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Greater Illawarra funding provides a win for Music Makers

Local performance group for people with a disability, Music Makers, have had their day made after taking out the March round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.

The performance program is an initiative of the Disability Trust and was established in 2010. Run predominantly by volunteers, the group of 25 dancers rehearse weekly and perform at local events and showcases throughout the year.

After taking out the public vote, the $2,000 grant will go towards putting on the Music Makers Creative Performance evening for 2021.

This month’s runners-up, Shellharbour Relay For Life and Balgownie Scout Group will also both take away $500.

Music Makers Director, Melissa Hurley, said after having to cancel last year’s showcase due to COVID the group is beyond excited to have been given the green light to put on a performance this year.

“We have a talented bunch of dancers that love the stage and jump at any opportunity to perform, so you can imagine their reaction to the news that we would be able to put on a showcase this year,” said Melissa.

“The date has been set for our big show and we will use the funding to help pay for tailored costumes for each of our dancers and also for bus hire for other events throughout the year such as Music Makers on Tour.” 

Melissa Hurley, Music Makers Director


Greater Bank’s Illawarra Regional Sales Manager, Greg Creagan, said he was delighted to support an organisation that is nurturing equality and inclusiveness within the community.

“It is great to see our funding supporting people in the community beyond their banking needs,” said Greg.

“The Music Makers offers a valuable service to members of the Illawarra region and we look forward to hearing more about their big showcase later in the year.”

Established in June 2018, the #GreaterIllawarra has now provided $132,000 in funding to 102 community groups across the Illawarra.

The April round of the #GreaterIllawarra program is now open with Warilla Wanderers Football Club, Wollongong Lions Australian Football Club and Arcadians Theatre Group vying for a share in the $3000 funding.

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