Homeworld Helensvale’s Community Chest program provides $14,000 in funding annually to local events, schools, charities, not for profit organisations and sporting clubs to help make the Gold Coast a better place to live, learn, work and play.
The following organisations have been successful under Round 1 of the program and will now share in $7,000 in funding to benefit their organisations.
Voting is now underway to decide how the $7,000 will be dispersed between the recipients. To cast your vote, click here.
Oxenford/Coomera Community & Youth Centre
The Oxenford/Coomera Community & Youth Centre opened in 2004 and provides free community programs including emergency relief, family support, counselling, youth holiday programs, parent education, child community health support, child development referrals, active and healthy programs, literacy and music programs.
Last year the Centre supported 1,001 parenting program participants, 492 counselling clients and 10,275 playgroup participants.
All money raised will go towards purchasing resources for the Centre’s playgroups which support important parent child bonding, early years learning, fine and gross motor skills, and literacy development for local families.
Pacific Pines State High School
The Pacific Pines State High School Special Education Unit has recently been revamped and is now known as the ILEAD Centre (Independent Learning, Exploring and Accepting Diversity).
This centre is utilised by approximately 130 students who require additional assistance due to mental health issues, anxiety, depression, Autism and many others.
Funds from the Community Chest program will be used to revamp the school’s “Chill Out Zone”, a special area for ASD kids and students who might experience heightened anxiety throughout the day.
Parkwood Sharks Rugby League Club
Parkwood Sharks Rugby League Club is a junior sporting organisation based in Parkwood. They have junior teams ranging from the U6’s – U15’s, plus one senior team. They were the first Rugby League club on the Gold Coast to field a girls team, which has proudly expanded to three teams this year. Parkwood Sharks have long been regarded as the “Family club,” a title the club is extremely proud of.
Funding from the Community Chest program would be used for resources for volunteers, specifically a buggy to help cart equipment such as tables, first aid kits, eskies and other items across fields.
Walk With Us
Walk With Us works with Gold Coast’s disadvantaged and homeless, their philosophy is to “be a good human“.
This group of passionate, proactive people has a goal to work amongst the community, supporting the homeless, disadvantaged, youth, lonely, and sufferers of domestic violence and mental health. This mixed bunch comes from a wide range of backgrounds, each with a genuine motivation to help others. Each Monday night in Burleigh, they supply a good hot meal, toiletries, clothes, blankets and other things in need.
Walk With Us also hold a luncheon on Christmas eve for between 200 – 250 of the same demographic of people. Attendees get a 3 course meal, entertainment and presents from Santa.
Round 1 voting will officially close at 11.59pm on Friday 17 August, 2018.