27 June 2013

$500,000 to community projects from IMB

| Barcham
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Yvette Berry today welcomed the $500,000 worth of support IMB Building Society’s Community Foundation have awarded several Australian not-for-profit projects, ten of which are based in the ACT and Goulburn region.

“Since its inception, the IMB Community Foundation has granted more than $6.6 million to support around 400 projects throughout our local communities,” Ms Berry said.

“The ACT Government commends the efforts of IMB in providing invaluable support to ACT and Goulburn community organisations.

“From the 51 worthwhile recipients, ten are local community groups that will be sharing in the funding in a range of worthy projects” Ms Berry said.

The recipients from ACT and Goulburn are:

Canberra Model Railway Club Inc., Facilitating Community Interaction – Funds will be used to set up the transportability of Model Railway Layouts, promote education of the history and heritage of rail, assist with exhibitions at major events and provide skills development and interaction with community groups.

Community Programs Association, Recyclery – Funds will be used to expand the existing not-for-profit Recyclery organisation which currently employs nine volunteers who provide cheap, refurbished bikes for students and the community. Funds will increase employment opportunities for students and the disabled and provide further training and skill development opportunities.

Federation of Chinese Community of Canberra Inc., Celebration of 20 Years Contribution to the Community – In celebrating 20 years within the community, funds will be used to assist with publishing a book and various events throughout the year aiming to encourage youth participation and enhance multiculturalism and Chinese culture within the ACT community.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Repair and Upgrade Belmore Park Rotunda – Funds will be used to complete a ‘heritage’ renovation of Belmore Park Rotunda, including the restoration of the original-designed steel lacework and flooring.

Nichole Overall, City of Champions – Funds will be used to assist with the production of a written and pictorial social history of Queanbeyan in celebration of the regions 175 and contribution to the region, provide valuable history and heritage reference and include local famous identities. anniversary. The project will highlight Queanbeyan’s significance and contribution to the region, provide valuable history and heritage reference and include local famous identities.

Rotary Club of Canberra, RYDA – Youth Safety Awareness – Funds will be used to support young-driver road-safety awareness programmes and workshops throughout ACT high schools.

Rotary Club of Goulburn, U-Turn-The-Wheel – Funds will be used to hold a series of intensive classes, courses and workshops in driver training for high school students. The courses will emphasise road safety awareness and use high-profile, experience facilitators.

Scout Association of Australia – Birralee Scout Group, Enhancement of Scout Hall Facilities – Funds will be used to construct a shed beside Birralee Scout Hall in order to create more space for the conversion of the Venturer Den, enable greater public use of the hall and provide additional storage for Birralee Scouts.

SOS-Canberra, Supporting Our Sisters – Funds will be used to increase the capacity of the SOS program aiming to help young women discontinue weekly sessions of intoxication, reduce incidence of assault and empower young women to start their own community projects.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute – Funds will enable a fully mobile ‘Health Check Booth’ to travel to IMB branch locations and test up to 1,000 participants for blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and immediately advise participants of their health status in regard to these issues.

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