carers. Young people are digital natives so it’s absolutely critical that we help develop responsive and effective resources during significant events like bushfire emergencies, floods and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to impact the future of our economy at large.
To our generous Aussie Broadband donors, we hope this recognises just how impactful your donations have been and for those who want to get involved, simply login to your MyAussie App or Online Portal and add a $1 donation to your monthly bill!