THE Montrose Community Dragon Boat Club (MoCo) has benefited from a $11,400 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) that will see it boost its presence in the Derwent Valley community.
Holding regular paddles from Montrose to New Norfolk, MoCo provides its members with an opportunity to increase fitness and paddling skills through competitions, as well as form strong bonds through its social side and participation.
Having expanded to New Norfolk in 2015, the TCF grant will see the club purchase a new storage container.
“The boat in New Norfolk is sitting out in the open, so through the grant we’ll be able to get a storage container to store it in,” MoCo Dragon Boat Club president Ann Collidge said.
“We’ll also be able to store paddles, life jackets, drum, head and tail, so we won’t need to cart equipment up there every time we go.”
Head coach Lisa Reid said the TCF funding would increase the participation of dragon boating in the New Norfolk area.
“The New Norfolk community has been really supportive, so the benefit is that it will make it so much easier to participate and there will be more people on the water,” she said.
“Dragon boating is a nice way to get on the water, get a bit of exercise and provide confidence to people so they can do things they never thought they could do.
“We provide a paddle and a lifejacket – you just need to come along with your water bottle and appropriate clothing and then you’re in the boat.”
The MoCo Dragon Boat Club will host its Purple Paddle event at New Norfolk in March to raise funds for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision in combating bone marrow failure.
The TCF has provided nearly $3 million to 71 projects throughout Tasmania in its latest grant round.
TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the grants would make a positive difference in the lives of many individuals and communities.
“The TCF Board is proud to be able to support so many worthwhile projects and programs in Tasmania through these grants,” she said.
“After distributing our $100 millionth dollar from the Fund earlier in 2019, it is important for us to continue to meet the changing needs of the Tasmanian community, and improving infrastructure is certainly one of those areas.
“The TCF continues to strategically evolve its funding programs to better meet the needs of Tasmanians by focusing on workforce engagement, community wellbeing and community infrastructure.”
The Fund’s next general grant round, round 40, will open on 25 January 2020.
Guidelines and links to application forms will be available on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on phone 6165 8333.
Caption: From left, MoCo Dragon Boat Club member Amanda Cole, head coach Lisa Reid, president Ann Collidge and club members Kerrin Rutherford and Pamela Holloway.