Seniors appreciate $5000 grant
THE Lismore Senior Citizens Social Club is one of 86 community organisations in the region to receive a grant from the Federal Government's $16 million Volunteer Grants initiative.
Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services Julie Collins said more than $275,000 in grants have been allocated to community groups in the seat of Page.
"What we want to do as a Federal Government is support volunteers and the very valuable role they have in the local community," she said.
"Here in Lismore we're supporting 86 community organisations and more than 2000 volunteers in thevaluable work that they do every day."
Club secretary Glad Watts said the $5000 grant will be used to buy a video projector and bookcase.
"We received one of the same grants last year and that gave us some good office equipment.
"The idea was to build on that by getting a system where we can show movies and photographs to the members."
Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to volunteer groups across Australia.
Club treasurer Trish Wales said the grant is a great reward for the club's volunteers.
"For pensioners it's a lot of hard work to try and raise $5000.
"Trying to get people to buy raffle tickets or whatever else is time consuming so this will save a lot of time and help the volunteers."