Grants boost lo­cal groups

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Com­mu­nity groups in the Pil­bara have un­til Septem­ber 25 to ap­ply for up to $2000 in fund­ing from the latest round of Eastern­well grants.

Eastern­well ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Tim Phelan said the pro­gram was de­vel­oped to pro­vide much-needed sup­port to lo­cal grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“There are count­less com­mu­nity groups, clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions in our op­er­at­ing ar­eas who pro­vide im­por­tant ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Eastern­well is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing the re­gions where we con­duct busi­ness and our grants pro­gram is one of the ways we are cre­at­ing last­ing ben­e­fits for com­mu­nity mem­bers who count on the vi­tal sup­port of these or­gan­i­sa­tions in their day-to-day lives.”

Rose Now­ers Early Learn­ing Cen­tre man­ager Cyn­thia Dor­nelles said the grant was help­ing the cen­tre pro­vide much-needed den­tal care ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have been able to pur­chase re­sources to de­liver ped­a­gog­i­cal and play­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­pose chil­dren to healthy eat­ing and ef­fec­tive den­tal hy­giene prac­tises,” she said.

“Through play­ful ed­u­ca­tion, we be­lieve we can em­power them to make in­formed healthy eat­ing and den­tal hy­giene choices.

“Our ‘Go­ing the Ex­tra Smile’ pro­gram will ben­e­fit the chil­dren and fam­i­lies for years to come and it’s with thanks to the Eastern­well com­mu­nity grant that it has hap­pened.”

Stacey Robin­son from the Nin­tirri Cen­tre said the funds they re­ceived would be used to pur­chase a spe­cialised med­i­cal ta­ble for the Com­mu­nity Health and Well­be­ing Cen­tre.

“As a not-for-profit, the sup­port of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Eastern­well is es­sen­tial to our ca­pac­ity to pro­vide best-prac­tice ser­vice de­liv­ery to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“It has en­abled us to pur­chase new equip­ment cru­cial to the Com­mu­nity Health and Well­be­ing ser­vice.”

Since launch­ing the pro­gram in 2011, more than $53,000 has been granted to 33 groups in the Pil­bara re­gion.

Pic­ture: Eastern­well

Nin­tirri Cen­tre women’s health pro­mo­tion nurse Stacey Robin­son.

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