Grant success will help keep kids connected to community - OzChild

Grant success will help keep kids connected to community

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12 June 2018

Staff of the Mulgrave Waverley Gardens have successfully nominated OzChild to receive a $10,000 Centenary Grant from the CommBank Foundation and the Commonwealth Bank.

Branch staff nominated OzChild in recognition of the much-needed services the organisation provides to their local community.

Branch Manager Shehani Jansz said her staff were thrilled to be able to support OzChild.

“The inspiring and far reaching impact of the work undertaken by OzChild was a crucial factor in it receiving the grant,” Ms Jansz said.

“This grant is especially meaningful since we are able to celebrate 100 years of employee giving by nominating an organisation to receive a Centenary Grant in our local community.”

OzChild Chief Executive Officer Lisa Griffiths said receiving the grant was a testament to the work the organisation did with children, young people and families in the community.

“OzChild’s foster care program supports over 160 children at any one time to have a safe, caring family home. Many of these children have suffered huge disadvantage in their lives and this money will go a long way to assist in providing them with opportunities that they otherwise would not have,” Ms Griffiths said.

“The money will allow us to continue to support the Aboriginal children in our care to remain connected to their culture and community through a range of activities including, return to country trips and engagement in community events and cultural experiences.

“It will also support children and carers to access social and educational activities that would not normal be available to them to expand their experiences and improve their development.”

Commonwealth Bank donated $10 million to the CommBank Foundation in celebration and recognition of 100 years of employee giving and this donation funded the Centenary Grants. More than 13,000 current and retired bank employees donate a portion of their income to the program.

In total, 1,000 community organisations across the country will receive a Centenary Grant from Commonwealth Bank. Each of the 1,000 community organisations has been selected by Commonwealth Bank employees from right across Australia.

Grants from trusts and foundations are an essential part of our work as they provide the opportunity for innovative new projects and programs to help more children in crisis. If you can help contact our Media and Communications Manager Glynis Smalley on 03 9695 2251 or email gsmalley@ozchild.org.au

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