Partners and supporters
Rocky Bay is very fortunate to work with some amazing people and organisations to help us achieve our purpose of optimising the quality of life for people living with disability.
We work with so many, it is difficult to credit them all, but here we provide information on some of the many people and organisations who really make a difference:
The Rocky Bay Foundation provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations in the disability service sector. The Foundation was established in 1994 as a trust to ensure funds are available well into the future, providing a source of income toward projects for infrastructure, client comfort, safety, security and technology developments. Visit The Rocky Bay Foundation website.
Rocky Bay is part of Ability First Australia, comprising leading disability service providers in each state. Through Ability First Australia, we are also affiliated with Easterseals, the world’s largest disability service provider, based in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through these affiliations we are able to share information and best practice, benefit from economies of scale and ensure research and learnings by individual organisations benefit people with disability nationally and even globally.
- The State Government, through the Disability Service Commission (DSC), has continued to provide Rocky Bay with recurrent and one-off grants. Rocky Bay maintains a strong professional relationship with the DSC and its principal officers Chairman, Mr Bruce Langoulant and Director General Dr Ron Chalmers. We thank them both for their support and look forward to the continuation of this strong partnership in the years to come.
- The Commonwealth Government, through the Department of Social Services has again provided Rocky Bay with funding to assist over 350 clients find and maintain open employment. We thank them for over 17 years of support for this programme which has enabled Rocky Bay to more than double our job seeking client base in that time.
- Lotterywest has made it possible for many of our clients to receive grants to modify homes, vehicles and purchase items such as personal alarms. Rocky Bay was also very fortunate to receive grant funding of over $2.6 million towards an IT upgrade including much needed software systems. Lotterywest has been a wonderful supporter of Rocky Bay over many years and we are indeed indebted to them for their outstanding support.
- Variety, through their CEO Michael Pailthorpe and Chairman Mark Werrett have been very generous to Rocky Bay, granting monies for a range of projects.
Employment services employers
There are over 100 organisations who employ Rocky Bay clients through our Employment Services programme and this is growing all the time. Thanks to all those organisations for making such a difference to the lives of people with disability.
- Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) have hosted an annual Corporate Golf Day, raising over $1.8m in 13 years. Thanks to AHG and in particular, former Managing Director Bronte Howson and Chief Operating Officer AHG – WA & NZ Automotive Tony Salerno, for their magnificent support provided to this event over the years. Our thanks also extend to the many sponsors, auction donors and team entrants.
- The Royal Fremantle Golf Club (RFGC) has supported Rocky Bay for 34 years through its annual Charity Golf Day, raising more than $700,000 in total towards equipment and projects that improve the independence and quality of life for people living with disability. Rocky Bay sincerely thanks the RFGC Committee and the members of the club for supporting the day so passionately over three decades.
- We are very grateful to all of the organisations who were involved in the two Walk With Me Perth – CEO Challenge events in 2014 and/or 2015 through participation and sponsorship. CEOs and Senior Business Leaders from Gerard Daniels (Lloyd Smith and Paul Duffy), Channel 9 (David Mott), Programmed (Chris Sutherland), Deloitte (Michael McNulty), Acton Corporate (Travis Coleman), Santa Fe Relocation Services (Peter Keys) and Vanquip Mobilities (Tom Dartnall), Sure People Solutions (Ancrum Hubbard), Westpac Bank (Jay Watson), Macquarie Telecom (Aaron Tighe) and Keystart Homeloans (Lisa di Cesare) led their teams from the front, raising more than $145,000 towards life changing services for people living with disability in Western Australia. We would like to thank these business leaders and their staff for their time in getting to know our client Ambassadors leading up to the event and helping to build disability awareness amongst the wider business community through their involvement and promotional assistance. Click here to see all of the participants and winners from the 2014 event. Click here to see all participants and winner from the 2015 event.
- Deloitte continues to support Rocky Bay through a combination of board representation, skilled volunteering, probono services and Impact Day activities. The support from Deloitte volunteers has ranged from hands-on projects such as landscaping our new Independent Living Units at 62 McCabe St and accompanying Rocky Bay clients in community activities, to specialised skilled advice that we could not normally afford as a not-for-profit organisation. The engagement, skills and enthusiasm of Deloitte staff has been instrumental in enabling Rocky Bay to identify better ways to market the employability of people with disability to large organisations, as well as make better business decisions regarding the development and expansion of our Advanced Technology Solutions programme.
- ACTON Cottesloe and Dalkeith has generously supported Rocky Bay’s annual community awareness and fundraising event ‘Walk With Me’ from 2013 to 2015 through sponsorship, raffle prize donations, volunteering, local print advertising and promotional assistance. ACTON Cottesloe and Dalkeith are currently assisting Rocky Bay to produce a high quality video to promote our large range of Accommodation Services to suit the accommodation needs and lifestyle choices of people of all ages living with disability.
- JLT Australia and Ansvar Insurance have a long standing relationships with Rocky Bay, providing affordable insurance services and sponsorship of both the AHG Corporate golf day and Royal Fremantle Golf Club Charity Golf Day.
- Zurich Insurance Group have once again agreed for Rocky Bay to access up to $10,000 to be used for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) related training and in promoting a safety culture across our organisation. Some of these funds will be applied against injury management and OSH representative training.
- We are indebted to all the individual volunteers who join us on a regular or one off basis to support us at events, with client services and with our administrative and operational duties to support Rocky Bay in achieving our purpose.
- Schools and universities provide numerous volunteers and our thanks go to to Scotch College, Iona Presentation College, St Hildas Anglican School for Girls, Notre Dame University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Challenger Tafe for their invaluable support in spending time with our clients, working with support staff on recreational activities and taking part in Rocky Bay events.
- Through corporate volunteering, the following organisations have provided their unique talents and support over the past year – AHG, Bankwest, Deloitte, BHP Billiton and Woodside. Staff from these organisations have been involved in workshop facilitation, strategy development, feasibility studies, process efficiency, reporting development as well as more hands on tasks at client events such as the Melbourne Cup lunch.
- Thanks also go to the volunteer organisations Volunteering WA and the Nedlands Volunteer Resource Centre who facilitate many of the corporate and education volunteering opportunities, and Animal Companions for the provision of volunteers and pets for therapeutic visits to Rocky Bay clients.
- Of course, we are extremely grateful to the Rocky Bay board members, past and present, for the time they dedicate and the expertise they provide towards the continued success of Rocky Bay.
Individual donors and foundations
Last but not least, we are extremely grateful to all the individual donors and foundations who have provided Rocky Bay support over the years.
Donations come in the form of bequests, major gifts, regular gifts, one off donations and peer to peer fundraising sponsorship.
We are grateful for any gift, large or small. Donations pay for the things which otherwise wouldn’t be possible and because alternative funding sources cover all Rocky Bay administrative costs, all donations and net proceeds from campaigns and events go directly to projects which support people living with disability.
Acknowledgement of some of our major donors can be found in our Annual Reports.