RSPCA Armidale is set to make some overdue repairs and upgrades to its Education and Food Van after being named the winner of Greater Bank’s June #GreaterArmidale community funding program.
The charity group received $3000 after being named the winner as voted by the community. Runners-up, New England Burns Club and Walkley Golf, each received $1000 to support their services.
Greater Bank’s Armidale branch manager, Wendy Ng, presented the winning organisations with their cheques on Friday.
“RSPCA Armidale makes Armidale greater by taking in unwanted animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and cats from residents, as well as from the Council companion animal shelter, and finds them new homes,” Ms Ng said.
“They run a range of community programs such as $10 parvo vaccinations and assist with the cost of desexing pets of residents who are experiencing financial hardship. Additionally, RSPCA Armidale is looking to conduct school visits in the region to educate children about good pet ownership.”
RSPCA Armidale currently has around 200 volunteers and relies heavily on donations and fundraising given they receive no government funding for their services.
The #GreaterArmidale community funding program has now provided $50,000 to local charity groups and will continue to provide $5,000 per month to other worthy groups, as voted by the general public.
Members of the Armidale community are encouraged to vote each month by going online at greater.com.au/greaterarmidale, or by dropping into the Greater Bank’s Armidale branch.
Voting for the June grant is now open with Duval High School Interact Club, PCYC Armidale and Riding for the Disabled Armidale each vying for the cash grants. Voting closes at 5:00pm, on Wednesday 26 July.
Ms Ng also said that Greater Bank is calling for nominations for other community groups to be considered for upcoming funding rounds.
“There are so many organisations doing wonderful work in our community that we know will benefit greatly from this financial support. We want to know about them,” Ms Ng added.
“Greater Bank wants to help these organisations continue their great work to make our community greater for local people.”
To nominate a community group go to greater.com.au/greaterarmidale and tell us in 100 words or less, how the organisation is helping to make a #GreaterArmidale.
Each month, Greater Bank will select three organisations that the community will vote on to receive the grant.