Can Assist Gunnedah has received a welcome boost after taking the major share of the #GreaterNewEngland funding round for March.
For winning this month’s community vote, Canassist Gunnedah will receive $3,000 to go towards helping people being treated for cancer.
Relying solely on volunteers, Canassist is committed to ensuring that people in rural and regional communities have access to cancer treatment and care, through the provision of accommodation support and financial assistance.
Kate Knight, Can Assist’s Gunnedah president, said as one of more than 55 branches, the organisation raises vital funds to provide direct support to those in the local community affected by cancer.
“We currently have more than 20 volunteers who selflessly give up their time to simply help people in our community,” said Kate.
“We help pay for household bills that can be forgotten in the midst of treatment when families are often facing financial hardship through loss of income and increased medical expenses.”
“This funding from Greater Bank is an enormous help and will go a long way in supporting those in our community who unfortunately find themselves in need of our services.”
Both runners-up for the March round, New England Art Society in Armidale and the Armidale and New England Showgirl Competition will also each receive a $1000 grant.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, highlights the program’s recent milestone after reaching $150,000 in funding to 90 community groups across the region since its inception.
“Supporting the communities that support us has always been a fundamental part of our business,” Ms Smith said.
“For two and a half years we have seen what an impact this regular funding channel can offer the New England community, particularly by supporting smaller community groups that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year.” | Jennifer Smith, Regional Manager
The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in April. Voting is open now and closes on Wednesday, 24 April. Vying for their share in $5000 will be Tamworth Football Club, Lake Keepit Sailing Club and Kootingal Public School P&C.
To submit your vote go online here - collectively, the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by clicking here to learn more or via social media by using the hashtag #GreaterNewEngland and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.