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Hampton Rotary Community Grant’s 2019-2020 Program Delivers Benefits To A Range of Local Community Projects

During the year, the Club saw another round of worthy applications for a Hampton Rotary Club Community Grant 2019-2020. These grants are funded through the generosity of local traders who kindly supported our Funky Bunch Trivia night fundraiser combined with donations made by members of the community when entering the Bayside Farmer’s Market and our club sponsor Noel Sussey of Buxton Hampton East.

The articles below outline the results for each of the successful recipients of this past year’s Grants Program.

Hampton Life Saving Club, Starfish Nippers Program

The funding provided was used to purchase the Nippers and their volunteer Mentors with a printed ‘Starfish’ t-shirt. This helps make them identifiable on the beach which is most important particularly on crowded beach days. The Rotary Club of Hampton are very happy to support such a wonderful inclusive community activity such as Starfish Nippers.

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Moorabbin

Once again the Rotary Club of Hampton was able to support RDA Moorabbin with funding for the purchase of feed for their 9 horses. This wonderful group of 100 volunteers provide 100 disabled children, youth and adults annually with the opportunity to safely ride a horse at an affordable price. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Jane Baker of RDA Moorabbin reports that while the riders may not be able to visit, the horses still need to be fed and, as such, she is grateful for the Hampton Rotary’s support. It will be great when we see this up and running again in the knowledge the horses will be well-fed and fit enough to once again support their riders.

The Holland Foundation

It was with pleasure the Rotary Club provided some much-needed funds to assist The Holland Foundation (THF). THF is a bayside volunteer based not-for-profit organization. The core program of THF is a unique retail and office administration training program for unemployed, new arrivals, people with mental health issues/disabilities and those who have little hope of gaining “real world” work experience, let alone paid employment in any sector. The funds helped to provide training manuals, email access and a COVID-safe environment for the clients. Grant Holland, CEO of The Holland Foundation, has reported even during the COVID-19 crisis three of their clients were able to gain employment for which he reports would not have happened without the community support of organisations such as Rotary Club of Hampton.

Olympic Avenue Kindergarten

Funding provided for the purchase of a bike rack encouraging the kindy kids to ride to kinder was provided to Olympic Avenue Kindergarten. Kate Brady from the Kinder reports the pre-schoolers are loving it and one has been heard to say ‘It’s like a cupboard for bikes’. Once again this is an excellent example of community supporting community.

Hampton RSL & Community Centre

Anti-Graffiti Mural Wall in conjunction with Arran Ferguson (Moorabbin Police Proactive Unit) and young offenders undertaking Community Service.

Hampton Hammers Netball Club

Supporting pathways for the development of senior girls as junior netball coaches/sponsoring online leadership courses

Click HERE for details of the Program. 

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