Living in Ravenswood a young athlete and budding football player, Baden is one of the four young people to be awarded with a cash scholarship of $1,750 at the Community Housing Ltd (CHL) Tasmanian Scholarship presentation ceremony at University of Tasmania Stadium.
CHL is a tier one not for profit housing provider managing over 1,100 properties in the northern suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly and is committed to supporting the long-term community development and social inclusion of these suburbs by providing opportunities to advance education, skills building, employment, and general wellbeing.
In its third year, the flagship CHL Scholarship Program will see $10,500 worth of scholarships provided to young adults between 12-18 years of age living in a CHL property in these suburbs.
The scholarship aims to enhance the skills and further the social and professional development of these young people with a view to securing employment in the future.
Out of a total of 10 applications, four applicants were shortlisted by an independent panel of members from local neighbourhood houses, community groups and education facilities.
This year’s scholarship recipients Billy Aust from Ravenswood and Madison Pennicott from Rocherlea were each awarded with $3,500 for pursuing their studies in the field of education and sports.
The remaining funds were equally split between Baden Riley (Ravenswood) and Jaymz Gelston (Rocherlea), a promising 15 year old young artist towards their professional development in sports and arts respectively.
Baden’s referee Mr Zach Taylor believes this opportunity could be “life changing” for Baden as it will allow him to pursue his passion for basketball.
“We recognise the financial barriers that can hinder enrolment into study for the disadvantaged and vulnerable young adults and without the monetary support they often miss out on opportunities and stay in the poverty cycle. We are attempting to change that and results are visible. The kids in these communities have huge potential and aspirations and we want to support them”, says CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington.
To date CHL has handed out $21,000 in Scholarships to seven young adults who are at various stages of their chosen field of education.
The funds for the inaugural year were provided by CHL but the success of the Scholarship Program has attracted contribution from the State Government and the community alike with Premier Hon Will Hodgman’s Cabinet and Cape Hope Foundation providing $3,500 each, former out of his discretionary funding for the second year in a row.
Local community and businesses have also continued their generous support to the program with the Max Buchanan Foundation donating $5,000 towards the cause.
Steve says, “The success of the program speaks for itself with support from the government, local community and businesses growing year on year. The program is now self-sustainable with funds contributed by the community. It’s wonderful to see the community investing in its future through these young people.”
Jaymz dream is to become a professional artist one day and believes this scholarship could enable him to get there. “I love it when people enjoy my art and hopefully one day I can make a living out of it.”
Launceston born sporting legends former Australian Cricket Test Caption Ricky Ponting and World Champion Boxer Daniel Geale are long standing supporters of the program. While Ricky was unable to attend this year, the program received the support of Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney, Brisbane Lions Development Coach Zane Littlejohn.
In a letter Ricky Ponting said, “I’m disappointed that I can’t make it as the Community Housing initiative is close to my heart. It means a great deal to me to have a continuing involvement in something that is so important for the local northern suburbs community.”
Having grown up in the northern suburbs, Daniel Geale said, “It is great to see CHL’s commitment to investing in kids from suburbs like Rocherlea and Ravenswood and providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.”
Thanking all the legendary sportsmen for their incredible support to this scholarship initiative, Steve said, “We are grateful to them for taking time out of their busy schedules to come down especially for this ceremony. CHL is proud to have introduced this initiative which is making a difference in the lives of some of the young people”.
Why did CHL introduce the Scholarship Program for these suburbs?
Historically these suburbs are referred to as low socio economic areas in Launceston with a very high unemployment rate with approximately 60 per cent of all residents over the age of 15 being either unemployed or their employment status is unknown.
CHL is attempting to improve this situation by providing opportunities such as the Scholarship Program.
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Applications Community Review Panel
Zac Taylor, Principle – Ravenswood Primary School ,Nettie Burr – Ravenswood Neighbourhood House , Denise Delphin- Northern Suburbs Community Centre, Debra Hills – Max Buchanan Foundation , Scott Cunningham – Newstead College.