2019 Grand Final winners announced

Published on 18 March 2020

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On Friday 6 March 2020, Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program held its annual grand final event – Pitch Night at Sunsuper in Brisbane. Our 2019 grand finalists presented their plans to make a significant and lasting impact in their community and our panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners and runner-ups.

During this difficult and uncertain time, it was an inspiring evening filled with problem solvers and game changers who are dedicated to helping thousands of vulnerable Australians and improving our communities for a more sustainable future.

Three small businesses and three grassroots charities pitched their dream for a better world and explained how a grand final grant would help them make it happen. 

Grand finalist, Earbus Foundation tackle systemic poverty and inequality among Indigenous Australians by providing frontline ear health services to at risk children – some as young as 18 months with chronic ear disease. Co-founder Paul Higginbotham explained how indigenous children have the worst case of ear disease in the world and emphasized, “if you can’t hear, you can’t learn”. It was Paul’s conviction for the cause and the incredible work of the Earbus team that convinced the judging panel that Earbus Foundation should receive first place and a $30,0000 Dreams for a Better World grant to purchase and fit-out an audiology bus for the Pilbara region.

A huge thank you to our judges, Samantha Campbell, CUA, Bronwyn Sheehan, Pyjama Foundation and Bernard Reilly, Sunsuper CEO for asking the tough questions and deciding our winners and runner-ups. 

Congratulations to Thread Together for receiving more than 4,000 public votes and being named the 2019 People's Choice Winner

Our Community grant recipients: 

First place: Earbus Foundation, Pilbara Region WA. Earbus received a $30,000 grant to provide a bespoke audiology bus to remote communities in the Pilbara Region.

People’s Choice Winner + first runner up: Thread Together, Sydney NSW. Thread together received a total of $25,000 in grants to open a clothing hub in Brisbane and provide new clothes to Queenslanders doing it tough. Thread Together rescues end-of-line stock from major retailers, preventing thousands of tonnes of clothing going to landfill, and gets new clothes on to the backs of people in need.

Second runner up: Ability Enterprises, Community Lifestyle Support, Bundaberg QLD. Bundaberg local disability service received a $10,000 grant to help them kickstart their dream for a community café that will train and provide jobs to people with disabilities and barriers to employment.

Small Business grant recipients:

First place: Supertees, Sydney NSW. Supertees received $10,000 to help scale and distribute more ‘supertees’ to assist medical staff and empower sick kids in hospital – check out the innovative hospital garment Jason created here.

Runner up: Hearoes, Brisbane QLD: Hearoes gamified sound learning for people with hearing loss and aims to improve deaf equality worldwide. Elliot Miller was awarded a $5,000 grant to further develop Hearoes and assist hearing impaired people in regional communities.

Runner up: Little Star Bee Sanctuary, Missabotti NSW. The Hayes family received a $5,000 grant to expand their 100 hives in 100 schools program. The program aims to inspire the next generation of bee keepers, whilst increasing the population of native bees in NSW and beyond to regenerate vegetation lost to the bushfires. 

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