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Community Funding Program to provide care for the carers

May 1st Camp Breakaway square.jpgCamp Breakaway has been supporting some of the region’s most vulnerable people for more than 40 years and this month the community has returned the favour after it was named winner of the May round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterCentralCoast Community Funding Program.

The San Remo-based NDIS service provider has won $2,000 for taking out the public vote in May, with runners-up, SWAMP Central Coast and Words on the Waves Inc, both receiving $500.

Established in 1982, Camp Breakaway specialises in providing respite care for people with a disability and their carers. The funding from Greater Bank will go directly towards supporting the many programs they provide.

Camp Breakaway Community Engagement Manager, Sara Evans, said caring is a very demanding role.

“Carers need a regular break so they can recharge and avoid burn out, helping them to continue caring for longer,” Sara said.

“Our respite care service provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving for a sick, aging, or disabled family member.

“This respite gives carers the time they need to attend to their own health and wellbeing, and do tasks they simply don't have time for when they are caring."

Sara Evans, Camp Breakaway Community Engagement Manager

“We receive no government support so we rely on grants and donations, as well as money we generate through our own fundraising activites. As such, this money from Greater Bank is most welcome and will help us to run some of our many programs.”

Greater Bank’s Central Coast Regional Sales Manager, Josh Swetnam, said carers play a critical role in society.

“The work carers do is nothing short of incredible, giving up careers and other ambitions to devote themselves to a loved one,”Josh said.

“They richly deserve our support for the service they provide – almost invariably unpaid – so it’s our pleasure to help some of these selfless people take a well-earned break.”

Voting in the June round of the #GreaterCentralCoast Community Funding Program is open from 9.00am Monday June 6 until 5.00pm Wednesday June 29 2022, with Central Coast Sporting Horse Association, Roundabout Circus and Symphony Central Coast in the running to share in the $3,000.

The public can vote online at

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