Kennards Hire Foundation
The Kennards Hire Foundation was launched in June 2018.
The vision of the Foundation is to make both Australia and New Zealand a better place for future generations by significantly improving the ability of disadvantaged young children to be independent, self-sufficient contributors to society. In conjunction, the Kennards Hire Foundation will fund conservation projects for both land and species, to support a vision of a better world for future generations.
In its first five years, the Kennards Hire Foundation will be donating to a wide array of children’s charity organisations, including Stepping Stone House, the Smith Family Learning for Life Program, Kids Xpress, BackTrack, Nawarddeken Academy in Australia. KidsCan and Springboard Community Works will be the first recipients in New Zealand.
As part of their commitment to conservation, the Foundation will also support Taronga Zoo, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Bush Heritage, to aid in bringing their vision for a better environment into reality.
Whilst the Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for donations, the Kennards Hire branch network will continue to support and contribute to local charities, schools, sporting and community groups.
KidsCan Charitable Trust
The KidsCan Charitable Trust works in partnership with 732 low decile primary, intermediate and high schools providing tangible items such as food, raincoats, shoes and basic health and hygiene items.
Kennards Hire has been supporting KidsCan since 2014 and over that time has donated over $165,000 to help support Kiwi kids in need.
“We believe that education equals opportunity and that every child, regardless of their social economic background, should have an equal chance to get a good education. Sadly, this isn’t the case for the 1 in 4 New Zealand children living in hardship.”
“This year, Kennards Hire have adapted a ‘buddy school’ initiative program as a way to help strengthen relationships between the individual branches and their local communities by providing some of the KidsCan partner schools with access to equipment and man power that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.”
Julie Chapman, KidsCan CEO and Founder
Springboard Community Works
Spingboard Community Works works with marginalised young people and their families in New Zealand’s North Auckland area, empowering them with life changing principles, skills and mentors to facilitate personal transformation.
Working out of their values; ‘Hope, Belonging, Purpose, Wellbeing and Integrity’ Springboard continues to see positive changes with the young people in their programs and the ripple effect that it has on the wellbeing of the wider community.
"We are very grateful to Kennards Hire who recently got in behind Springboard, supporting us through the supply of power tools and machinery to train young people in work skills preparing them for employment. They also generously matched dollar-for-dollar donations up to $100,000 at our Double Impact fundraiser. It was such a huge boost. It’s also been great to have some of their team volunteer their time at recent events, including a very successful log-splitting day.”
“The support from Kennards Hire, and their inspiration through their strong values, makes us even more determined to find better outcomes for our young people. It is truly unbelievable. Thank you”
Gary Diprose, Managing Director
KidsXpress is a specialist trauma focused organisation providing Expressive Therapy Programs and Trauma-Informed Education Services. A registered charity, KidsXpress was established in 2006 to address the lack of services available to support children who were living with the effects of childhood trauma.
Through the delivery of nationally accredited and evidence-based therapy and education services, KidsXpress is leading the way in early-intervention services by protecting children from the insidious and cumulative effects of toxic stress – and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
“There is no greater support one can receive than unwavering belief, in the good times and in the toughest. Belief we are worthy, belief in who we are as people and the tangible difference we strive to make to the most vulnerable.
“Kennards Hire has partnered with KidsXpress over many years. To me this has been the greatest gift. Establishing a strong and meaningful relationship through our values, created a deep cornerstone in our growth. I am immensely proud to say KidsXpress is supported by The Kennards Hire Foundation and that together we are creating a future our kids deserve.”
Margo Ward, CEO
The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust work at the intersection of two monumental issues for Australia – the vast and unique environment, and the hopes, dreams and place of the First Australians.
The Trust works with local Indigenous land management organisations to incubate compelling projects, and then partners with some of Australia’s leading philanthropists to bring them to reality.
The Kennards Hire Foundation, through the Karrkad Kanjdji Trust supports the Nawarddeken Academy, a unique bicultural school in the remote Indigenous outstation of Kabulwarnamyo in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area. The Nawarddeken Academy has an 85% attendance rate and has enabled 19 Warddeken Land management Rangers jobs to be retained or created.
“It is a true pleasure to work with the Kennards Hire Foundation. Their transformational level of support has enabled the Nawarddeken Academy primary school to work towards long-term financial sustainability and the growth of this unique model to other remote communities. Without their support and thoughtful approach to philanthropy, this work simply would not be possible.”
Bjorn Everts, CEO
BackTrack is a not-for-profit organisation that enables young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work ready and secure meaningful employment.
BackTrack offers a lifeline for many kids (aged mostly between 12-19 years) who would otherwise fall through the cracks of society. With BackTrack's support, these youth get 'back on track' and become happy, healthy and positive participants in the local community.
The support from the Kennards Family Foundation to BackTrack has included funding and the provision of equipment such as trailers, chainsaws, welders and more. This equipment has been instrumental in providing training and work experience opportunities to BackTrack's young people, enabling them to not only develop aspirations to work, but to have the experience to gain employment in the local trade and Agricultural sectors.
