Welcome to the May edition of the 2018 Dunstan News. We don't email often so that when we do, you get the full update. 

We're collaborating on a range of projects and events and you can read below for all the news on what's going on right now.

This week we welcome prominent lawyer and activist Noel Pearson to Adelaide to speak at the  Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration. This event will sell out so please book now to avoid missing out.  

You'll find below an update on the Adelaide Zero Project and Connections Week and our efforts to end street homelessness, and we encourage you to save the date for the Don Dunstan Foundation 2018 Homelessness Conference on 8 August.

In June, we welcome our next specialist Thinker in Residence, Guy Turnbull to Adelaide, then Thinker Allyson Hewitt returns in August for her third and final visit.

We've also included an update on some great reads and what else is going on around town. 

If you like what you see, we hope you will consider attending, joining, donating, partnering, volunteering and help us inspire action for a fairer world.

As always we value your feedback on what we are doing so please get in touch!


David Pearson
Executive Director
Don Dunstan Foundation

Noel Pearson: The Uluru Statement from the Heart - One Year On 

Join us to hear one of Australia's most prominent Aboriginal lawyers and activists deliver this year's Lowitja O'Donogue Oration - The Uluru Statement from the Heart, One Year On.

Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, and Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership. Mr Pearson also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council.

Please join us after the Oration for networking drinks.

Tickets will sell out so secure your seat now.

Date: Tues 29 May 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30 pm ACST 
Location: Bonython Hall, Adelaide University, North Terrace
Price: $15 / $10 Members & Concession (includes networking drinks)

Adelaide Zero Project - Connections Week 
14 - 17 May 2018

May has been a big month for the Adelaide Zero Project.

Phase 2 (Implementation) kicked off with Adelaide's first Connections Week, as nearly 200 volunteers connected with people sleeping rough in the inner city. Volunteers engaged with 143 people sleeping rough over three outreach sessions, gathering information that has provided real insights into their needs and circumstances.

The new data has been used to create a By-Name List, to help the sector prioritise and coordinate hou sing and other supports for people sleeping rough in the city as quickly as possible.

Connections Week highlighted the incredible collaboration and dedication from across the sector that is driving the Adelaide Zero Project, with a comradery of volunteers from the Don Dunstan Foundation, Principal Partner, Bendigo Bank, inner city homelessness services, Department for Human Services, City of Adelaide, University of Adelaide and Flinders University. The Hon Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services, also came to show her support during training, outreach and at the Community Briefing.

Flinders University student and Don Dunstan Foundation volunteer, Kidist Amdemariam (pictured second from left), said "Connections Week was a great experience, we really felt like we were directly helping the lives of the homeless."

Thank you to those who supported and participated in Connections Week, including Hutt St Centre and Neami National who helped to prepare volunteers and logistics as well as Mercy Foundation, Bendigo Bank, who also provided the data entry volunteers, and City of Adelaide who helped to fund this important work.

In the coming months, there will be more opportunities to get involved with the Adelaide Zero Project as we launch a charter, business alliance and dashboard to count down to Functional Zero.

To see Connections Week results and find out about the next steps go to the   Adelaide Zero Project  page on the Don Dunstan Foundation Website.

Pictured: Rebecca Esteve, Kidist Amdemariam, Lauren Grant, Renee Jones and Selina Tually

Entries Closing Soon for Our Mob and Our Young Mob 

Our Mob and Our Young Mob 2018 celebrates the vitality of Aboriginal art making across South Australia and are held in the spirit of reconciliation to demonstrate the power of art in bringing people together. 

The Don Dunstan Foundation are passionate about Aboriginal Economic Development and are proud to support an Our Mob emerging artist with a $5,000 cash prize.

Entries close 6 July. 
F ind out more or or enter here

Are you passionate about supporting Aboriginal Economic Development and Aboriginal Artists? Donate today to the Don Dunstan Foundation  Art for Good Fund .

Pictured: Patrick Ikaringanyi Ferguson with some of his wood (punu) carvings which won him the  2017 Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Award

SALA Festival - Opens August 2018

Now in its 20th year, The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art,  celebrating the many talented visual artists in South Australia. 

