NSW GOVERNMENT GRANT AND ROTARY CLUB OF THE PONDS UNITE TO SUPPORT THE PONDS SCHOOL STUDENTS

Written on the 24 May 2017 by Kevin Conolly

NSW GOVERNMENT GRANT AND ROTARY CLUB OF THE PONDS UNITE TO SUPPORT THE PONDS SCHOOL STUDENTS

Member for Riverstone, Mr Kevin Conolly MP and Bruce Nicholls, President of The Rotary Club of The Ponds, visited The Ponds School last week to see first-hand the shade structure installed over the 'liberty swing' which was funded by a grant under the Community Building Partnerships program.

The shade structure is located over the 'liberty swing' play equipment which is used by school students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. In the past, the swing could not be used during the summer months due to the strong direct sunlight exposure to the students.

Members of the Rotary Club took on the project of fundraising and managing the construction of two shade structures covering the 'Liberty Swing' and other outdoor play equipment so that they could be used all year round. They were successful in applying for a NSW Government grant of $22,000 under the 2016 Community Building Partnership program while The Rotary Club of The Ponds donated $1,000 towards the project.

"What we are seeing here is a direct benefit to those less fortunate in our community when a reputable charity organisation such as Rotary and the NSW Government unite to provide the resources needed to build useful facilities which otherwise would not be within reach financially" said Mr Conolly.

"I applaud the members of The Rotary Club of The Ponds for their charitable work and I trust the students at The Ponds School will be able to enjoy the 'Liberty Swing' all year round now" said Mr Conolly.

"The Rotary Club of The Ponds is extremely appreciative of Kevin's Conolly's support in relation to the success of this grant application. It is recognition of the role that Rotary plays in The Ponds Community and allows us to do so much more for everyone," said Bruce Nicholls.

"What a wonderful addition the shade sail over the liberty swing is to our students.  They are now able to access the liberty swing on the hottest of days and even when it is raining. It is great to see student's enjoying this activity more often now.  I wish to thank The Ponds Rotary Club and in particular Bruce Nicholls. We very much appreciate Kevin Conolly's support with the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership grant program as well", said Mrs Leonie Donaldson, Principal of The Ponds School.

The NSW Government's Community Building Partnership grant program is designed to assist local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups to cover the partial or full cost of improving or constructing facilities that will benefit the community. Funds are limited and applications are rated on their merits. The 2017 grant program will open soon and for more information go to http://www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au


Author: Kevin Conolly

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