“For the past 70 years Kennards Hire have operated as a family business. Their philosophies have made BackTrack kids and staff feel part of that family. Their Fair Dinkum approach to giving back to some of the most disadvantaged kids in our communities is to be applauded.”
Bernie Shakeshaft, Founder & CEO
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is a private (non-profit) organisation that protects endangered wildlife across more than 4.65 million hectares, in iconic places such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End.
Guided by world-class science, AWC’s practical approach to land management is generating exciting outcomes for Australia’s threatened wildlife, like the Numbat population which has increased by 350% under AWC’s management.
“AWC greatly appreciates the generous support of the Kennard Hire Foundation which comes at a critical moment in our battle to save Australia’s threatened wildlife.
“With their help, we are developing and operationalising an exciting new model for conservation – one that delivers an exceptional return on investment and is capable of reversing the sharp decline in Australia’s natural capital. This gift will save threatened wildlife where it counts – in the field!”
Bush Heritage Australia
The Australian bush is a place of outback wonders and rugged beauty. Bush Heritage buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people, to protect Australia’s irreplaceable landscapes and magnificent native species forever.
The support from the Kennards Hire Foundation will directly improve the health of the Australian bush, allowing Bush Heritage to protect almost 6,000 native species across our reserves. The donation will be spent entirely in Australia, fighting threats to our environment such as wildfires, climate change, feral predators, invasive weeds and restoring waterways.
“Kennards Hire is a trusted Australian brand whose community values are strongly aligned with those of Bush Heritage. Their commitment to protecting the environment as a legacy for the next generation mirrors our vision of a Healthy Country, protected forever. Their generous support will ensure that our irreplaceable Australian landscapes and magnificent native species will continue to thrive well into the future.”
Gerard O’Neill, Chief Executive, Bush Heritage Australia
Stepping Stone House
For almost 30 years, Stepping Stone House (SSH) has provided accommodation and personal development to young people experiencing homelessness or who are unable to live with their families. With 38% of Australia's homeless population under the age of 25, SSH’s aim is to empower the individual to achieve responsible independence.
Through educational development, adventure programs, community voluneering, mentoring and counselling, SSH equips young people aged 12 – 24 years with the self-care and life skills they need to become independent and succeed in life long-term.
“Kennards Hire has been a valuable supporter of our programs for almost 30 years. Their support has extended to supporting fundraising events, loaning equipment and providing resources to build additional houses. They have also helped pay the education costs for some of our youth.
“Their support has enabled us to help over 450 disadvantaged youth to complete their education, secure employment and live independently.”
Jason Juretic, Chief Executive Officer
Taronga Conservation Society Australia (Taronga) is a not-for-profit organisation, caring for wildlife and creating transformational experiences that inspire guests and the broader community to become champions for wildlife. Taronga participates in regional and global conservation programs and is home to Australia’s largest conservation Science team, carrying out world-class research.
The Kennard Family and Kennards Hire business have been involved with the Taronga Foundation for many years. From supporting innovative programs that empower young people living near habitat wildlife hotspots to take action and become wildlife ambassadors, to supporting the Tasmanian Devil Insurance Breeding Program when the species were first identified as in crisis. Kennards Hire were also instrumental in the success of Taronga’s Wild!Rhino fundraiser where Kennards Hire employees went above and beyond to deliver almost life-sized Rhino sculptures all over greater Sydney!
“As Taronga works to address wildlife and conservation issues, build on our Indigenous youth programs, develop rigorous community conservation strategies and work to inspire the next generations of thinker, we are grateful to the Kennards Hire Foundation for their consistent support and meaningful investment in our work.”Stephanie Hart, Senior Relationship Manager
|The Smith Family
The Smith Family supports disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage.
The Learning for Life program provides emotional, practical and financial support to help disadvantaged children and young people with their education. This support increases a young person’s likelihood of remaining engaged with school, completing Year 12 and developing realistic and informed study and career pathways for life beyond the school gate.
“Kennards Hire has partnered with The Smith Family for over 20 years to help support students on the Learning for Life program. Kennards Hire Learning for Life sponsorships ensure that these students have the opportunity to create a better future for themselves, sharing our belief that every child deserves a chance.
“We are so grateful that through our partnership - 40 students undergoing Tertiary studies have access to Learning for Life scholarships to support their education.”
Lucette Harper, Major Donor Manager, ACT/NSW
Dismantle’s flagship program is BikeRescue, where youth workers and Occupational Therapists appear as Bike Mechanics and deliver an Earn-a-Bike program - one bike is restored and donated to charity, to earn a second to keep. Along the way, participants are slowly encouraged to open up about their barriers, explore opportunities and connect to supportive pathways.
Beyond BikeRescue, Dismantle connects young people to social enterprise initiatives that further the soft and hard work-readiness skills and abilities.
“With equipment and financial support from the Kennards Hire Foundation and team, our program has been made available for young people who would otherwise fall through the cracks because they aren’t connected with a school or organisation that can support them.”
Pat Ryan, CEO