The Anna Wearne Trust was created by Anna's close friends and family in February 1997
after her tragic death in a car accident. Out of disbelief and overwhelming grief over
Anna's death, the idea grew that her spirit must go on.
Anna was only 23 when she died, but despite her young age, she was a woman who had
achieved a great deal. Anna had the exceptional ability to arouse special strength
in the people around her. She was determined to make a difference in the world and
inspired others around her to believe they could too. Anna had a passion for reconciling
injustices great and small. The aim and objectives of the Trust directly reflect Anna's pursuits.
Anna Wearne Trust will, by ensuring funds are provided to appropriate
charitable institutions, create opportunities for young people to reach
their potential, where such potential is hampered due to disadvantage or
- assist young people to
enable the pursuit of educational goals;
- seek ways to advance the
reconciliation of Indigenous people through specific projects or
- support young people to
take on leadership roles that are of benefit to a community;
- facilitate and uphold the
rights of women and support the advancement of and respect for women
in all fields;
- create a network of
non-financial support and encouragement whereby the trust acts as a
bridge between young people and opportunities.
Anna Wearne Trust operates in two different ways:
directly makes grants of up to $500 directly to recipients
It makes recommendations to the Australian Community Foundation (ACF) about the making of grants from the Anna Wearne
Fund, a sub-fund of the ACF. These grants are generally up to $1000
and are made to recipients via charitable entities endorsed as
deductible gift recipients (DGRs). All grants made from the Anna Wearne
Fund are subject to review and approval by the trustees of the ACF.
We thank the ACF for its ongoing support.
The Trust logo was
designed with the notions of reaching out, warmth and love in mind, as they
are all symbols associated with Anna.
The design was created by
Simone Elder, a graphic designer and friend of Anna's. Simone used Anna's
characteristic signature of a heart and her name, in Anna's handwriting.
Anna Wearne Trust Logo
The Koori OT Scheme (KOTS) - The Anna Wearne Trust manages the financial
operations of KOTS, an initiative geared at increasing Indigenous representation
in the Occupational Therapy profession.
If you are interested in helping KOTS out in any way; please contact us at KOTSies2005@gmail.com.