St George Bank is doubling this year’s funding for the St George Footy Grant Program to a total of $200,000, aimed to provide much-needed financial support to the grassroots football community hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Applications and nominations are open until 31 May 5pm AEST. More info: stgeorge.com.au/footygrants
GIVIT donation of the week: Tarps
Families and individuals in the greater capital region who lost homes in the fires are living in tents, caravans, campervans and sheds on their fire ravaged properties. A local support organisation is in need of large, heavy-duty tarps for these individuals so that they can experience dry days and nights, have sheltered places for children to sit, play and now study, or just feel some relief from the gruelling experience of living without a stable roof over their heads. Items can be dropped-off, picked-up or posted to the charity. To donate, visit givit.org.au/items-needed, search ‘tarps’ and select requests located in ACT. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant charity to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off. GIVIT supports over 300 charities across the Capital Region by matching your quality, pre-loved items with people who need them most.
Every year, on the third Sunday in May, people gather around the world at International AIDS Candlelight Memorials. This year, an online Candlelight Memorial will be held on Sunday 17 May 6-6.45pm. Register online at bit.ly/ICM2020CBR. If you would like to add the names of loved ones who have passed away in the previous year, call 6257 2855 or email [email protected]
Another Chance op shop on Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin has re-opened for daily trading, 10am-1pm only, Monday to Saturday through to the end of May. Like their Facebook page for more information. A project of Mosaic Baptist Church.
Shoppers support veterans
Shoppers in Canberra have banded together to raise more than $5,300 to support Aussie veterans struggling with injury or illness. Coles Gungahlin, Wanniassa and Jamison were ranked among the most generous stores in the ACT, contributing to over $232,000 raised nationally. The funds will enable Bravery Trust to support more than 150 Aussie veterans who have an injury or illness as a result of their service, as well as around 600 family members. Funds were raised over 22-26 April from customer donations and, for every Coles Bakery branded cookies or biscuits sold, 50 cents was donated to the Bravery Trust.
Doorknock goes digital
The Salvation Army is taking the Red Shield Appeal digital in response to COVID-19’s impact on social contact. Salvos are asking locals to become digital fundraisers by going to digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au and setting up their own donation webpage to help those doing it tough. The Salvos hope to enlist 10,000 virtual collectors to sign up and fundraise for the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock on 23-24 May. Funds raised will stay in the Canberra region and help fund local initiatives. Sign up and volunteer to fundraise at digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au; donate at salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
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