Forty-five amazing individuals have benefited from the AMP Foundation’s annual $1 million grants program, which aims to help people build better tomorrows for the Australian community.
For the fourth year, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund invited Australians from all walks of life, abilities and interests to share a goal they’re working towards that benefits the community.
This year’s 45 recipients, also known as AMP Tomorrow Makers, are making a difference in a wide range of fields — from science, social innovation and education, to the environment, film, music and more — with all wanting to take their project to the next level.
Who were winners?
- Nigel Farrow (pictured above), a former Adelaide musician who went back to school to become a medical researcher in a bid to find a cure for his daughter’s cystic fibrosis.
- Simone Patterson, a Gold Coast social worker who has set up Australia’s first pet-friendly refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence.
- Huy Nguyen, a systems engineer and wheelchair user from Melbourne, who has developed an interactive system to train and prepare new disability support workers.
- Lana Borg, a Western Sydney aged-care worker who runs a volunteer-led service from her home that feeds people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
- Andrew Gardner, a Newcastle neuropsychologist and researcher providing free specialised care and education for young athletes who have sustained a concussion.
- Natasha Maguire, a bereaved mother who established a retreat where families battling life-threatening childhood conditions can spend precious time together.
- Jodi Rowley, a conservation biologist who is building up a lab of young scientists to help her on her mission to protect one of Australia’s most vulnerable animals.
The calibre of AMP Tomorrow Makers was particularly strong this year, with many of the recipients being driven by deeply personal reasons to pursue their goals.
For the full list of 2017 AMP Tomorrow Fund grant recipients, including videos and news updates, visit the AMP Tomorrow Fund website.
Another reason to celebrate
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AMP Foundation, which to date has provided 187 Australians with AMP Tomorrow Fund grants that have ranged from $5,000 to $100,000.
As in previous years, this year’s recipients were reviewed by AMP judges and external subject-matter experts, with the winners selected by an expert panel that included AMP CEO Craig Meller.
Are you a Tomorrow Maker?
Applications for next year's AMP Tomorrow Fund open in April 2018. Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be a Tomorrow Maker can visit the AMP Tomorrow Fund website to register their interest.
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