Two charities working with some of Australia’s most vulnerable groups have received contributions from MAX Solutions’ charitable arm, the MAX Foundation.
Purple House, which provides vital transport and respite care for remote Indigenous dialysis patients and Youngcare, which provides disability housing for young Australians with high care needs, will each receive $5,000.
Every dollar contributed to the MAX Foundation by employees is matched by MAX Solutions, making contributions go further.
MAX Managing Director Deborah Homewood said thanks to the generosity of MAX employees, the company was able to give back to people in the community.
“Through the MAX Foundation, we support the growth of social enterprises that are making a real difference in the communities we serve,” Ms Homewood said.
“They provide a safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Purple House is an Indigenous-owned bush dialysis clinic operating from a base in Alice Springs.
“Remote Indigenous Australians are up to 30 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than non-Indigenous Australians,” Ms Homewood said.
“When patients need to be in Alice Springs or Darwin for treatment, communities are left without elder leadership, and cultural links are weakened.
“Patients can suffer from isolation and depression being restricted by a dialysis machine for long periods of time.
“Purple House offers a sanctuary and offers a ‘home away from home’ for many patients.
“Similarly, Youngcare works hard to ensure young Australians with high physical care needs can maintain their independence and dignity, and helps people find specialist disability accommodation.”
Chief Executive Officer of Purple House, Sarah Brown said: “Our directors and patients are always thrilled when people hear our story and want to help. We’d like to thank the MAX Foundation whole-heartedly for their generous support.
Chief Executive Officer of Youngcare Anthony Ryan said there is currently a critical shortage of age-appropriate housing for young people living with disability.
“There are more than 12,000 young people with disability being left behind in institutionalised housing – places like aged care – simply because they have no other option,” Mr Ryan said.
“This is not good enough and it’s only with the support of the community and socially conscious organisations like the MAX Foundation that we can make a difference to their lives.
“Our passion is to give these young Australians choice in where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives. It’s humbling to have the support of the MAX Foundation behind us, and to work with a team who share this passion, to give young people the freedom and choice that we all deserve.”