GRIFFITH’S “big two” clubs opened their wallets – and their hearts – again last week for the annual club grants donation scheme.
Close to $60,000 was handed over to charities and communities groups as part of the annual handout, with Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club chipping in $39,085 and Griffith Leagues Club $18,000.
Twenty-three organisations received grants of between $600 and $8000 after being assessed by a panel that included a council representative, club general managers, Barb Penninga from Neighbourhood House and a representative from the Department of Human Services.
The reaction of grant recipients during last Friday’s cheque presentation at Griffith Leagues Club were varied – some fought back tears, others spoke of their group’s struggles for funding, and some recipients didn’t turn up at all.
Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group president Jan Newman, who accepted a cheque for $500 from Exies, said she was “eternally grateful” for the club’s continued help.
“When you’re suffering from cancer, you don’t need the extra stress of worrying about money,” she said.
“This will help buy wigs, pay for patients’ accommodation and a whole lot more.
“We’re very grateful to the clubs for what they do.”
Jess Horder from Griffith/Leeton Riding for the Disabled was more succinct but just as sincere.
“Thank you so much – the ponies will be delighted,” she said.
Exies general manager Gus Lico said supporting the many groups was one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
“These community organisations play an important role and they help fill in the gaps across a range of services,” Mr Lico said.
“They know more about what their particular needs are – we just provide the money. We see it as money well spent and it’s important to note that it will all be spent locally.”
Club grant recipients 2013
* Australian Red Cross – Griffith branch: $1000
* Child Abuse Prevention Service: $500
* Country Hope: $3000
* Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group: $500
* Griffith CDAT: $1000
* Griffith Neighbourhood House – Carevan: $2000
* Griffith Post School Options: $2500
* Griffith Prostate Cancer Support Group: $1500
* Griffith RSL sub-branch: $8000
* Griffith Shed for Men: $1000
* Griffith Suicide Prevention: $1500
* The Leukaemia Foundation: $600
* Life Education NSW: $250
* Macular Disease Foundation Australia: $1750
* Men of League Foundation: $750
* Muscular Dystrophy Association NSW: $250
* Ningana Enterprises: $3500
* PCYC Griffith: $2000
* Riding for Disabled Griffith/Leeton: $3000
* Griffith Soroptimists: $500
* Southern Riverina Youth Support Services: $2985
* Youth Off the Streets: $2000
* Griffith Legacy: $8000