The Alex Race Stelling Fund has been established to honour the memory of Alex, who died suddenly in early-2022 at just 21 years of age. Alex was a keen runner, loved exploring the local bush and travelling throughout Australia and overseas. Alex was also passionate about literature, creative writing and really enjoyed sharing great books with friends.
Alex attended schools in Beechworth, Wangaratta, Wooragee and Alice Springs, and later attended the University of Charleston (WV, USA) and more recently the University of Melbourne. Alex was inspired by so many wonderful teachers during his schooling, with many encouraging his great interest in reading and writing.
To continue to share Alex’s love of reading and writing, The Alex Race Stelling Fund aims to support initiatives by schools and other organisations that nurture and support reading, writing and the humanities more broadly, and leadership among young people. The Fund’s initial focus will be on schools in regional and rural Victoria, as country students do not always have the same opportunities as those in the city.
In May 2023, this included the inaugural Young Writers Day at Cathedral College Wangaratta, attended by more than 50 students and led by guest writer Gabriel Berhomoser.
The Alex Race Stelling Fund is a sub-fund of the Into Our Hands Community Foundation, which is a public charitable foundation. IOHCF is a well-established Foundation managed by a professional team with deep experience of philanthropy.
Donations over $2 are tax-deductible. As a sub fund of Into Our Hands Community Foundation, The Alex Race Stelling Fund can receive donations of cash, property and shares.