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telstra country wide

                    community fund grants 2013


On Wednesday July 31  The Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens hosted a celebratory morning tea for their fellow 2013 recipients of funding through The Telstra Country Wide Ballarat Community Fund.

Bill Mundy, Telstra Country Wide, Area General Manager South West Victoria presented cheques to each of the 7 recipient organisations in the lovely surrounds of the Robert Clark Centre, Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

‘It is a pleasure for Telstra Country Wide to be able to support these programs, allowing them to be the best resources for our city they can be.  It is the community organisations like this years’ recipients who make our community a richly diverse and exciting place to live,’ Mr Mundy said

Attending the celebration were representatives from each of the recipient organisations and CEO of The Ballarat Foundation Geoff Sharp.

And the recipients:


Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens – Historical Archive Project

Digitisation of handwritten archives for greater accessibility for educational institutions and the community.


WRISC Family Violence Support – Spread the Word

Funding will help provide accessible, internet based resources which will highlight assistance available to women and the broader community concerned with family violence.


Eureka Gymnastics Club

Purchase of gymnastic apparatus necessary for training and competition across all levels of gymnasts in their new facility in Ballarat.


Mercy Works – Mercy Connect

Covering the costs associated with recruitment and training of volunteers supporting refugee students’ classroom learning which will include technological equipment such as mobile phones.


Vision Australia – Feelix Library Service

Providing literacy for children who are blind or have low vision, the Library produces specially tailored kits that contain an original storybook, an audio CD, tactile aids around the story and a handbook of tactile graphics: these are sent monthly and are free.


BLOC Music Theatre

Purchase updated technology for the BLOC Administrator.


Friends of Buninyong Botanical Gardens

Purchase of a weatherproof noticeboard and two weatherproof leaflet boxes.