“Life is a circus ring with some moments more spectacular than others” Janusz Korczak, Polish Educator

The business of giving back is our theme for the week.

We know that we do business in Fremantle because it is more than just work. It is the sense of community, creative industries, marine and port activity and the compassionate and passionate group of people that are the driving force for creating a place that attracts so many of us.

Our next Set the Month in Motion podcast will feature the leaders of two local organisations and Chamber members – Fremantle Rotary & Fremantle Foundation and tax experts RSM to talk us through how we can make a difference through our businesses, and contribute the triple bottom line – achieving both financial and social benefits.

There is on organisation that sits on our doorstep that embodies the passionate, quirky and creative spirit of Fremantle. You may be familiar with Circus WA’s stunning performances over the years in the big top, at our Business Awards, the long table dinner, on the streets and at festivals.

What is perhaps less obvious is the social performance tightly embedded in their objectives and mission. CircusWA uses participation in circus arts to promote mental and physical wellbeing and also offers circus performance and participation opportunities to all sectors of society from disadvantaged and disenfranchised young people to adults. This fundamentally Freo organisation, its trainers and performers give back to the community in spades.

As Circus WA has evolved from its beginnings in Customs House to its temporary location in the Big Top in Princess May Park, and the organisation is now gearing up for the next phase. Support for the Circus has been evident from the beginning from all quarters and expressed in time, love (read blood sweat and tears) and sometimes even money! Circus WA has been the grateful recipient of grants from Lotterywest and Healthway in addition to generous support from individuals and families.

This has kept Circus WA alive and able to contribute to the Fremantle and wider communities. The next steps for them involve a change in status to allow donors to provide financial support which they can then claim back as a tax deduction. This also better positions CircusWA to apply for grants to enable a more sustainable future. We look forward to seeing greater synergies with a growing film industry hub and seeing the fulfilment of a local case study in how community giving can help achieve great things.

We will launch our Business Awards 2021 and thank our Corporate Partners of the Chamber at an exclusive and intimate behind the scenes visit to the Circus on June 9th. There are a few limited members tickets available to this by invitation only event if you do wish to see more of this living example of giving back.

It is going to be a big fortnight at the Chamber starting with tonight’s SOLD OUT event at Fremantle Ports to welcome the Ports new CEO and celebrate our local producers. This event will be attended by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Austrade who will tour our City prior to see first hand what a new Fremantle offers in terms of export, product, creative industries and more. This will be followed by our Business Awards Launch event, the Giving Back Set the Month in Motion Forum, and our Local Procurement Trade event.

Read more in this week’s Chamber Weekly.