Trots Night May 2012

Wednesday Night May 16th 2012

Racing Starts: 6.30pm – 7.00pm

$35.00 per head

Includes the following:

  • Admission, Race Booklet
  • Reserved table waiter service
  • 3 course meal
  • Tea and coffee
  • (drinks at bar prices)

Fun night with fantastic raffle prizes to be won. Make a table of ten or just come yourself

All are welcome
For Bookings contact: Vicki Biggs 0414 755 699

Please support us so we can continue to allocate scholarship’s to those who are in need of life changing skills.

Student raises funds to purchase 20 CT bears.

Fraser and the bears

UPDATE: Several CT Bears went to the NZ to assist children experiencing grief following the tragic mining disaster in Greymouth in 2010. The remainder of CT Bears are helping children in South Australia who have experienced trauma. Fraser is planning to conduct another fundraiser with the Bears in the near future.
In early 2010, after learning about the Children of Phoenix Foundation and its mission and aims Fraser contacted Professor Caroline Taylor to say that he wanted to help the foundation by raising funds to purchase CT Bears to give to local child welfare services across Adelaide.
Fraser set about preparing and giving a talk to fellow students at his school and in November Fraser contacted the foundation to advise he had raised enough funds to purchase 20 CT Bears. The foundation packed up 20 bears and sent them to South Australia. The New Zealand mining disaster in Greymouth also occurred around this time and someone from the welfare sector in South Australia saw CT Bear and commented on how helpful CT Bear would be for children who had lost loved ones in the mine tragedy. Fraser made the decision to donate a number of CT Bears to New Zealand and they travelled to Greymouth, New Zealand where they are helping many children deal with trauma.
CT Bear is helping many children and assisting many counsellors who work with children and young people. CT Bear has proved popular with all children as a special bear to help children communicate their thoughts and feelings to others and helping parents and other adults by being a great communicator for adults to check-in on the emotional state of children.
CT Bear has travelled far and wide so far. He is at ‘Twelves’ in Plymouth, UK which is a specialist counselling and support unit for children affected by sexual violence; Women and Children’s Welfare services and shelters in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Greymouth in New Zealand helping children deal with the recent mining tragedy. CT Bear also has a home at several schools in Victoria where he helps children feel safe and comfortable to communicate feelings with others and he has a home with many children whose parents know CT Bear is a wonderful friend for their children.
Children of Phoenix is very proud of Fraser and his tremendous achievements. He has shown himself to be a young man of compassion and maturity beyond his years. In 2011 Fraser will be travelling to Victoria and will meet with Professor Taylor and members of the Board and Friend’s of Phoenix where he will receive a special thank you from the Board of Directors.

European Philanthropist makes generous donation

Children of Phoenix is delighted to announce that an overseas philanthropist recently made a significant donation to the foundation.  The philanthropist wishes to remain anonymous but made the donation following a request to meet personally with Professor Taylor whilst visiting Australia.  The philanthropist, who lives in Europe, advised Professor Taylor that someone very close to him was greatly assisted by her published work and as a consequence his wish was to support the mission of the foundation through a very generous donation to the scholarship program.  Professor Taylor and the board are delighted with this donation and the potential ongoing relationship and support from this compassionate and generous philanthropist.  Later in the year Professor Taylor will travel to Europe at the invitation of the philanthropist for a personal meeting.

Christine Nixon announced as Ambassador

Christine Nixon, Ambassador, Children of Phoenix

Children of Phoenix are honoured and pleased to announce that Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Christine Nixon APM, will be the Ambassador for the organisation. Ms Nixon is an advocate of sexual assault victims, with survivors holding her in high esteem.

Christine has played key roles in the establishment of various key statewide committees that bring together key stakeholders and services to collaborate for effective responses to eliminate violence against women and children.  Under Christine’s leadership, Victoria Police have taken a social leadership role with regard to sexual violence and family violence affecting the lives of children and adults and addressing the needs of disaffected and disengaged youth in our society.

In 2001 when she was sworn in as Chief Commissioner she was the first woman to lead a police force in Australia .

Respected by all members of the community Ms Nixon stated in her inaugural speech that “I will focus on those priority areas of key concern to our citizens – crime control, safer homes and public places and the reduction of violence.”

In seeing that through Ms Nixon has worked on and launched a number of projects that help to raise awareness of and stop domestic violence and also sexual assault in our communities.

Ms Nixon said Victoria Police is committed to providing victims of sexual assault and family violence with a supportive and professional response and it is continually exploring opportunities to further improve the quality of its service.

“When Victoria Police responds to incidents of family violence and sexual assault we demonstrate that abuse against women and children is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community at any time,” Ms Nixon said.

‘Through police intervention we aim to help protect victims from additional harm at times when they are most vulnerable and with investigation and prosecution of criminal offences we hope to reduce the prevalence of family violence and sexual abuse in the community.

Ms Nixon said Victoria Police welcomes any initiative which seeks to help victims of sexual abuse and violence rebuild their lives.

“Children of Phoenix are striving to assist victims of sexual assault move on with their lives by supporting their educational needs. I am pleased to be associated with Children of Phoenix and would encourage members of the community to support their work.”

Prof. Taylor, founder of Children of Phoenix said she is “thoroughly delighted and humbled” to have Christine as our first ever Ambassador adding, “Christine is an inspiration to young people and adults of all ages, not just in Victoria but across Australia .  Her style of leadership and genuine empathy and passion to create a more just society for everyone mark her as a role model of significance, especially for young people.”

Inaugural meeting of the board

The Ballarat Courier: Inaugural meeting of the board
– Read the article: Article and Photo

Survivors fighting back

The Canberra Times: Survivors fighting back
– In-depth interview with Dr Caroline Taylor: Article

Dr Caroline Taylor interview with ABC Radio

Dr Caroline Taylor interview with ABC Radio
– Incest law overhaul needed: Audio and Article
– Dr Taylor responds to critics: Audio and Article