The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund is Cairns’ oldest charity. It was established in 1972 by Ted Elliott and other like-minded, well-known local identities. It’s dedicated to financially assisting disadvantaged children and youth, across Far North Queensland. Giving them the opportunity to live a normal life and take advantage of educational and sporting opportunities that become available in their chosen field. The Fund also assists children and youth with any personal, health or educational problems and holds its major scholarship presentations, in late January of each year.
To provide financial assistance to eligible applicants who want to further or continue their tertiary studies, representative sporting participation or to pursue a career in the arts. In addition, we treat each applicant on a strict “merit and means” basis to determine their eligibility for grants or scholarships. Assistance for sporting activities is provided for high achievers at either State or National level in order to qualify.
Disadvantaged and isolated youth achievers from the Far North Queensland region up to 24 years of age. Our service covers the vast area from Cardwell through to Innisfail, Cairns, Tablelands, Port Douglas, Mossman, Cooktown, and north to Thursday Island and west to Normanton. Special Funds have been established to assist youth in particular fields, many are listed on our website.
If anyone would like to discuss the possibility of establishing his or her own fund, please contact the FNQYAF office on (07 4051 6590) or via email and a member of the management committee will be happy to have a confidential discussion.
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