Your vote could up­date candy bar

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE Mans­field Arm­chair Cin­ema is ask­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to get be­hind their ap­pli­ca­tion to re­vamp their Candy Bar, with the win­ner de­pen­dent on the most votes re­ceived.

Bizarrely, the funds are avail­able through an ap­pli­ca­tion process from Whites, which is a fenc­ing com­pany but who have also started a Com­mu­nity Grants pro­gram.

Whites Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Grants are de­signed to make a dif­fer­ence to kids in re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas, and were first opened last year.

This year, 10 grants of up to $4000 will be awarded – nine ap­pli­cants are cho­sen by a judg­ing panel, with the tenth ap­pli­cant cho­sen by pub­lic vote.

“We are ask­ing for $3400 to com­pletely re-vamp our Candy Bar, which was done on a strict bud­get at the be­gin­ning,” MAC man­ager, Karen Oliver, said.

“If suc­cess­ful, the funds will be used to pur­chase new cup­boards and an L-shaped Candy Bar.”

Part of the selec­tion process is for ap­pli­cants to demon­strate how they are as­sist­ing the youth in each com­mu­nity.

The Mans­field Arm­chair Cin­ema cer­tainly ful­fils that re­quire­ment, with a long his­tory of youth em­ploy­ment.

“We em­ploy stu­dents from the Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege, who are with us for two years and at the end they have com­pleted Cer­tifi­cate III in Me­dia through TAFE,” Ms Oliver said.

“More than that, in the two years with us they grow from shy, in­se­cure teenagers into con­fi­dent ma­ture adults.

“Our Candy Bar is t he work­ing and learn­ing space for our stu­dents - up­grad­ing i t means a s a f e r work­ing en­vi­ron­ment with more room and ef­fi­cient work­ing space - not only will t hey s erve cus­tomers here, but i t will be­come a study area for their TAFE the­ory work.”

Al­though t here i s ev­ery chance the MAC will win a grant on its own merit, the team are keen to hedge their bets and are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to vote for them as well.

To cast your Whites Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Grant vote, go to http://wr­com­mu­nity.com.au/.

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