For the Woonona Public School student cohort who rely on the school canteen each week, lunches are about to get even tastier after the school took out this month’s major grant for Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community program.
Woonona Public School has undergone significant growth over the past few years, with the student population now sitting at 540. Its canteen facilities require upgrading to cater for the 260 plus orders making their way through its doors each week.
Run solely by volunteers, the canteen will use the $2,000 to help fund the purchase of a much needed new oven that will be used to prepare items from its new and improved healthy menu.
The school has worked hard to ensure its food offering is consistent with the Government’s 2019 Healthy Canteen Strategy and the NSW Premier’s priority to decrease childhood obesity by 5 per cent by 2025.
The two runners-up, Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence and The Pink Elephants Support Network, will each receive $500 for their nomination to help continue to provide vital services to families in need across the Illawarra region.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, is proud to see this month’s funding allocated to such worthwhile initiatives within the local community.
“Each month I’m amazed at the calibre of entrants we get for the #GreaterIllawarra program and this month is no different,” Mr Creagan said.
“The volunteers at Woonona Public School are doing an amazing job to ensure they offer healthy and nutritious food options to fuel students and help them thrive. To have a school community that cares so much about this aspect of wellbeing is something that must give all parents peace of mind.”
It’s remarkable how much time and effort people are willing to put in to better the community they are a part of and I’m proud to work for an organisation that lives by this principle. The #GreaterIllawarra program is central to our commitment to supporting the community that supports us. | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager
Voting is now open for the final funding round of the year round with Elonera Montessori School Robotics, IRT Foundation and 1st Kieraville Scout Group in the running for their share of the $3,000 grant up for grabs.
Members of the public have until Wednesday, 19 December to vote for who they think should receive the major funding by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or by visiting any of Greater Bank’s five branches across the region.
“It doesn’t take long to submit your vote, but collectively the effort you make will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the local community,” Mr Creagan said.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve the lives of locals.