$1.3 million in funding from Canberra Southern Cross Club helps over 300 groups

Children, chorists and charitable organisations will be just some of the beneficiaries of over $1.3 million in funding from the Canberra Southern Cross Club this financial year.
The Club will launch its season of giving on Sunday September 18 at its annual Community Grants Luncheon, where 73 community, social and charitable organisations will receive an annual grant.

Throughout the year the Club will provide over $1.3 million to over 300 groups, including disability, craft, education, youth and medical support associations.

Club Board Member and Community Grants Committee Chairperson Kim Marshall said the Club continues its proud history of supporting the community and has provided more than $14 million in cash grants and in kind assistance.

“We know the $1.3 million we are providing this year enables many groups to exist and enhance the lives of Canberrans,” she said.

“Whether it be our support of the Malkara Specialist School, Canberra Carols by Candlelight run by the Woden Valley Youth Choir, Karinya House, Palliative Care ACT and the many small volunteer organisations we assist, each and every group plays an important role in our community.”

Mrs Marshall said the luncheon would feature a presentation from ACT Children’s Week and Cystic Fibrosis ACT organisations and another grant recipient – the Heart and Soul Singers will perform.

The grants help some groups to deliver vital services within the Canberra Community. Post and Antenatal Depression Support and Information Inc is one such organisation. “PANDSI were delighted to receive notification from the Canberra Southern Cross Club that we have been successful in our Grant Application this year, it is very much appreciated.  We will be able to offer, for the first time, free transport to our groups for mothers that could not otherwise attend which removes a significant barrier for some of them.”  said Polly McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer of PANDSI.

Stromlo Forest Scout Group  is another one of the 2016 recipients. Treasurer Tim Griffiths said “On behalf of the Management Committee of the Stromlo Forest Scout Group I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Canberra Southern Cross Club, we are a small group and your very kind gift will assist us greatly with the purchase of new equipment.”

The Canberra Southern Cross Club opened in August, 1972, and now has 5 hospitality venues with the Clubs newest venture, Southern Cross Stromlo, opening earlier this week. It employs nearly 500 people and has over 83,000 members.

Mick Gentleman, representing the Chief Minister and Jeremy Hanson Leader of the ACT Opposition will attend Sunday’s luncheon, which starts at midday at the Club’s Woden venue.