Local community groups bank $20,000

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By Josie Catalfamo

Local community organisations receive $20,000 from the Westpac Foundation Community Grants to continue to drive social change.

St Kilda Police, Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) and Ardoch Youth Foundation have been awarded a combined total of $20,000 from the Westpac Foundation Community Grants in support of their exceptional efforts in improving the lives of youth at risk.

St Kida PCYC has received $10,000 in funding and been recognised for their excellence in Youth development and promoting an air of integration and acceptance through the implement of recreational, sporting, cultural and welfare programs. St Kilda PCYC welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to join and begin their paths to betterment.

Peter Banfield, St Kilda PCYC CEO said, “St Kilda PCYC’s program incorporates a host of fun and interactive games and team building activities, through a safe and supportive environment specifically created for disadvantaged youths. With the help of the Westpac Foundation Community Grant, we can continue to provide an amazing array of exciting and fun opportunities for youth.”

Ardoch Youth Foundation strongly believes that every child’s and young person’s potential is realised through full participation in education, and for this they have been granted $10,000.

Mandy Burns, Ardoch Youth Foundation CEO said, “We are very grateful to the Westpac Foundation for this Community Grant, which will help to break the cycle of disadvantage for students at Monterey Secondary College by improving their engagement in learning, inspiring them through new opportunities, such as LEGO Robotics and connecting them to future work and study pathways.”

As well as the grants, the ogranisations will also receive additional support, which also includes a Westpac Foundation Community Grants Ambassador, mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

In Victoria, the Westpac Foundations has provided $299,657 worth of community grants this year to 32 organisations with innovative ideas to create more unified communities and to create brighter futures for youths. This includes $183,123 in donations from generous Westpac employees and customers. Over the past five years, Westpac Foundation Community Grants have provided more than $828,547 to local Victorian not-for-profit organisations making a visible difference in the community.

Suzanne Wood, Westpac Regional General Manager, Melbourne West said, “We are delighted to present St Kilda PCYC and Ardoch Foundation with Westpac Foundation Community Grants worth a combined total of $20,000. These organisations will now be able to continue their fantastic work in St Kilda, providing much needed support for youth at risk.”

“At a national and local level, we are thrilled to deliver our promise of helping communities to prosper and grow. The annual Westpac Foundation Community Grants program is important to our employees who are proud to be part of an initiative that gives back and recognises the outstanding efforts of groups across the country.”

One hundred community organisations a record $955,000 worth of grants form the Westpac Foundation this year, valued up to $10,000 each.

Since 2012, 369 Community Grants worth over $3.5 million have been invested in projects across Australia that improves the lives’ of those who are disadvantaged; helping to create positive opportunities and create social inclusion.

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