nib foundation celebrates ten years

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Three Hunter Valley-based charities will pitch for a share of $100,000 in funding this week to mark nib foundation’s tenth anniversary.

The foundation will the major milestone with a special event, Pitch for a Healthy Cause, that will bring together around 100 people to choose the charity to receive a funding boost.

The Australian Institute of Neuro-Rehabilitation (AIN), Share the Dignity and Waves of Wellness, will pitch for their share of the $100,000 funding pool to help them progress their charitable work in the local community.

nib foundation executive officer, Amy Tribe, said the funding injection would help the organisations continue and expand their work.

“Each of these charities works tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of vulnerable or disadvantaged communities of people living in our local region,” said Ms Tribe.

“The pitch night not only provides them with a much-needed funding boost but will also give them the skills and experience to help secure funding sources in the future.”

Joel Pilgrim will pitch for Waves of Wellness, a not-for-profit organisation using surf therapy to remove the mental health stigma.

Emily Wilson will represent Share the Dignity – a charity providing basic sanitary items for women experiencing homelessness and domestic violence.

Trish Leonard is the third presenter of the evening, pitching on behalf of AIN, which works to improve the lives of Australians with brain and spinal cord damage through robotic neuro-rehabilitation.

Pitch night attendees will each be given nib foundation funding to pledge to their chosen charity on the night, while the results of the nib ‘People’s Choice’ public vote will also be revealed, which gave nib’s members and the community the opportunity to vote for their favourite charity to receive $10,000.

The nib foundation has committed over $17 million to more than 120 partners during its ten years. 

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 10 years with the support of our incredible partners who have made a significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians,” said Ms Tribe.

“Our unique pitch night is a special way to recognise these achievements while bringing together our closest stakeholders to celebrate what nib foundation is all about – helping people and communities live healthier lives.”