Seven local organisations in the Mildura electorate will share in $126,791.00 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.
Advance Sea Lake, Hopetoun Bowls Club, Zoe Support Australia, Three Colours Soccer Club, Robinvale Basketball Association, Southern Mallee Giants Cricket Club and Mildura District Aboriginal Services are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to help locals build better social connections with each other and the community, provide greater opportunities for physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food.
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 Mildura electorate 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 Mildura electorate include:
Advance Sea Lake – $7,900 to establish workshop and employ tutors to help young people with body image, resilience and self-esteem issues;
Hopetoun Bowls Club – $2,994 to purchase new equipment to allow more people to participate in their community bowls program;
Zoe Support Australia – $50,000 to employ a Service Engagement Officer to work with disadvantaged young mothers, building social connections and developing educational and employment goals;
Three Colours Soccer Club – $3,000 to purchase new equipment for a new girls’ soccer team;
Robinvale Basketball Association – $10,000 to run a new junior training program for young people after the COVID lockdowns;
Southern Mallee Giants Cricket Club – $2,897 to purchase equipment for members of a newly established entry-level team;
Mildura District Aboriginal Services – $50,000 to offer new events for young people within their community and create a safe space centred on health and well-being.
For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.
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