The Salvation Army’s Carinya Cottage plans to upgrade its playground facilities after taking out the August round of the #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.
For winning the August community vote, Carinya Cottage received $2,000 that will go towards the installation of a new shade sail over the centre’s playground, allowing children staying at the cottage to play outside during the warmer months.
For the past 20 years, the Salvation Army has operated Carinya Cottage, located in Illawarra, as part of the Carinya Women and Children’s Service, which provides a range of services including crisis and transitional accommodation, case management and advocacy for women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence, financial distress and are at risk of being homeless.
According to Salvation Army’s Community Fundraising & PR Coordinator, Karen Walker, the funding will help them create a happy ‘home away from home’ for families staying at the Cottage.
“Winning the August #GreaterIlawarra funding round has come at the perfect time as it will allow us to make much needed repairs to the shade sail over the children’s playground at Carinya Cottage. Without these repairs the children would be unable to use the playground as the weather warms up,” she said.
“We are extremely grateful to Greater Bank for this funding which means we can create a more pleasant experience for children staying at Carinya Cottage who are away from home, sometimes for the very first time. It will help us create a comforting and happy space for them to play while they are experiencing upheaval in their everyday life.”
Both runners up for the August round, Peterborough Foundation and Illawarra Baby and Child Loss Support will each receive $500 to put towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said it was wonderful to see the program help local women and children who may be facing extra challenges in their lives.
“Supporting the communities that support us has always been a fundamental part of our business and I’m proud to see how a small but generous funding contribution from #GreaterIllawarra can help the Salvation Army’s Carinya Cottage provide some joy to children in need,” Mr Creagan said.
The September round of the #GreaterIllawarra program is now open until 5pm on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 with Southern Illawarra Men's Shed, Group 7 Referees Association and Oak Flats Swimming Club all vying for a share in the $3000 funding.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or by visiting a Greater Bank branch.