The not-for-profit organisation, Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club has taken out the January round of the #GreaterIllawarra program, benefitting gymnasts in the Illawarra region.
For winning this month’s community vote, Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club will receive $2,000 that will go towards improving Oak Flats’ club facilities including the installation of a competition standard spring floor for their gymnasts to train on.
The Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club was established in 2018 as a way of supporting the amazing work of the coaches and gymnasts from the self-funded Oak Flats Acrobatic Club.
Operating out of a ‘cowshed’ at Albion Park Showground, the acrobatic club provides classes and facilities for over 100 local gymnasts aged 4 – 21 years old allowing them to further develop their gymnastic skills.
The club already has a strong track record, having trained Olympic gymnast, Kirsty-Leigh Brown who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics as well as training countless World Championship representatives including Mykenna Collier, Jemima Clarke and Jessica Adams.
President of Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club, Robyn James said as a not-for-profit organisation, winning the #GreaterIllawarra funding round helps get them one step closer to being able to upgrade their club facilities.
“In order to provide our gymnasts with competition standard facilities, we need to install new springboard flooring which will cost at least $25,000 so we have been busy trying to raise funds to cover the cost of this upgrade,” she said.
“The funding from the #GreaterIllawarra program is an enormous help and will make a huge difference to the training facilities we can provide to all our gymnasts.”
Both runners-up for the January round, Superior Carr Brothers for Illawarra Convoy and Northern Illawarra Dance Company will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said it’s exciting to see the program continue to provide invaluable support to deserving sporting groups such as Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club.
"Supporting the communities that support us has always been a fundamental part of our business and this is a great example of how a small but generous funding contribution from the #GreaterIllawarra program can go a long way towards providing a local community group with much-needed assistance,” | Greg Creagan, Greater Bank Regional Manager.
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in February, with voting now open until Wednesday, 26 February 2020. Vying for their share in in $3,000 will be Warilla Baptist Preschool, Southern Lights Vocal Academy and Need a Feed Australia.
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaterillawarra 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/greaterillawarra and tell us in 100 words or less, how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.