FUNDING BOOST: Whyalla Mount Laura Lions Club president Wayne Foran, left, and founding member Gordon Posser welcome a $5000 volunteer grant.The Whyalla Mount Laura Lions Club received a volunteer grant of $5000 as part of a federal funding program –and it may keep the club on the move.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey saidon Friday that 41 organisations have been successful under the Volunteer Grants 2015-16 program in Grey and will receive $144,858.

“Small organisations from all around the electorate including the Whyalla Lions Club will receive funding to assist in the running of their every day activities,” he said.

“The government has allocated $20 million in Volunteer Grantsin recognition of the valuable role volunteers play in building more resilient communities and supporting individual participation in community life.”

Club president Wayne Foran welcomed the grant and said it was likely to go towards a barbecue trailer fortravelling to fundraising events.

“Since a lot of our events involve the use of a barbecue for sausage sizzles, it would be absolutely fantastic to get a trailer,” he said.

“Because all of the funds we raise goback into the community, this grant money is going to directly benefit the community.”

ButMr Foran said it was still “early days”and that the club would have to sit down todiscuss what to use the funds for.

“I believe the amount required for a barbecue trailer would be in the ballpark of $5000,” he said.

“But there may be some stipulations that we have to look at first.”

Mr Ramsey congratulated the Lions club on securing the grant.

“Iacknowledge the great job the club does in our communities,” he said.

“Volunteering has a strong presence throughout our community, whether it be helpingwith sportteams and land-care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping local charities support some of our most disadvantaged people.

“Money is hard to come by for organisations whose volunteers work hard and give up their time in the community and these grants are a great way to buyequipment andtools, improve safety and first-aid and reimburse fuel costs.”

“The volunteer grants are run every two years and I encourage eligible voluntary organisations to apply in future rounds.”

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