Gold Coast charity scores big boost for Australian-first scholarship program

The Friends with Dignity Little Friends Scholarship Program has received a huge boost, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Jeunesse Kids.

At the Jeunesse Australian and New Zealand Regional Convention, it was announced that more than $25,000 was raised for the Gold Coast based charity.

Friends with Dignity’s Scholarship Program was initially announced back in March 2017, with the first found of scholarships opened in June 2017.


It’s an Australian-first, which awards bi-annual monetary scholarships to children throughout the country who have faced, or are facing, domestic or family violence.

The scholarships help cover a variety of areas for the children, like costs to attend camp and after-school activities, as well as providing uniforms.

The first four rounds of the program have seen 122 scholarships awarded across Australia.

Friend’s with Dignity Director and Chief Operations Officer Zoe Scharenguivel says it’s an amazing donation.

“We are so humbled and grateful for all of the support Jeunesse has provided since the launch of the Little Friends Scholarship Program in early 2017.

“We would like to attract more people to apply for the scholarships, and also more donations from the community and corporate sector so we can grant even more children the ability to shine in their own right, either through furthering their education or participating in extra-curricular activities,” Ms Scharenguivel said.

General Manager of Jeunesse Australasia Rachel McVinish was introduced to national not-for-profit organisation while looking to partner with a charity assisting children in need.

“I knew as soon as I spoke with Julia and Zoe at Friends With Dignity, and learnt of the incredible work they do, that this was the charity Jeunesse Kids should be associated with, and from there, the idea of the scholarship program was developed,” Ms McVinish said.

Friends With Dignity was recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year in 2018.

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