Reaching out to connect with community through community grant funding and encouraging awareness and conversation about mental health issues through our alliance with beyondblue were important MCF actions in FY14/15.
we invest in localised preventative health programs that get people moving, promote healthier diet and build links and support networks
MCF Community Grants
Our popular community grants program was elevated this year with the introduction of public voting in the selection process.
More than 500 applications were considered by the employees who sit on Medibank’s Regional Councils throughout the organisation to agree a shortlist of 33 not-for-profit organisations and their health programs.
Then, for the first time, Australians and New Zealanders cast their votes online for the community health projects they needed most in their localities.
Communities galvanized and awareness was raised across social media about projects in the running for a grant. A total of 19,379 people responded by voting.
A total of 25 initiatives were chosen to share in $600,000 in the 2015 round of Medibank Community Grants.
INVESTMENT MAKING AN IMPACT
“At The Huddle we look to involve the community in our continued work towards enhanced social cohesion.
All participants in our award winning programs- from students, to volunteers and our extensive list of partners are all self-referred and they keep coming to The Huddle because they feel safe and supported and they know it works.
The Medibank public vote was a fantastic extension of this, and not only did it award us $20,000 to run ‘Hop On- Connecting Migrants through Sport’ it also engaged our wide network of friends and made them feel part of our exciting work. All with the added bonus of finding new friends along the way, which equals more people knowing about our work through brand exposure, increased participant numbers, and volunteers willing to apply their skills to a wonderful cause.
Thank you Medibank!”
VIEW A SELECTION OF MCF-FUNDED 2015 COMMUNITY GRANT PROJECTS BELOW
We continued to be beyondblue’s Community Partner and support the second leg of the ‘Take 1 Step’ national roadshow campaign to drive awareness for mental health in FY14/15.
The Big Blue Bus connected with 100,000 people at 511 community events in total, travelling more than 50,000km while stopping in 358 Australian towns and suburbs.
“Mental illnesses are at the forefront of public consciousness thanks to the great effort of beyondblue and the big blue bus and we are proud to have supported their cause and raise awareness as the community partner of the campaign,” Dr Andrew Wilson, Medibank Executive General Manager of Provider Networks and Integrated Care
Many Medibank employees assisted with community activations in their regions and workplaces around the country when the Big Blue Bus came to town including Heads Up workplace breakfast presentations and visits to our Sydney and Melbourne offices.
The two year journey was completed at St Kilda’s Luna Park in May 2015.