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Gai Brodtmann congratulates Canberra's heroes

Federal Member for Canberra Ms Gai Brodtmann MP today congratulated the first round of winners of the ‘100 Heroes’ Community Grants.

Ms Brodtmann was at the Calwell Community Bank today to announce the first 25 winners of the grants.

“This is a wonderful initiative that recognises individuals and organisations who work so hard to make our community a better place – the unsung heroes,” Ms Brodtmann said.

Run by the Calwell, Curtin, Jerrabomberra, and Wanniassa Community Bank branches, the ‘100 Heroes’ campaign coincides with the bank’s 10th Anniversary and Canberra’s Centenary. Local residents were invited to nominate their favourite community group to receive $1000—with a total of $100,000 available for 100 organisations.

“The projects funded by these grants will make a significant contribution to improving the lives of Canberrans in a variety of ways.

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate our Centenary, and I look forward to seeing the positive results of these grants in the coming months and years.” 

Funded Projects:

  1. Salvation Army - To purchase crafts for kids’ activities in the Mainly Music program.
  2. Able Australia - To assist with the installation of remote door openers to allow people with wheelchairs to access their homes.
  3. ACT Chinese Australian Association - This grant will assist the ACT Chinese Australian Association who, in their 25th year, intend to hold a series of basic Tai Chi classes for its Senior members.
  4. ACT Volunteer Brigades Association - For the production of Wattle Day badges, which will be sold to fund a training program that focuses on raising awareness of support of those with mental health issues.
  5. Australian Railway Historical Society - To install fences around the Society’s Museum in Kingston, so as to prevent members of the public being harmed by moving locomotives.
  6. Breast Friends Canberra Friendship Group - Activities for a young woman with cancer who cannot afford such luxuries, as she spends all her money on medical costs.
  7. Brindabella Blues Soccer Club - To purchase new jerseys and training equipment for this Tuggeranong-based soccer club.
  8. Calwell Early Childhood  Centre - The building of a new sustainable “Natural Environment” outdoor area, which will be used to teach the children about preserving natural resources.
  9. Calwell Swans Junior Football Club  -The purchase of training equipment for this local AFL team such as ground marker cones, temporary goal posts, team bibs and balls.
  10. Diabetes ACT - To assist with running the World Diabetes Day event on 14 November 2013, to raise awareness of Diabetes in the ACT, where over 14,000 people live with diabetes.
  11. Diversity ACT - To assist with the Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgendered and Intersex community with running a course with Lizzie Wagner on bettering themselves for job employment.
  12. Friends of Brain Injured Children - To help with FBIC workshops, which help to further educate brain injured children.
  13. Habitat for Humanity ACT & Region - Is part of the “Brush with Kindness” program to assist a very low-income family with special needs to stay in their own home and improve living and safety conditions within their home.
  14. Kairos Outside - Will help to run the Kairos Outside annual weekend program for women impacted by someone close to them being in prison.
  15. Kulture Break - To assist in funding the Man Up and Ladies First Programs. Both are dance mentoring programs that are aimed at risk prevention and re-engagement for young males, as well as confronting challenging social and self-image issues for young women.
  16. Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club - To assist in the purchase of a new motor for the Rowing Clubs new safety boat.
  17. Luke Carmichael Exercise Group - To purchase group equipment for a free class for families, helping them create positive role models for children.
  18. Missing School - To make the “Keeping Seriously Sick Kids Connected” event possible, which seeks to raise awareness for the educational needs of kids with serious medical conditions.
  19. Olivia Lambert Foundation - For the Dance4Olivia 24 hour dance-a-thon, which raises funds to provide families with financial assistance due to the impact of having a child with cancer.
  20. Project Independence - To assist in the payment of costs associated with Project Independence being registered as a community housing project, which helps those with disabilities live independently.
  21. St Francis of Assisi Primary School - To help run the annual St Francis of Assisi Primary School Fete, which last year raised $25,000 to construct a multipurpose sports surface. The funds raised this year will go to updating sports equipment and the school grounds.
  22. St Vincent de Paul Society - To support the Centenary Sleepout, which will be the first Community CEO Sleepout held in conjunction with Communities@Work.
  23. Veterans Corps Incorporated - Funds will be used to hold an Art Show for veterans that use art as a creative outlet for afflictions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Physical War Injuries. The art will be auctioned off to provide funds to support rehabilitation programs for veterans in the ACT region.
  24. Valley FM - To assist in the development of the radio station to allow for webstreaming of programs.
  25. Wattle Day Association - To assist in fundraising for the Volunteer Bushfire fighters of the ACT for much needed equipment, training and support.