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Funding boost for local volunteers this National Volunteer Week

SIX Eastern Shore community groups and organisations were provided with a funding injection from the Federal Government to support the work of local volunteers.

The Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Cavaliers Basketball Club, Grace Christian Church, Bellerive Historical Society, Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club and Grenadiers Basketball Club all received grants between $1000 and $5000 to support the work of their volunteers.

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid, it is not unrecognisable,” Senator Jonno Duniam said.

“From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping out with the weekend sport, they are all local champions.

“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”

Senator Duniam said the funding boost coincided with National Volunteer Week from 18 to 24 May.

“It’s vital we acknowledge the important contribution of our local volunteers on the Eastern Shore,” he said.

Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club received $4000 from the grant, which it used to purchase two marquees for its Nippers program.

“With $4000 from our sponsors at Eastern Shore Doctors and the Hobart Skin Cancer Clinic, we were able to purchase two marquees that we can use at our surf carnivals and any programs we run on the beach,” Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Craig Rogerson said.

“As a volunteer group we have lots of ongoing costs associated with running a surf club, and without grants for volunteers like the one we received, it would make it hard to officially run the club.”

Caption: From left, Senator Jonno Duniam and president of Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club Craig Rogerson.