Warilla Wanderers Football Club has secured an early season win in 2019 after taking out the major share of this month’s #GreaterIllawarra funding round.
For winning this month’s community vote, the Wanderers will receive $2,000 that will go directly towards supporting the club’s first women’s team.
Strong off-season recruiting has enabled the Wanderers to enter their first women’s team in the 2019 comp and the funds will ensure this talented team of players is well equipped and supported as they head into the season.
Warilla Wanderers President, Michael Clout, said while there has been interest in supporting a women’s team for some time, they have struggled to attract enough players; until this season.
“A lot of people have been working hard behind the scenes to recruit women from all walks of life to ensure we get a strong team on the field in 2019,” Michael said.
“With a new team comes more expenses for the club, particularly because the women will invariably play at different venues to the men. This means that apart from uniforms, we have to purchase more match day equipment to ensure our women are well supported.
“The funding from Greater Bank is an enormous help for our club and very much appreciated, particularly by all the women who will represent the Wanderers in 2019.”
Both runners-up for the February round, Safe Shelter Shoalhaven and Woonona Netball Club will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, is thrilled to see the positive impact the program is having on community groups across the Illawarra.
“The monthly funding up for grabs through the #GreaterIllawarra program can make such an impact on community groups, especially smaller ones that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year,” said Mr Creagan.
“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the community who have their say via the public vote, and see the difference it is making the for the deserving recipients.”
The #GreaterIllawarra program is at the heart of who we are – an organisation that cares about and is committed to supporting the communities that support us. | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in May, with voting now open until Wednesday, 29 May. Vying for their share in $3,000 will be Thirroul Junior Rugby League Club, First LEGO League Robotics Team and Wollongong Wolfden.
To submit your vote either go online HERE or visit any Greater Bank branch.
“It doesn’t take long to submit your vote, but collectively the effort you make will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the local community,” Mr Creagan said.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by CLICKING HERE and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.