Fonterra Grass Roots Fund – closes 15 December 2017

Since 2011, Fonterra have supported over 340 initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition. Their sponsorship funding has helped to build school vegetable gardens, supported sports, community and surf lifesaving clubs, and aided the purchase of essential equipment for emergency response services.

Financial support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application. Specifically, initiatives must fall into one of three categories:

• Bringing Communities Together

• Caring for the Environment

• Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Dairy Nutrition

Closes 15 December 2017

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Whites Rural Community Grants – closes 30 November 2017

Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas.

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to at least 10 applicants – designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being.

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Applications opened on the 1st of October and finish on 30th November 2017.

Cali-fit; getting busy women fit!

Calisthenics Victoria is launching its pilot program for Cali-fit right here in Sale, aimed at helping women to get fit, be healthy and stay connected.

Expert and qualified calisthenics coaches, will deliver a 1.5hr per week program of fun, fitness and friendship to women of all ages, in a safe and welcoming environment.

“At Calisthenics Victoria, we know the benefits of keeping healthy and active, and we understand that a busy lifestyle sometimes means women miss out on those enormous benefits,” said Matthew Brown, CEO.

“We know that our mainstream calisthenics program gets people moving, teaches a variety of new skills and is delivered in a terrific social setting, and we saw the opportunity to share this positive body, mind and soul experience with others in a less formal way.”

Cali-Fit draws on the foundation of calisthenics – movement to music – and will have women dancing, exercising their memory with new skills, and making new social connections each week for only $10 per session.  A great, affordable way for busy women to look after their health, fitness and wellbeing.

East Gippsland Calisthenics in Sale have been selected to pilot the program in this area and will begin classes on 11th October. Details are as follows: Wednesday nights 7.00pm-8:30pm; Delbridge Hall, 149 Cunninghame Street, Sale.

Alex Otzen, coach from East Gippsland Calisthenics says, “Cali-Fit is a program that welcomes beginners and past calisthenics performers.  We are really excited to be part of this new initiative and look forward to working with our local community helping busy women to look after their health.  We hope that lots of women try Cali-Fit for a total mind and body experience.”

To find out more visit www.calisthenics.asn.au or contact gippycali@gmail.com

Free meningococcal vaccine for 15-19 year olds ending 31 December

We at GippSport are supporting the Victorian Government in the introduction of a free, time-limited vaccination program for young people aged 15-19 in Victoria to combat a recent rise in cases of deadly strains of meningococcal disease.

The vaccine is safe and effective and free until 31 December at secondary schools, local council immunization sessions, or at the doctor.

Young people receiving the meningococcal vaccine will be protected against the recently prominent ‘W’ strain of the disease, as well as three other strains (‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘Y’). Although uncommon, meningococcal disease can become life-threatening very quickly. Those aged 15-19 are the most frequent carriers.

 Getting the vaccine at school – To receive the vaccine at secondary school 15, 16 and 17 year olds need consent from a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians must complete and return the consent card that eligible young people bring home from school. Eighteen and 19 year olds can provide their own consent.

 Getting the vaccine outside of school – Eligible young people can also get the free vaccine from their GP or from their local council. The vaccine is free, however some GPs may charge a consultation fee. Some local councils hold free vaccination sessions that eligible young people can attend.

If vaccinated, the young person can protect themselves and others around them. With the program ending on 31 December 2017, we strongly encourage eligible club members to take advantage of the free vaccination while it is available.

To find out about free immunisation sessions, contact your local council.

For more about the vaccine and the disease visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/menvax

Latrobe Valley Authority – Community Facility Fund

The Victorian Government has established a Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund  to support projects that will improve the amenity and liveability of the Latrobe Valley.  In particular, projects that will bring people and jobs and improve the life of community members will be well regarded.

The aim of the Fund is to facilitate civic renewal that will help to make the Latrobe Valley a great place to live and work and to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here

One of the funding streams – Active Latrobe Valley (Stream 4) – is relevant to sports clubs. This program stream will support projects designed to make communities a healthier place to live, concentrating on sport and recreation, including open space improvements for families, residents and visitors to enjoy. Supported projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Parks, playgrounds and passive recreational area development;
  • Recreational precinct upgrades;
  • Sporting facilities and precincts;
  • Rail trails and walking tracks; and
  • Bicycle paths.

Active Latrobe Valley will provide up to $1 million for projects under this stream.

Please note that all projects will be required to be endorsed/supported by the relevant Local Government Authority.

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