IN celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Glenorchy Community Fund (GCF) has this year awarded $22,800 in grants to eight community organisations, announced at the awards dinner at KGV recently.
This round of grants brings the total to more than $100,000 awarded to local projects since the Fund began.
“Each year as the Fund grows, the amount we can give away also grows,” GCF chair Adriana Taylor said.
“The money raised comes from fundraising efforts like the dinner, barbecues, raffles, as well as donations from local businesses and individuals.”
Corporate donors this year were Blundstone, Hazell Bros, the Glenorchy City Council and Mckay Timbers.
“The Fund is very proud of this example of the City of Glenorchy community extending a helping hand to each other,” Ms Taylor said.
“Everyone who supports our fundraising helps to raise the money, which is then put back into local projects that any community organisation can apply for.”
This year’s grants went to a variety of community groups.
This included Claremont College to enhance its breakfast program; the Claremont Flower Show group for signage; the Glenorchy Girl Guides to establish a sustainable garden; the Glenorchy Lions to renovate its clubrooms; the Tasmanian Bus and Coach Co to restore a heritage bus; the Derwent Valley Concert Band to assist in conducting a weekend music school in Glenorchy; Goodwood Primary School for new books for their new library; and Glenorchy Community Care for a fridge to keep fresh the food they distribute each week.
At the awards dinner, entertainment was provided by music students from Claremont College, as they have done each year since GCF began.
“We applaud their contribution,” Ms Taylor said.
“Deep Image entertained us with dancing music during the evening and John McGregor, our enthusiastic and capable auctioneer, helped us raise money from the generous donations made to our auction.
“The board and volunteers want to thank everyone who contributed to the dinner in so many small and large ways.
“We look forward to seeing the grants well spent on building up our community.”
Caption: From left, Georgia Ross (Goodwood Primary), Bill Jarvis (Claremont College), Neil Harwood (Claremont Flower Show), Jessica Taylor (Derwent Valley Concert Band), Amanda Moate (Glenorchy Lions), Mark Dunsby (Tas Bus and Coach), Neil Robbins (Glenorchy Cares) and Hannah Jennings (Glenorchy Guides) with Glenorchy Community Fund chair Adriana Taylor.