Grants help community groups ‘thrive’


Happy customers: Chairman Vin Cheers, Red Hill CFA Captain Darrel Setter, and Red Hill CFA secretary Joanne Tyrrell accept a cheque for $25,000 from the Bendigo Community Bank branches. Picture: Supplied

RED Hill Fire Brigade was a big winner at the Bendigo Bank’s grants and sponsorship evening, Tuesday 29 October.

It received the largest donation: $25,000, which will allow it to provide room for a new type of tanker.

On the night about 60 community groups received more than $250,000 between them from the Rye, Rosebud and Dromana Community bank branches. This second of the twice yearly grants and sponsorship evenings follows the first in May when $227,000 was shared among 50 groups.

Grants and sponsorships were delivered to a diverse range of community groups, including sports, arts, environment and health and wellbeing.

The Carolyn Chisholm Foundation received $10,000 for education and training programs covering tuition fees, in-class material, text books, uniforms and equipment.

Boneo Primary School received $17,885 to buy computers and McCrae Yacht Club received $25,000 for a program aimed at getting young people into sailing and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Community Bank chairman Vin Cheers, said: “It really is an incredible achievement we are only able to make thanks to the continued support of people like you who choose to bank with us. We simply couldn’t do it without you.”

Rye, Rosebud and Dromana Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank are committed to helping develop a thriving community, and give most of their profits back to the community, he said.

Director Steve Robin added: “We know that to ‘thrive’ our community requires financial support, but it is so much more than that. We are committed to working with local groups and council to develop wellbeing solutions for a happy and healthy community.”

Applications for the next round of grants and sponsorship will open in March with a presentation night planned for May.

Details: See the bank’s website.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 November 2019


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