Com­mu­nity Bank helps lo­cal groups again

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MANS­FIELD Com­mu­nity Bank pre­sented fund­ing grants to­talling $22,800 to var­i­ous l ocal groups l ast week as part of t heir six monthly com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Since its in­cep­tion, the bank, thanks to share­hold­ers and cus­tomers, has awarded $375,000 in grants, of which ev­ery cent has gone into lo­cal com­mu­nity projects.

Bank man­ager Mat Cur­rie pre­sented cer­tifi­cates to nine or­gan­i­sa­tions, plus a com­mu­nity lead­er­ship schol­ar­ship to one lucky in­di­vid­ual.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions and their projects which were suc­cess­ful with their grant ap­pli­ca­tions were Arts Coun­cil Mans­field $3000 for Spring Arts 2015; Mer­ton Land­care Group $1000 for bird nest­ing boxes; A Third Hand $1000 for Mans­field Half Marathon and Fun Run; First Mans­field Scouts $2000 for camp­ing equip­ment; Be­o­lite Vil­lage $5000 for ‘Bridg­ing the Gen­er­a­tions’ Bridge pro­ject to The Farm­house; CWA $5000 seed fund­ing for kitchen up­grade; Mans­field Kinder­garten $500 for Earth Kin­der pro­gram; Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege $ 500 for cy­cle­ol­ogy pro­ject; and Up2Us Land­care Group $600 for Na­tional Tree Plant­ing Day.

An in­di­vid­ual spon­sor­ship of $4200 was also awarded to Re­nee Leary who has un­der­taken the Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, a 10 month pro­gram to pro­mote lead­er­ship in the North East area.

The pro­gram has 25 peo­ple from North East Vic­to­ria who will un­der­take var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties over the 10 month pe­riod, in­clud­ing three re­treat week­ends, skills days, and com­mu­nity learn­ing days.

Re­nee, who is as­sis­tant man­ager at Yooralla in Mans­field, j oined her f el­low par­tic­i­pants for their ini­tial gath­er­ing re­cently at the Lake Hume Re­sort in Al­bury.

Mr Cur­rie said the bank was de­lighted to again sup­port l ocal or­gan­i­sa­tions through the Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank grants pro­gram, and thanked the bank’s cus­tomers and share­hold­ers for their sup­port in mak­ing it pos­si­ble.

PHOTOS: David Mims

COM­MU­NITY SPIRIT: Re­cip­i­ents of fund­ing from the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Bank grants pro­gram gath­ered for the pre­sen­ta­tion of cer­tifi­cates and morn­ing tea last week at the bank, in­clud­ing (from back, left) Graham Irvin, Mike Ir­win, Paul Ap­pleby, Ge­off...

HELP­ING OUT: Mans­field Com­mu­nity Bank man­ager Mat Cur­rie presents Robyn Rat­trayWood, rep­re­sent­ing Mer­ton Land­care Group, with their grant cer­tifi­cate. The Land­care group’s fund­ing will go to­wards a bird nest­ing box pro­ject at the Mer­ton Recre­ation...

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