Local sporting groups receive $70k of funds
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.