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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 9 In our community RACT Community Fund co-ordinator Donna Sward reports on some of our recent grant recipients Thank you to the 75 organisations who applied for grants in the recent round of the R ACT Community Fund. If your application was not successful, please consider applying again in Round 6, which will open in April 2011. Financial support provided through the R ACT Community Fund aims to build partnerships between the Club and local organisations, by assisting worthwhile projects and programs that benefit the Tasmanian community. RACT and RACT Insurance congratulate the following recipients of grants: Bonorong Wildlife Park Bonorong’s FOC program (Friends of Carers, Free of Charge, Furry Orphaned Critters) trains volunteers in basic safety, rescue and transportation techniques for injured and orphaned wildlife. Our grant will help produce a brochure to include the 24-hour rescue number, a safety guide for motor ists and first-response action advice. It will be distr ibuted through all Ser vice Tasmania offices, tourist information centres and in all hire cars in Tasmania. King Island Men’s Shed Community Men’s Sheds are moder n-day versions of the backyard shed that is part of Australian culture. The sheds provide opportunities for men to connect to the community, meet old fr iends and make new ones, and stay active in body and mind through sharing their experience, knowledge and skills. The King Island Men’s Shed received a grant to purchase equipment and supplies to set up a coffee corner – members say they like getting together for a coffee and chat as much as they enjoy other activities offered at the shed. Centacare’s Stitch This program supports 23 different groups of women who have come to Tasmania from Rwanda, Bur undi, Ethiopia, Somalia, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan and the Congo. Stitch promotes a safe environment for integration through sharing and learning new skills while building bridges across cultural differences. Stitch has been using old sewing machines and equipment for seven years and our R ACT Community Fund grant enabled the purchase of three new machines. During the year, Stitch participants sewed pictures of ever yday objects into attractive fabric books, naming them in English and their own languages. The books are helping to build English skills for the women and their families. Colebrook Volunteer Fire Brigade Rossarden Progress Association Both organisations have been awarded grants from the RACT Community Fund to assist the purchase of heart defibrillators. This equipment is important in rural communities where ambulance response times exceed 25 minutes. Rossarden Progress Association organises many of the social activities in their area and members of the committee will train interested individuals to use the defibrillator and to apply CPR for the benefit of the townspeople and local community. Cycling Tasmania Cycling Tasmania will produce a Code of Conduct leaflet to highlight the importance of being responsible r iders and drivers, on two wheels or four. The code encourages safe r iding by cyclists, covers appropriate cycling behaviour and infor ms other road users of cyclists’ r ights and responsibilities on the road. The leaflet will be in the information pack given to everyone who buys a bike through a Cycling Tasmania- affiliated store. Devonport Little Athletics Centre With two out of ever y three people requir ing treatment for some for m of skin cancer in their lifetime, shelter from the sun is an important preventative measure – w ith our grant, the Devonport Little Athletics Centre purchased a shade shelter for athletes waiting their tur n to compete. Kingborough Road Safety Committee The concept for the K ingborough Council Road Safety Committee’s ‘Be Alert’ road safety campaign is to raise road-users’ awareness of specific driver behaviours such as speeding and drink-driving. The messages will be highlighted on changing signs along the Souther n Outlet between Hobar t and Kingston. The RACT Community Fund grant w ill help implement the signage project. For more information about the RACT Community Fund, please check our website – www.ract.com.au Sheds, stitches, shade-shelters and signs From left: Wildlife carer Wayne White and RACT Community Fund coordinator Donna Sward with an orphaned wombat; the lads of the King Island Men’s Shed; Stitch participant Zahra Mohamed
Apr May 2011