Last Thursday the Forbes Services Memorial Club held it’s annual Cheque Presentation Ceremony where more than 36 Community Groups were presented with in excess of $80,000 sponsorship through ClubGRANTS program. Giving back to the community which supports the Club is very important and something that Club Manager, David Fitzgerald, and the Club’s Board of Directors are extremely passionate about.
David said in the twelve years he had been with the club this is the highest amount given out to local organisations.
Each year local community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in the local area are recognised and rewarded for their efforts through the program. In addition to this generous sponsorship the club also provides meeting facilities to organisations for their regular meetings free of charge.
ClubGRANTS is broken into two categories and Category 1 recipients included: Lachlan Legacy, Torch Bearers for Legacy, Forbes North Public School Breakfast Club, Forbes High School Support Unit Schools Spectacular, Red Bend Catholic College Art Therapy Program, Forbes State Emergency Services, Forbes Rural Fire Service, Camp Quality, Forbes Basketball Association, Havannah House, CanAssist and Forbes Shire Council Youth Week activities. Forbes Rugby Union Club, Forbes Senior Cricket, Bedgerabong Picnic Races, Forbes Sports Person of the Year Association, Forbes Country Music, Forbes Golfers Association, Lachlan Valley Community Radio, Forbes Eisteddfod, Sculpture Forbes, Red Bend Junior Rugby League, Forbes Picnic Races, Forbes Diggers Swimming Club, NSW Small Wine
Makers Show, Forbes Aboriginal Community Working Party, Forbes Camel Races, Forbes Rodeo, Forbes Junior Cricket, Forbes Australia Day Activities, Forbes Cup and Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club were all grateful recipients of the Category 2 grants.
In addition to the grant program the following organisations received the profits from the monthly Community Chest Charity Raffles: CanAssist, Torch Bearers for Legacy, Forbes Basketball Association, Forbes Rural Fire Service, Forbes State Emergency Service, Jemalong Residential Village, Mater Aged Care Service, Red Bend Junior Rugby League, House With No Steps and Forbes Auto Sports.
The next round of grants opens soon and clubs who would like to be part of the Community Chest Charity Raffle are advised to apply at the club.
By Anita Morrison