Nambour RSL Celebrates 10 Years of Community Grants
Now in its 10th year, the Nambour RSL Services and Citizens Club Inc., last night generously donated over $48,000 to 13 community groups as part of their Community Benefits Grants program. The recipients represented an enormous cross section of the Nambour and surrounding community including sports, education, health, welfare and more. Nambour RSL Club has injected more than $3.1 million into the region through sponsorships, donations and grants in recent years.
RSL Services and Citizens Club Nambour General Manager Suzanne Long, President Len Bebbington along with members of the Nambour RSL Board of Directors, Management and honoured guest MP Mr Mart Hunt joined the thirteen community groups receiving grants at the gala dinner event, hosted by Justin Vievers.
‘The Grants night forms just part of a larger year long community program that includes grants, sponsorships and donations. The program we have built over the last 10 years’ is something we are very proud of. Anyone of any age and ability deserves a chance to thrive in community activities and school environments like our recipients this evening, and we are inspired as a club to continue playing a vital role in supporting them,” Club General Manager Suzanne explains.
‘The Nambour RSL Club’s community program has the philosophy that if we work together and play together it is the community that profits. We live by this philosophy and have seen many local organisations continue thanks to our assistance. It is all about growing the future of our community.’
Community Clubs like Nambour RSL Club play a vital role in supporting and sustaining thriving communities.
‘The reality is that if community Clubs like ours didn’t exist then funding for a lot of yearly community activities would simply disappear. There were 40 applications this year totalling $153,639 in funding requests. Unfortunately a large number of groups had to be turned away. They are now out there seeking funding for events and activities that simply won’t happen if they don’t find a sponsor.’
This year’s funding included a donation of $4,140 to the Sunshine Coast Police Citizens Youth Club located in Nambour, who are prolific in the local community, for providing sporting and recreational facilities and activities that facilitate relationships between young people and the police force. ‘Braking the Cycle’ is one of their key programs which assists young people to overcome barriers to attaining their drivers licence through the support of volunteer driving mentors because they do not have access to vehicles or driving supervisors. The grant tonight will provide the opportunity for twelve local young people to be part of the ‘Braking the Cycle’ program.
Another recipient on the night was Nambour Special School who received $5,000 to assist with the purchase of two specially designed transfer chairs for their hydrotherapy pool. With one hundred and fifty one students enrolled the hydrotherapy pool is an important part of student’s curriculum, as it provides the opportunity for physical activity and therapy for students with severe intellectual, physical and multiple disabilities, plus
allows students to improve socialisation and group skills whilst in the pool in a safe manner.
Other groups who received a grant on the night were the Woombye Primary State School P&C to fund much needed upgrades to their sporting fields. Nambour Anglican Parish to assist with providing weekly meals for the Friday Night Feed initiative that provides meals for people who are homeless, or struggling with mental or physical challenges. Sunshine Coast Railway Modeller Society Inc. for a security system to protect their historical locomotives so they can continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors to Nambour.
After many years of continuous and strong community engagement the Club enjoys a positive, strong leadership position in the community having donated more than $3.1 million dollars in recent years.
Additionally, Nambour RSL Club contributes over $3 million in state government tax annually. Of this amount approximately $260,000 is contributed to the local community via the governments community benefits levy, just recently announced.
The Club will continue with their Community Grants benefit program in 2019 with submissions opening soon.
– Nambour RSL Club’s Community Grant Recipients 2018
– Burnside State High School P&C Association $5,000.00
– Nambour Special School $5,000.00
– Mapleton State School P & C Association $5,000.00
– Nambour Anglican Parish – Friday Night Feed $5,000.00
– Woombye Primary States School P&C Association $5,000.00
– Suncoast Care $4,500.00
– United Synergies $4,416.50
– Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association $4,140.00
– 2nd Nambour Scout Group $4,000.00
– Nambour Cricket Club $2,500.00
– Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Society Inc. $2,424.71
– Sunshine Valley Men’s Shed $ 950.00
– Sunshine Coast Darts Club Inc. $ 396.00