This year the Don Dunstan Foundation is offering a $2,500 cash award for an artist whose work explores social justice themes which align with the objectives and priorities of the Foundation including homelessness; mental health; migration, including cultural and ethnic diversity; the purpose economy; economic equality; Aboriginal economic empowerment and reconciliation; human rights; or Don Dunstan. 

Entries recently closed and we are really looking forward to seeing what  our talented South Australian artists have created!

You can help us support artists who try to inspire action for a fairer world through their art. Donate today to the Don Dunstan Foundation  Art for Good Fund

Pictured: Chris Orchard, Thrown (Swirl1) Charcoal on paper

Save the Date - 2018 Homelessness Conference | 8 August 2018

Now in it's fifth year, the Don Dunstan Foundation Homelessness Conference is a valuable opportunity to hear from international speakers, and professionals working in the sector in South Australia. Representatives from the  Adelaide Zero Project  will also present on achievements to date as they work towards ending people sleeping rough in the Adelaide CBD by 2020, and next steps. 

Pictured: Mini presentations presenters and delegates at the 2017 Homelessness Conference.

Here's your chance to win great prizes AND donate to the Don Dunstan Foundation at the same time!

Are you feeling lucky? There are 100 great prizes valued at more than $360,000 up for grabs and there are plenty of chances to win.  Buy your tickets today in the People's Choice Community Lottery with the Don Dunstan Foundation keeping 100% from each $2 ticket you buy through our lottery page.

Breakthrough Mental Health Research launches

Mental health is one of The Don Dunstan Foundation's key priorities and we'd like to congratulate Australia's only dedicated mental health research foundation, Breakthrough Mental Health on their efforts to support ground-breaking research that will help to transform the lives of those affected by mental health issues.

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation has stemmed from the Flinders Foundation,  which has a 40-year history of supporting world-leading research and the health needs of its  community within the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University in South Australia.
What we're watching

Rhiannon Elston, SBS World News

Reconciliation Australia

What else is on

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES - National Reconciliation Week.  Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. Sun 27 May -  Sun 3 June, Adelaide & National.  VISIT THE WEBSITE

PUBLIC LECTURE - Homeground Disadvantage. By 2025, as many as 1.7 million Australian households will not have the capacity to pursue home ownership, or rent without government assistance.  Does our housing situation constitute an affordability crisis? What's causing it? And most importantly, what should we be doing about it? Tues 12 June, University of Adelaide. Free Event.  BOOK TICKETS

CONFERENCE - Akolade's 3rd NFP Business Growth and Innovation Forum Join national and international thought leaders from the not-for-profit sector who will share their best practice strategies for ensuring continuous growth and financial sustainability. Tues 19 & Wed 21 June, Sydney. 

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES - Entrepreneurs Week.   Entrepreneurs Week aims to showcase the many support programs available to entrepreneurs in the state, the importance of intrapreneurship in driving innovation, and celebrate success stories from our thriving start-up community. Mon 9 - Fri 13 July.  FIND OUT MORE

FESTIVAL - The Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Thurs 12 - Sun 15 July, Adelaide.

TRAINING - Working with People with Disabilities in Remote and Indigenous Communities. two-day Flinders University workshop to give attendees the skills they need to provide quality care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability, their families and their community. Wed 1 & Thurs 2 August, Flinders University Victoria Square FIND OUT MORE

CONFERENCE - National Homelessness Conference. The Conference will bring together policy makers and practitioners from across Australia to learn, engage and network. Mon 6 & Tues 7 August, Melbourne.  FIND OUT MORE

CONFERENCE - The Better Boards Conference - Customer-centric Governance - Driving Social Impact.  Thurs 9 - Sun 12 August, Adelaide Convention Centre.  FIND OUT MORE

Partnership opportunities available

Align your brand with the Don Dunstan Foundation and communicate with hard-to-reach business, government and policy leaders.  FIND OUT MORE