Wildlife and education funds opened to support the Limestone Coast

Stand Like Stone, a leading community foundations, has announced two new sub funds focusing on animal welfare and athletic development to support the Limestone Coast.

Anne Kerr, CEO at Stand Like Stone, said the two new sub funds represent a first for the Foundation itself as well as exciting ways to give to the region.

"The Caroline Barr Animal Rescue Sub Fund is the first sub fund in Stand Like Stone whose focus will be on providing grants to support animal welfare across the region, which we are really excited about," Ms Kerr said.

"Similarly, the Barrie Holmes Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of the late Barrie Holmes, and again is a first for Stand Like Stone as it will provide educational scholarships for students in relation to sports and athletic development".

As the only community foundation in the Limestone Coast, Stand Like Stone has supported the region through its charitable grant making and educational scholarships since 2004, delivering over $1.75 million in direct benefits to date.

Both sub funds were hoping to raise funds through Swinging with the Stars, and although the event has been cancelled for 2020, it is not stopping Caroline Barr or Stephen Holmes continue with their fundraising.

Carline, who is passionate about giving back to the community, has noticed the huge need for local animal welfare and rescue support.

"Organisations such as Wet Noses Animal Rescue are run purely by volunteers, and funding relies heavily on sponsors within the community," she said.

"By establishing a sub fund within Stand Like Stone, I can create a legacy and ensure ongoing future support for a variety of charitable organisations and a cause that I am passionate about."

For Stephen Holmes and his siblings, establishing the Barrie Holmes Memorial Scholarship represented a unique way to honour their late father.

"My dad, Barrie Holmes, was a very active member of the community, supporting children to participate in sport," he said.

"His passion for helping those in our local community is something that my siblings and I have carried with us throughout our whole lives, we want to honour who he was and the way he raised us."

Chair of Stand Like Stone, Bill DeGaris, welcomed the establishment of the new sub funds, "The Board were delighted to establish the new sub funds and really want to commend and congratulate Caroline Barr and the Holmes family for their passion and dedication to this region."

"Establishing a sub fund within the Stand Like Stone Foundation really is a great way to give back to your local community."

Through its existing sub funds and donations, the team at Stand Like Stone have been busy this year helping the Limestone Coast.

As well as working with the Keilira community to provide help following the devastating bushfire, they are currently holding an additional charitable grant and educational scholarship round, and the annual OneFortyOne Community Capacity Building grants.

The team are now working hard to identify ways to further help the community with its response to Covid-19.

"We know that a sub fund with Stand Like Stone is a great way to get involved and make a real difference to your local community," said Mr DeGaris.

It helps people make an immediate impact in the areas they care about."

Grants and scholarship opportunities from the new sub funds will be advertised in line with other Stand Like Stone Grant and Scholarship rounds in due course.

Donations to Stand Like Stone are never spent, remaining in perpetuity for the benefit of the Limestone Coast earning interest, which is then spent through charitable grants and educational scholarships.