Lo­cal sport­ing groups re­ceive $70k of funds

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times. com.au

WHIT­SUN­DAY sport­ing groups and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions af­fected by Cy­clone Deb­bie had a big rea­son to smile on Thurs­day.

At a com­mu­nity break­fast hosted by Mantra Club Croc, Tel­stra area gen­eral man­ager Rachel Cliffe an­nounced $70,000 of fund­ing to be shared be­tween seven groups.

Ms Cliffe said it was just one part of Tel­stra’s on­go­ing sup­port of the re­gion as it re­cov­ers from Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“There has been con­sid­er­able work done in the past two months to re­pair in­fra­struc­ture and es­sen­tial ser­vices across the re­gion, in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties to get back on their feet,” she said.

“Sport and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions help bind and en­er­gise lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and this fund­ing is de­signed to pro­vide them with a much needed boost.”

Among the or­gan­i­sa­tions to ben­e­fit are the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles AFL Club, Whit­sun­day Net­ball Club, Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club, Proser­pine Taipans Soc­cer Club, Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Rugby League Club, Bowen Seag­ulls Rugby League Club and Bowen Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, which will split $35,000 of fund­ing for sport­ing equip­ment.

Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club man­ager An­thony No­bilia said the fund­ing ex­pe­dited the ef­forts made to get or­gan­i­sa­tions back and play­ing.

“It’s a small amount of money to (Tel­stra) but it’s a huge amount of money for us be­cause it puts peo­ple back on the fields, it brings nor­mal­ity back sooner to the com­mu­nity and it’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to know th­ese sport­ing clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions are back up and run­ning,” he said.

“The money will go to­wards much-needed equip­ment, soc­cer goals; we need our lawns mowed, new shirts and new soc­cer balls be­cause a lot of them got dam­aged.”

An­other pro­gram by Tel­stra will give lo­cals the chance to vote on where the re­main­ing $35,000 of fund­ing goes. Res­i­dents can visit the Tel­stra Whit­sun­days store to vote for the group they think de­serves the most, with Men’s Shed, Eco Barge and Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Sail­ing Club all in the run­ning. The club with the most votes will re­ceive $10,000, the sec­ond $6000 and the third $4000. Vot­ing will run un­til Sun­day.

Res­i­dents do not need to make a pur­chase to vote.

“The more votes each group re­ceives, the greater pro­por­tion of fund­ing it will re­ceive from the to­tal pool of funds,” Ms Cliffe said.

BIG SMILES: Op­er­a­tions man­ager at Tel­stra Ryan Lang­ford, Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Rugby League’s Kym His­cox and Leanne Hoff­man, Proser­pine Taipans Ju­nior Soc­cer Club’s Peter Eve and Car­men Hill, Tel­stra area gen­eral man­ager Rachel Cliffe, Tel­stra com­mu­nity en­gage­ment spe­cial­ist Josh Favari, Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles’ Cabe Ay­ton, Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s An­thony No­bilia and Steve Tween, Whit­sun­day Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Liz Youd and Shan­non Lor­raway and Tel­stra Whit­sun­days’ Sue Strid­iron at Mantra Club Croc.

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