Kindy kids, dancers, crafters, singers, fossickers, card players and Shed members received early Christmas gifts, sharing in $82,838 worth of grants from the State Government’s Gambling Community Benefit fund.
“Buderim Community Groups work so hard for the rest of the community, and it is great to see so many of them rewarded all at once for their efforts. Congratulations to all of the groups who have been successful in Round 97,” State Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg said.
Buderim Kindergarten and Pre-school Association Inc Director Wendy Beale said that their grant of $9,492.95 will replace the existing tired old playhouse and build a Bush Tucker Garden.
“The children will be so excited with their new active play and art spaces. Our Centre is focused on outdoor play-based learning and this grant will transform our environment and enhance our curriculum enormously. Active children are healthy children,” Ms Beale said.
Buderim Craft Cottage Grants Officer Jan Nelson said that a grant of $14,900 will go a long way toward replacing their leaky roof and keeping puddles out of the work room.
Buderim Contract Bridge Club and Calisthenics Buderim will purchase new equipment with their respective grants of $6,766 and $6,380.
“As we know Buderim Foundation is a ‘powerhouse of giving’ and all powerhouses need efficient offices,” Mr Mickelberg said.
“We are so grateful to receive a grant for $3,350 to purchase new office equipment, which will improve our efficiencies enormously so even more time and energy can be focused on serving this amazing community,” said Buderim Foundation Chair, Dr Russell Stitz.
Buderim Male Choir representative Jim Weeks said that their grant of $2,150 will be spent on the purchase of choir risers and will help to make the already popular choir even more professional.
Buderim Men’s Shed scooped the pool with a whopping $35,000 grant to go towards the construction of their new facilities at Kuluin.
“Our Men’s Shed is one of the largest in Australia where more than 290 members enjoy some 20 different activities while talking shoulder to shoulder. The value of having a place to go to feel involved and connected cannot be underestimated,” President Barry Cheales said.
The Sunshine Coast Gem and Fossicking Club is tucked away in Syd Lingard Drive Buderim and is home to members who love silversmithing, faceting and cutting stones. A grant of $4,800 will go towards upgrading the facility, which is home to an annual Gem and Jewellery Fair open to the public.
The next round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund is now open and will close on 30 November 2018. If you would like more information about these or other community grants programs please contact the Buderim Electorate office 5406 2100.