Redlands scouts geared up for the great outdoors thanks to funding boost

  • 57% of young people in QLD feel disconnected from community
  • 38% wish they were more involved with their local area
  • Coca-Cola Australia Foundation grants a total of $700,000 to 34 charities

Redlands, Queensland OCTOBER, 2017 – Young scouts in the Redlands area will have access to high-quality camping gear, thanks to a funding boost from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF).

Recent CCAF research1 into the state of happiness among young Aussies reveals that 57 per cent of teenagers in Queensland feel disconnected from their community, while 38 per cent wish they were more involved with their community.

To create moments of happiness for young Australians and help them reconnect with their communities, the CCAF is providing grants to charities across the country through its Employee Connected grants program. Cleveland Scout Group is one of 34 charities who will share in more than $700,000 in funding.

To apply for the grant, each charity was nominated by an employee of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) or Coca-Cola South Pacific (CCSP).

Cleveland Scout Group is a local branch of Scouts Queensland, which provides young Australians with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure while learning important life skills. The scouts are given the opportunity to take part in a number of outdoor activities, from camping and canoeing to overnight hiking and rock climbing.

With 86 members in total, the Cleveland Scout Group has a strong community involvement in the Redlands area, with Scouts often showing support at activities like ANZAC Day, community festivals and fetes. The CCAF grant will allow them to upgrade their camping equipment with a lightweight and simple tent that will equip the young scouts for the great outdoors.

Malcolm Hudson, Chair of Coca-Cola Australia Foundation said he was delighted that the CCAF could support such a diverse range of communities and causes important to employees.

“The strong desire from young people to be more connected to their community is a major reason why we’ve chosen to support charitable programs for young people around Australia. We are hoping we can create meaningful partnerships that will help build stronger communities.”

“Our Employee Connected Grants are a great way for both Coca-Cola South Pacific and Coca-Cola Amatil employees to support charities that they care about. Cleveland Scout Group is just one of 34 local charities our employees have nominated to help and we’re incredibly proud to offer them our support”

The CCAF Employee Connected Grants support projects in communities where employees live, work, or have a personal connection.

To be eligible for a grant, it is required that charity missions are relevant to young Australians aged 13 to 19 years and address their happiness, optimism, empowerment, wellbeing and/or enhanced possibilities for a positive life.

  1. Research undertaken by CoreData among Australians aged 13-19 in November 2016

About the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) is at the heart of Coca-Cola’s national community strategy in Australia. The fund is a joint initiative between Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola South Pacific, created to do social good. Since its establishment in 2002, the CCAF has provided more than $12,000,000AUD to hundreds of organisations, with many young Australians positively impacted. The CCAF mission is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. Through Flagship and Employee Connected grants, the CCAF is supporting programs that will build capability and opportunity for young Australians, which inspire them to grow their happiness and feel empowered for a more positive life. foundation

About Cleveland Scout Group

Cleveland Scout Group is a local Group of Scouts Australia, which provides young Australians with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure and learn important life skills, in the community, at home and in school.