Harbord Diggers to donate almost $40,000 to five local organisations

26 Feb 2016

Harbord Diggers has announced that it will inject almost $40,000 into the local community with five local community organisations set to receive funding as part of the 2015 ClubGRANTS program.

The five successful Harbord Diggers grant recipients are: St Vincent de Paul Freshwater, Cubby House Toy Library, Be Centre Foundation, Sunnyfield and the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club.

These successful Harbord Diggers ClubGRANTS recipients will join 29 other community organisations receiving funding from Mounties Group clubs this year.

Mounties Group President, Kevin Ingram, is delighted with the opportunities that the ClubGRANTS scheme provides clubs in supporting worthy local projects and community causes.

"Mounties Group voluntarily allocates funds through the ClubGRANTS scheme and together with its funding for community events, senior citizens and sporting clubs,  has contributed just under $5.4 million to the community in the last financial year," explained Mr Ingram.

This year Mounties Group is making presentations to 34 community groups representing 41 important projects, with a combined value of more than $590,000," added Mr Ingram.

This year’s Harbord Diggers grant recipients are a diverse group that provide a range of community services to the Northern Beaches community. These organisations provide support within the fields of education, health, disadvantaged and vulnerable families, children, community safety and people with a disability.

Dale Hunt, General Manager of Harbord Diggers said, "We are thrilled to support our local Northern Beaches community through the NSW ClubGRANTS program.

"The Diggers is committed to playing a positive role within the community and is pleased to be able to allocate funding which improves lives and makes a real difference to locals across the region.

"This year we have increased our grant funding by almost $3,000, providing nearly $40,000 to fantastic local initiatives and groups. We are excited by the prospect of our contribution to worthy community groups increasing even further following our club’s redevelopment, which will commence in the coming months," continued Mr Hunt.

The grants provided to these community organisations will be put toward a variety of projects and activities including the purchase of IRB support and lifesaving equipment, food vouchers and white goods for disadvantaged families and new sensory equipment and furniture for a residential support house.

"The Diggers funding will allow the Cubby House Toy Library to purchase more toys and equipment, in addition to contributing to their early intervention children development program and volunteer resources," Mr Hunt explained.

"Funding granted to the Be Centre Foundation will provide three of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the local community to access vital therapeutic services.

"Other funding will support the St Vincent de Paul Freshwater Conference group who has identified an urgent need to support disadvantaged families in the local region through assistance with emergency accommodation, payment of essential services, food vouchers and white goods." 

Harbord Diggers, together with sister club Mounties in Mt Pritchard, will be holding a special presentation to present these organisations with their grant funding.

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