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About Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, the Layne Beachley Foundation urgently needs 5,000 people to donate $10 to help fund 10 life-changing scholarships for some of the country's most disadvantaged yet determined women. Your spare change can make a big difference. 

Without your help, a woman like Daisy Cox will never reach her full potential. At just 25, Daisy founded a not-for-profit organisation, A Little Sparkle to support girls with autism. Daisy is autistic and was diagnosed at the age of 7. Autism is a condition most likely to occur in boys. Given this, Daisy didn’t meet another girl ‘like her’ until she was 15. As you can imagine, she was a lonely child.

Always determined to let her differences shine through, Daisy founded A Little Sparkle to be a positive role model and provide young autistic women with opportunities that she didn’t have growing up.

Daisy used her grant funding to set-up a support network in her home town of Caloundra. Her group now has 60 members, some travel up to five hours just to take part. They get together each month and do things they normally would not have a chance to do for fear of being judged or feeling like they didn’t fit in. 

It costs $5,000 to fund a scholarship and every little bit counts. Your tax-deductible donation will give much-needed support to the stars of tomorrow.  To meet our target we're asking 5,000 people to donate $10. Ten bucks is equivalent to the cost of a couple of coffees, a take-away lunch or a STAN monthly subscription.

Like Nipuni Wijewickrema from Canberra. She started GG’s Flowers, a social enterprise as a way to help provide meaningful employment to people with special needs. This is an issue close to Nipuni’s heart as her sister Gayana has Down syndrome.

In Australia, there are 4.8 million people with a disability, only 27% of who have employment. A staggering 73% are unemployed, and therefore depend on welfare to survive.

With the Foundation’s scholarship, Nipuni has grown her business. She now employs 7 casual workers and has just launched GG’s Hampers (who deliver nationwide). Her dream is to have GG’s operating in every state so that some of the country’s most vulnerable people have a chance to blossom and grow. 

Your gift this Christmas, will not only help our scholarship recipients, but also assisting the communities they work with. With your financial support, you can make a real difference.

This year, the Foundation received thousands of applications but only 31 scholarships could be awarded. Funding is the only thing preventing us from helping more women like Daisy and Nipuni. 

Your gift will make a tangible difference to women and girls who need financial support to aim for the stars. Without your generosity, the scholarships we provide would simply not be available.

"Over the last 14 years, the Foundation has provided over $800k to almost 500 women to help them achieve their goals. With your help this Christmas, we can do more. From my heart, I (and our scholarship winners) thank you” Layne Beachley.

About Aim For The Stars

Aim For The Stars, founded in 2003 by seven-time World Champion surfer, Layne Beachley supports some of the countries most disadvantaged yet determined women through financial grants and mentoring. Our mission statement is to be the catalyst for young women to transform their potential into reality.

Since 2003 Aim for the Stars has helped to create 23 Olympian and Paralympians, 13 World Champions, 5 United Nations presenters, 1 nominee for Young Australian of the Year, 31 creative stars, 39 social and community leaders, 16 climate changers and 14 amazing scientists.
Others have created an impact in areas such as:
• Working with people with disabilities
• Scientific research in areas such as spinal research, cancer, autism and the birth of stars
• Indigenous health and well being
• Mental health
• Aged care
• Education in third world and remote and rural regions
• Environmental studies into the Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica and endangered marine life and waste management
• World-class performers in ballet, dance, theatre and music


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