Charity opens third centre
JOHN Lee’s Christmases have all come at once with government funding paving the way for his charity.
Mr Lee said his charity, You Have a Friend, would be able to open a third outreach centre thanks to a Volunteer Grant from the Federal Government of $4900.
“We did the research and an outreach centre costs $4700 to open so we will be able to do that with the grant,” Mr Lee said.
“We will also be able to pay for fuel, food and utensils for a year.
“The money will keep the outreach centres open for another year.”
You Have a Friend will open an outreach centre at Chinderah and with the government funding Mr Lee said he planned to open a third centre in the new year.
“The third outreach centre will either be at Uki or Pottsville because there are a lot of people in those places who can’t get to Murwillumbah to see us,” Mr Lee said.
“I also fundraised this year to buy a second-hand van because I couldn’t get any grants to help buy it.
“We had been struggling to cope and we sold a lot of chocolate frogs to come up with the money for the van.”
Mr Lee said Rotary Club of Murwillumbah had agreed to sponsor the charity to provide signage on the 11-seater van.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot said organisations would benefit from a pool of volunteer grants totalling $236,834.
“Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are provided to non-profit organisations to support their volunteers and encourage volunteering,” Ms Elliot said.
“For many local volunteer organisations these grants provide the opportunity to purchase new equipment and cover the cost of fuel.”
The Government’s Volunteer Grants for 2009 were given to more than 20 Tweed Shire organisations this year.Groups to earn funds:
Murwillumbah Red Cross $2,000
Tweed Heads Red Cross $2,000
Beachside Church Pottsville $5,000
Blind Citizens Australia, Tweed $3,700
Friends of the Pound Tweed $2,000
Kids In Need Association Banora Point $2,700
Kingscliff Amateur Swimming Club $2,500
Kingscliff District Soccer Club $4,000
Murwillumbah High School Parents and Citizens $4,500
Murwillumbah Netball Association $3,200
Murwillumbah Pony Club $3,000
Murwillumbah Rowing Club $5,000
Quota International of Murwillumbah $2,000
Riding for the Disabled, Murwillumbah $2,000
Rotary Club of Coolangatta/Tweed $5,000
Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South $2,900
South Tweed Colts Cricket Club $4,900
Tennis Terranora $3,000
Wollumbin Bicycle User Group $2,600
Tweed Coast Junior Touch Association $1,500
Tweed Heads SES $4,400
Tweed Heads Soccer Club $2,000