Black Mountain Summit Walk
This year is not only the 50th anniversary of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve, but also the 20th anniversary of the official opening of the Summit Walk, which was a joint project between ACT Government, Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and Telstra. On Saturday 25 July, select one of two timeslots – 9.30am-12pm or 1.30-4pm – to join Friends of Black Mountain for a walk up the north-eastern slopes of Black Mountain to the summit. Local plant ecologist Michael Doherty will be talking about trees, shrubs and fire, and participants see some winter flowering plants. You’re welcome to walk up and back, but if you would prefer not to walk down, ask a friend to meet you at the top. The Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12). Meet at the Visitor Centre, ANBG. Cost: Gold coin donation. Bookings are essential. Places are limited, please email your name and phone number to email@example.com, or phone Libby (6296 1936) or Linda (0437 298 711). It is also helpful if we need to contact you if arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather). Bring friends, water, snacks. Wear sturdy shoes, hat, and sun cream … and winter woollies in layers in case it is cold.
GIVIT donation of the week: Hair products
Recipient: This organisation supports at-risk children with the aim to preserve their social and environmental development. A very practical way this organisation supports local kids is by providing Go Bags for when they go into foster or emergency care. These bags contain essential items to assist carers for the initial 24 hours. Donations (new only, please) of hair brushes, hair clips and hair bands suitable for girls aged between 5 and 17 years would be gratefully appreciated. Donations can be picked up, posted or dropped off to the organisation. To donate, visit: givit.org.au/donate-items, search “Hair” to view requests located in ACT. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off. GIVIT supports more than 350 charities and community groups across the Capital Region by matching your items with people who need them most.
Marymead garage and plant sale
Marymead’s Winter Garage and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday 25 July 9am-1pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. With COVIDsafe protocols in place, Marymead will be selling plants, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes, homewares, handbags, jewellery and accessories. All funds raised will go towards supporting Marymead. More info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lord’s Taverners ACT Scholarships
Another group of talented local young athletes has received a boost to their sporting careers as recipients of Lord’s Taverners ACT Scholarships for 2020. it’s the 13th time that these annual scholarships, which are for local young athletes with a disability, have been awarded and recipients received between $300 and $1,000 each to help them lift their already-impressive performances in their chosen sports. The funds will help these local rising stars to purchase new equipment and travel to elite competitions. The recipients of Lord’s Taverners ACT Scholarships in 2020 are: Louwanna Sheridan (basketball); Aeysha Williams (basketball); Monica De Salazar-Ballivian (basketball); Ari Gesini (athletics); Darcy Wilson (swimming); Gabrielle Waller (swimming); Amalie Leslie ( athletics/snow-skiing/gymnastics); Arlindo Rodrigues (soccer); Christian Valeri (futsal); Madilyn Janssen (basketball); Hamish Sanz-Pellatt (softball/rugby league); and Paige Edwards (touch football/futsal). In addition, an Award was given to Brandon Stroud to help with his efforts establishing powerchair soccer in the ACT. For more information or to donate, visit lordstavernersact.org.au
Youth InterACT grants
Young Canberrans aged 12-25 years with ideas for projects, events or activities that focus on engaging young people are encouraged to apply for the ACT Government’s $25,000 Youth InterACT grants program. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for initiatives that actively engage young people in innovative projects and connect young people with each other and to their community, leading to greater social participation and inclusion. Applications close Monday 24 August. To apply, visit communityservices.act.gov.au/youth
Mental health and wellbeing grants
Eligible community organisations and individuals are encouraged to apply for the newly announced $450,000 COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Innovation Grants program. The grants program will support mental health programs and ideas that focus on community recovery, building resilience, tackling loneliness, and creating meaningful social connections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for the grants or find out more, email the ACT Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing via OfficeforMHW@act.gov.au