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New VicHealth funding responds to health needs in Bendigo region.

Eleven local organisations in the Bendigo region will share in $85,214.00 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.

Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Axe Creek Cricket Club, Strathfieldsaye Dodgers Baseball Club, Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club, Bendigo East Bowling Club, Bendigo Science and Technology Museum, Golden Square Pool, Golden Square Cricket and Sports Club, Maldon Croquet Club, Chewton Pool and Castlemaine Circus are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to help attract new participants and provide greater opportunities for physical activity.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the funding will support the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Ms Lovell said.

“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of the Bendigo region and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.

“These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in the Bendigo region include:

Bendigo Amateur Soccer League – $10,000 to establish new soccer programs;

Axe Creek Cricket Club – $3,000 to purchase equipment and cover fees and travel costs for players;

Strathfieldsaye Dodgers Baseball Club – $9,300 to purchase new equipment and establish a new website;

Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club – $5,500 to run and new bowls program for secondary students;

Bendigo East Bowling Club – $10,000 to set up new bowling programs for children;

Bendigo Science and Technology Museum – $7,300 to continue their STEAM workshop for 3-5 year-old children;

Golden Square Pool – $22,608 to encourage greater participation by CALD communities and run more programs for young children to re-connect with friends;

Golden Square Cricket and Sports Club – $2,990 to purchase new equipment for players;

Maldon Croquet Club – $2,400 to run weekly programs for primary school students;

Chewton Pool – $9,261 to provide free access to all local 12-18 year olds;

Castlemaine Circus – $2,855 to provide weekly hula hoop classes for women and girls.


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