Sports gala benefits from funding grant

THE organisers of a weeklong All Ability Sports Gala in Glenorchy are among six recipients of this year’s Glenorchy Community Fund (GCF) grants.

The ParaQuad Association of Tasmania/Physical DisABILITY Sports Tasmania received a $2,700 grant towards running the Gala, which is aimed at people living with a disability in the Glenorchy municipality.

To be held from 7-12 September, the Gala is open to any organisation providing sport and recreation opportunities for people with varying levels of disabilities to increase awareness of available facilities and programs and to encourage participation.

Physical disABILITY Sports coordinator Kevin Faulkner said it was very important to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in physical activity and sport.

“We would like to increase the participation rate of people with disabilities in sport and recreation activities that will improve their outcomes for health and wellbeing,” he said.

“People living with disabilities do not always have the confidence to get involved and they are not sure about what is available.

“The Glenorchy on the Go All Ability Sports Gala will demonstrate the large variety of activities on offer in the Glenorchy community, and how people with all levels of ability can get involved.”

Event participants will receive a guidebook comprising a calendar of events and further details on the activities on offer enabling them to continue their involvement in sport and recreation.

The “come and try” expo will run from 10am to 6pm at the Glenorchy YMCA and will feature table tennis, adaptive sports ability games, exercise classes, rowing machines and table cricket.

Other activities held throughout the week will include outrigger canoeing, rowing, softball, ParaQuad basketball, archery and Special Olympics sports.

The total of this year’s GCF grant program allocation is almost $12,000.

GCF chair Adriana Taylor said there was strong competition for grants with the Fund receiving 21 applications in 2015.

“It is fantastic to see so many largely volunteer-run organisations doing such great work in the community, but unfortunately we were not able to provide grants to all of them,” she said.

Grants of up to $3,500 are offered by the GCF each year to help not-for-profit organisations and groups that are working to enrich community spirit and alleviate social disadvantage in the Glenorchy municipality.

“Projects that may be eligible for a grant include workshops, community education programs, local community festivals and community resource or education kits,” Mrs Taylor said.

“We prefer to give grants to community development programs and projects rather than as capital grants, however, we do make some exceptions.”

Ms Taylor said this year grants ranging from $1,300 to $3,500 were awarded to six organisations, including the ParaQuad Association of Tasmania, German Australian Club and the Understorey Network.

All grants were formally presented at the GCF’s Annual Fundraising Dinner at Elwick Racecourse Function Centre, Glenorchy on Saturday 8 August 2015.

The GCF was established to raise money to provide grants to community organisations for projects that benefit the people of Glenorchy.

It is a stand-alone community organisation with an independent volunteer board, with all monies obtained from donations and fundraising invested and the earnings on those funds distributed as grants each year.

For more information about the All Ability Sports Gala program contact the Customer Service area at Glenorchy City Council on phone 6216 6800.

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