Manilla Minor League will ring in the New Year in style after taking out the major share of the #GreaterNewEngland funding round for September.
As the with winner of September’s community vote, Manilla Minor League will receive $3,000 that will enable them to purchase new training gear, as well as organise the club’s annual New Years Eve Community Carnival.
Manilla Minor League is committed to providing the local community with the opportunity to get active and has seen huge growth over the last 30 years. Today, it boast more than 100 players from Under 6’s to Under 14’s.
According to Manilla Minor League Secretary, Jessica Ride, said the win provides a huge financial kick for the club as they start planning for the 2020 season.
“We rely heavily on fundraising and the support of the community, so this is a real boost for us. Will use part of the funding to buy new training equipment such as tackle pads and agility gear that will benefit all of our players,” she said.
“Our committee also works hard in the off season to provide the surrounding communities with a local New Years Eve Community Carnival as a way of bringing everyone together, so we will use the rest of the funds to help organise this year’s event.”
“Last year was the first time we ran the Carnival and it was a huge success with over 500 locals enjoying the fun rides, entertainment and fireworks that were on offer. We’re hoping to make it bigger and better this year so every cent we can put towards the cost of running the Carnival means we don’t have to fundraise as hard during the year.”
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, is thrilled to see the program continue to provide such deserving community groups with much-needed funding that helps make a difference to the local region.
“The monthly funding allocation offered through the #GreaterNewEngland program can have such a positive impact on community groups, particularly smaller ones that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year,” said Ms Smith.
“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the voting community, and see the difference it will make to Manilla Minor League.” | Jennifer Smith, Greater Bank Regional Manager
Both runners-up for the September round, Gunnedah & District Historical Society and Armidale Spinners and Weavers will also each receive a $1,000 grant.
The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in October, with voting open now and closing on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be Gunnedah Pottery Club Inc, Mullaley Public School and Tamworth & District Campdraft Club.
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. 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 visiting greater.com.au/greaternewengland and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.