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#GreaterIllawarra funding provides immediate relief for locals in need

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Nowra-based charity, Minute by Minute Disaster Relief is set to continue its invaluable work supporting locals in need after taking out the major share of this month’s #GreaterIllawarra funding round.

For winning this month’s community vote, Minute by Minute Disaster Relief will receive $2,000, which will be used to provide local seniors with woollen jumpers to keep them warm during the cooler months.

Minute by Minute Disaster Relief was established to provide immediate relief and support for those in need during and after any kind of disaster. Given the effects of the January bushfires and the COVID-19 crisis, their services have been in high demand.

They provide the community’s most vulnerable with a range of support including the delivery of groceries and other essential items to seniors in isolation as a result of COVID-19, as well as providing furniture and supplies to families affected by the recent bushfires.

The service also manages the Minute by Minute Op-Shop in South Nowra, with profits generated going back to supporting those in need.

According to Minute by Minute Disaster Relief President, Rodney Mitchell, winning this month’s funding round couldn’t come at a better time as demand for their services increases.

“We initially established Minute by Minute Disaster Relief as a way of supporting locals affected by the bushfires but we’re now seeing more and more people needing our help as a result of the floods and COVID-19,” Rodney explained.

“This money will make a huge difference to the work we do locally, and we plan to put it towards buying enough winter woollies to keep our seniors warm during the cooler months.”

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said it was clear the program continues to provide invaluable support to those community groups who need it most.

“Supporting the communities that support us is fundamental to our business especially during these challenging times and the #GreaterIllawarra funding program is a wonderful example of this philosophy,” said Mr Creagan.

“The monthly funding available through the program can make such a difference to community groups such as Minute by Minute Disaster Relief and the invaluable support they provide those in need.”

Both runners up for the May round, Hope In A Suitcase and Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence will each receive a $500 grant.

The June round of the #GreaterIllawarra program is now open until Wednesday, 24 June 2020 with Safe Shelter Shoalhaven, Southlake Illawarra BMX Club and The Movement Crew Wollongong all vying for a share in the $3000 funding.

Since launching in June 2018, the #GreaterIllawarra program has provided $81,000 to support 69 community and charity groups across the region.