Direct-selling company, Jeunesse Kids donates more than 25K to DV affected kids

Jeunesse Kids, the charity arm of direct-selling company Jeunesse Global, has raised more than $25,000 for domestic and family violence support charity, Friends With Dignity.

The announcement was made on stage at the Jeunesse Australia and New Zealand Regional Convention at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The funds, raised through Jeunesse Australian and New Zealand distributors and significant personal donations by the senior leadership executives, will go toward the Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship Program.

The program was first announced in March 2017 at the Jeunesse Australia/New Zealand annual conference in Sydney, with the first round of scholarships opening in June 2017.

“We are so humbled and grateful for all of the support Jeunesse has provided since the launch of the Little Friends Scholarship Program in early 2017,” said Friends With Dignity Director and Chief Operations Officer, Zoe Scharenguivel, who was a guest presenter at yesterday's convention.

The program, which is an Australian-first, awards bi-annual monetary scholarships to children throughout Australia who have faced, or are facing, domestic or family violence.

The scholarships help to cover a variety of areas from helping kids attend camp and after-school activities with their peers, to providing uniforms to attend school after the family’s home was burnt down.

Rachel McVinish, General Manager of Jeunesse Australasia, was introduced to national not-for-profit organisation, Friends With Dignity when seeking a charity assisting children in need with whom to partner.

“I knew as soon as I spoke with Julia and Zoe at Friends With Dignity, and learnt of the incredible work they do, that this was the charity Jeunesse Kids should be associated with, and from there, the idea of the scholarship program was developed,” said Ms McVinish.

"We envision a world where all children have the opportunity to grow and flourish and look forward to a happy, successful future."

The first four rounds of the program have seen a total of 122 scholarships awarded Australia-wide.

Friends With Dignity, which was recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year in 2018, responded to requests from the community wanting to contribute to their Little Friends Scholarship program by launching the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund in round three, allowing the general public to also help children in need.

"Donations to the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund can be large or small. All funds received will be pooled together in $500 amounts (the size of a scholarship), and all donations over $2 are tax deductible,” said Ms Scharenguivel.

“We would like to attract more people to apply for the scholarships, and also more donations from the community and corporate sector so we can grant even more children the ability to shine in their own right, either through furthering their education or participating in extra-curricular activities.

“The need within our communities is so large - the more assistance we can receive in raising funds, the more children can be assisted and know an entire community is behind them and wanting only the best for them.”

Anyone interested to apply for the Little Friends Scholarship Program can visit: http://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/little-friends-scholarship to download an application form. Round five applications will open in July, 2019.

The Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund website can be found at MyCause: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/179288/little-friends-scholarship-community-fund.

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