The Personal Development Grant program helps eligible company employees, their partners and dependents achieve various Personal Development goals.
The program aims to provide financial assistance to enable individuals to gain access to personal development opportunities they could otherwise not afford, without making a significant sacrifice.
Holly-Rose Boyer, a dancer and gymnast, has been training and achieving goals with the assistance of the Fairfax Foundation through the Personal Development Grant program. Holly-Rose attends the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Wodonga, Australia’s national youth circus company and also stars in a major role of their touring show. Holly-Rose dances and trains up to 35 hours per week and dreams of joining Cirque du Soleil one day.
“Holly-Rose would not be able to attend the Flying Fruit Fly Circus without the support of the Fairfax Foundation over the years. She is exposed to many opportunities in the development training group and works very hard towards achieving her goals as a performer and dancer,” says Holly-Rose’s dad Jason Boyer.
Matthew, son of Debbie Kent (Border Mail Albury-Wodonga) was born with hearing loss and experienced a sudden onset of vision loss in his late teens. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Matthew turned up to a local come and try cricket day and discovered a hidden talent. He was selected in the Australian Blind Cricket Team only 12 months after taking up the sport. The Foundation provided Matthew with a Personal Development Grant to assist with costs to tour Sri Lanka and India.