Nambour RSL Club donates $51,000!

A GROUP of young netballers have had their sporting dreams come true thanks to a $5000 donation from the Nambour RSL Club.

The Nambour and Districts Netball Association was one of 19 community, sporting, religious and education groups to share in $51,000 at the fifth annual Nambour RSL Club Community Benefits Grant Fund dinner which was held on June 20.

Netball Association president Lynda Dickson said the organisation had been faced with the difficult decision of cancelling participation in the state Sunshine Carnival to be held in Townsville.

“It depended on this grant,’’ she said.

“Because of this grant it will be viable to get these girls to the carnival. We are a small association and the girls do walkathons, chocolate sales and raffles. They are very proactive, but this has been the icing on the cake for them. Basically without the funding the RSL provides for us, we could be in some difficulty.’’

Jocelyn Culpitt of the Nambour Special School P&C Association was also grateful to the Nambour RSL Club for a grant.

The school will now be able to purchase furniture for a new ICT lab as a result of the $5000 donation.

“We can’t do without support such as this and it will go a long way to make a huge difference to purchasing equipment,’’ Ms Culpitt said.

“We are very grateful for the support the Nambour RSL Club gives us.’’

RSL Services & Citizens Club Nambour general manager Suzanne Long said the club was proud to play an integral role in the local community.

“As a club we pride ourselves on our unique Community Benefits Grant Fund,’’ Ms Long said.

“This is one way we give back to the local community. Many people might not be aware of the contribution we make and in recent years our club has injected more than $1.6 million through grants, sponsorships and donations.’’

Ms Long said the organisation would continue to grow its community-support program and was able to do so thanks to the support the community itself gave the club.

“Our club has provided financial support to a wide range of groups including the SES, Scouts, schools and every type of sport you could think of. We made a decision, as an organisation, to do what we can for the betterment of the Nambour community. We all live and work in this region and together should have Nambour’s best interests at heart.’’

Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington, who attended the event, congratulated the club for again supporting the community through the grants program.

“Over recent years our RSL Club has supported many of our local community groups and provided over $1.6million in assistance,’’ he said.

“I know that many groups would not be where they are today without this support.  On behalf of our community we say a heartfelt thank you for caring for our community.’’

The 19 recipients:

  • Sunshine Coast Darts Club – $980
  • Mapleton Primary P&C Association – $1980
  • Nambour and District Historical Museum Association Inc – $1500
  • Mapleton Community Library – $1740
  • Nambour Rugby League Club – $2400
  • Palmwoods State School P&C Association – $5000
  • Burnside State High School P&C – $5000
  • Woombye Community Library – $2000
  • Bli Bli Public Hall and Community Association – $2500
  • Uniting Church – $2866
  • Palmwoods Warriors Football Club – $5000
  • Genealogy Sunshine Coast – $1470
  • Sunshine Valley Men’s Shed – $3420
  • Nambour Special School P&C – $5000
  • Nambour Community Gardens – $636
  • Suncoast Care – $2500
  • Nambour and Districts Netball Association – $5000
  • Sunshine Coast Children’s Therapy Centre – $946
  • Modern Language Teachers Association Sunshine Coast – $1090

Community Benefits Grant Fund Dinner 2013