Local not-for-profit organisation, Central Coast Kids In Need, will have greater capacity to continue its invaluable work supporting seriously ill children and their families after taking out the August round of the #GreaterCentralCoast community funding program.
For winning this month’s community vote, Central Coast Kids in Need will receive $2,000, which they will use to provide financial assistance to local families who need to travel to Sydney or Newcastle for their children to undergo specialist treatment.
Central Coast Kids in Need is a small volunteer group that provides much needed financial support to cover the cost of medications, specialised equipment, travel and accommodation for families with seriously ill children.
Since 2005, Central Coast Kids in Need has provided more than 2900 local families with financial assistance totaling around $3.76 million dollars and has done so without government support.
Relying solely on fundraising to generate funds to support local families, Central Coast Kids In Need finances have taken a hit in recent months with organisers having to cancel all planned fundraising activities for the year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
According to Central Coast Kids in Need Secretary, Lorraine Churchill, their limited ability to fundraise has made it harder than ever to help local families with transport and accommodation costs.
“Our aim is to keep families together during what is already a challenging time by helping to ease the financial burden they face with a sick child. It can be a huge financial stress to cover travel and accommodation costs for the whole family so this funding will help ease the pressure for those families with a sick child,” Lorraine said.
“As a result of the current restrictions and cancelled fundraising activities, we’ve had significantly less funds to support our local families this year,” she said.
“This funding from Greater Bank has been a timely and very welcome boost for us. The extra $2000 in funding will allow us to provide one months accommodation for a family so they can support their sick child during treatment.”
Both runners-up for the August round, The Attic Theatrical Inc. and Sport Central Coast will receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Central Coast Regional Sales Manager, Josh Swetnam, said it was great to see the #GreaterCentralCoast funding program helping local charities to make a difference during these challenging times.
“We’ve always been committed to supporting the communities that support us especially during these difficult times and the #GreaterCentralCoast funding program is a wonderful example of this,” said Mr Swetnam.
“We’re proud to be able to make this small but significant contribution to such a deserving community organisation as Central Coast Kids in Need and see the positive impact it will have on families with seriously ill children,” he said.
The September round of the #GreaterCentralCoast funding program is now open with Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc. Central Coast Branch, Gosford Kariong Rugby League Club and The Rhythm Hut all vying for a share in the $3000 funding.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greatercentralcoast or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020.