Support Westpac Foundation and join the 200 Club presented by Westpac. With only 200 places available, your entry fee secures you a spot as a 200 Club runner at this year’s City2Surf and will go towards supporting Australian not-for-profit organisations.
200 Club runners will get a personalised race bib, a limited edition 200 Club race medal, 200 Club race singlet, a pair of SKINS DNAmic full length tights (valued at $149.99) plus a finisher’s photo, iTaB & SMS. For each entry purchased, Westpac will donate $75 to Westpac Foundation. 200 Club runners will have access to the food, coffee and physios in the Westpac Start Village and then a chance to refuel, rehydrate and relax in the Westpac Red Zone at the end of the 14km run. Offer on sale until Wednesday, July 26, 2017. For some frequently asked questions, please click here.
Who will you support?
In Westpac’s 200th Year, Westpac Foundation will be awarding 200 Community Grants to local, grassroots organisations via their Community Grants program. To find out more, visit the website.
Flashpoint Labs received a $10,000 Community Grant from the Westpac Foundation. We chatted to Lead Photographer, Tomasz Machnik about the impact the grant has had on the program.
Building confidence for young people - 2016 Westpac Foundation grant recipients Flashpoint Labs
Flashpoint Labs is a Sydney based photography studio which runs photography training programs for young people from diverse backgrounds.
What did receiving the Westpac Foundation community grant mean to Flashpoint Labs?
Receiving the $10,000 Community Grant from Westpac Foundation meant we were able to run a four weekend photography and videography workshop for thirteen young Indigenous creatives. Outside of free education, four of the thirteen have gone on and received paid work experience opportunities through our agency on photography and videography jobs.
Why did you get involved at the Labs?
I came across Flashpoint Labs when I was at a turning point in my professional photographic career and felt that I just wasn't getting enough from the fashion and advertising work that I was shooting. I had been looking for work that had more of a social purpose when I was extremely fortunate to have met the inspiring Mickey Kovari (Flashpoint Lab co-founder) and been offered to take the role of Lead Photographer of the agency.
Since then my role has grown and now in 2017, I am the Director of Flashpoint Labs. I am still very much a contributing photographer but we are growing and have several photographers, producers, and young apprentices all sub contracting for a number of socially mindful corporate and non corporate clients, across Australia.
Can you tell us about one of your most memorable experiences as part of the program?
There are many memorable moments from the program, and I'm so glad a behind the scenes video was made thanks to the Westpac Foundation commissioning (on top of the grant money!) an alumni apprentice to capture all the moments across the four weekends. One of my favourite moments was seeing all the young people shooting portraits of each other. It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of something so special.
How are past participants using what they have learnt from the program in their work and communities?
It isn't just about nurturing young creative professionals, it is much bigger than that. Flashpoint Labs gives young people life skills and helps build confidence to be able to dream bigger and try new things. We are a stepping stone to something a lot bigger in the young people’s lives. Some of our apprentices have already worked with the agency on video and photography jobs. Other young people that haven't been on paid jobs, can now take better photos and make more compelling videos. These skills allow them to tell powerful stories about their journeys which have positive impact on their communities.
What does the future look like for the program?
Now that we ran an incredibly successful program in 2016, we are aiming to run another one in 2017. We hope to reach out to more passionate Indigenous young people and offer them opportunities after the workshops to earn and learn on every job.