Once again we have to thank all our amazing local organisations, groups, projects and teams for participating in our Community Grants applications. We received over 85 eligible applications from all across the Northern Rivers and together they promoted their causes to the public, attracting over 6,000 in-branch and online votes.Each applicant has their own unique missions to improve our communities in one way or another, from educating and supporting our children to saving lives and fighting the good fight on sustainability issues. Whilst there are so many deserving causes, we had to decide on three to receive this year's Community Grants based on the strength of their applications and an ability to show community support.
Fergus and Delilah
Author Erin Knutt and Illustrator Misa Alexander along with an Auslan Interpreter, will be using the children's book 'Fergus & Delilah' to teach about differences, disabilities and diversity to students of local primary schools. Children will be encouraged to think about the different people they know in their lives, what makes them different, what makes them special. The session will have students thinking (and dancing) differently, brainstorming about disability and working together to create stories and pictures of inclusion and belonging for all children. Schools will receive a copy of the Fergus & Delilah book along with teaching resources, a Fergus Doll and Inclusion diary to use to promote inclusion.
Tweed District Rescue Squad
Tweed District Rescue Squad (TDRS) has seen a significant increase in rescues from Mt Wollumbin since the 2017 floods. The track has degraded in such a way that many climbers are suffering leg, and ankle related trauma. TDRS will be using their Community Grant to buy a Ferno Mule, which will allow their crew to wheel patients off the mountain.
Ballina Public School
1 in 7 students in Australia arrives at school without breakfast. There's more than 50 years of scientific evidence supporting the role of breakfast and better brain function in children, with the latest science linking breakfast with improved numeracy and literacy skills. The Ballina Public School Breakfast Club provides breakfast to between 50-100 students every weekday of term with many of their students coming from low income families, including families currently residing in temporary accommodation. Alongside other local donations, their Community Grant will enable the Breakfast Club to provide food for the next two years.
Once again thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Community Grants and we look forward to seeing next year's applicants.