Annie Johnston on how The Pinnacle foundation help queer youth

Applications for the Pinnacle Foundation’s 2020 scholarships are now open – offering assistance for disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ students between 17 and 26 who need help to pursue tertiary studies.

The organisation helps disadvantages LGBTIQ+ Australians help find their space in the workplace, with mentoring and support programs as well as scholarships.

WA Chair Annie Johnston spoke to RTRFM’s All Things Queer program about the group’s work in Western Australia and their upcoming fundraiser.

Johnston said the foundation had a simple goal to achieve through their scholarship program.

“The vision of the foundation is to empower young Australians to reach their full potential and transforming Australia to a society that we believe to be better.” Johnston said.

The organisation has some high profile Australians who identify as LGBTIQ+ backing their projects including their patron Justice Michael Kirby, ambassador Magda Szubanski and champions like Paul Zahra, Professor Kerryn Phelps and QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce.

Johnston said the scholarships were designed for anyone who has experienced hardship which could cover quite a wide range of challenges people might have faced.

To help fund their activities the group are having a Bingo fundraiser at The Court Hotel and supporters are encouraged to buy tickets and show their support for LGBTIQ youth.

Note: The OUTinPerth team volunteer at RTRFM helping create the weekly radio show. Tune in every Wednesday at 11:00am or listen online

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