Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas and Gisborne Secondary School students at Gisborne and District Bowling Club.

EIGHT community groups in the Macedon Ranges Shire will benefit from $44,700 of funding thanks to VicHealth, who hope the health and wellbeing of residents hardest hit by the pandemic will improve. 

One organisation receiving the funding is Gisborne and District Bowling Club, who will use the grant to run bowling sessions for people with a disability and school children.

Gisborne and District Bowling Club chair Russell Walker said the funding would help improve participation.

“The funding the government has provided under the grant program will assist the club to achieve its vision in providing an opportunity for all members of the community to participate in the game of bowls in an inclusive and safe environment,” he said.

Other organisations set to benefit from the funding include: Gisborne Thunder Swimming Club, who will use this grant to promote the benefits of swimming in a less competitive environment; Lancefield Cricket Club, for purchase of equipment and uniforms for under 17s and women’s teams, removing cost barriers; Central Highlands Broadcasting, involving students to be part of one or two bands, supported by a professional musician mentor; Kyneton District Soccer Club, funding a five-a-side social soccer program, a GO Girls social program and school clinics; Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, host COVID-safe training with volunteers in community sporting organisations to build their confidence in resuming sporting activities safely; Hepburn Wholefoods Collective, to purchase supplies to establish a garden and an interactive educational space for young families; and Doxa Youth Foundation, for materials to design quiet garden spaces.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said the funding would help connect the community.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure our local organisations and clubs can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” she said.

“Grassroots organisations are the heart and soul of the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn region, and their efforts are the key to connecting our communities.”

More than 400 other organisations across the state will also receive funding to help people build better social connections with each other and the community.  

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