In addition to supporting the International Women’s Development Agency, Playwriting Australia and - through the Documentary Australia Foundation - films including I Am A Girl, the WeirAnderson Foundation makes contributions to a range of organisations from cultural and scientific to those supporting Sydney’s significantly disadvantaged women and children.
On the cultural front, financial support goes to Bell Shakespeare, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Sydney Film Festival and a major literary prize open to Australian women authors: The Stella Prize.
The WeirAnderson Foundation also contributes to a Garvan Institute project researching the early detection of ovarian cancer through a simple blood test. This project is supported in memory of Deanne’s mother, who passed away from ovarian cancer.
Another organisation to benefit from the foundation is the Sydney Women’s Fund, which focuses on working to improve the lives of women and girls in the greater Sydney metropolitan area.
In 2014, the Foundation also supported the G(irls)20 Summit. Held at the Sydney Opera House, the summit gathered women delegates aged 18 to 21 from each of the G20 countries. During several days of workshops and then the two day summit, these young women debated issues on the G20 agenda from their perspective - ultimately delivering a communique to the Australian Government, which hosted the summit. The G(irls)20 Summit is an exciting opportunity for critical global issues to be examined through a gender lens and from the perspective of those who will inherit the society, the economy and the climate that will be impacted by the actions (or lack thereof), of the G20 leaders.
Top banner photo: The WeirAnderson Foundation supports a Garvan Institute project into ovarian cancer testing headed up by Dr Goli Samimi (left). Photo credit: Alex Craig