COMMUNITY WINNERS: $2,500 was awarded to community groups today as part of Stockland Gladstone's grants The Gladstone men's shed association president Gerry Graham, secretary Ron Steen and Roseberry community services principal Kate Russ were two of the recipients.
COMMUNITY WINNERS: $2,500 was awarded to community groups today as part of Stockland Gladstone's grants The Gladstone men's shed association president Gerry Graham, secretary Ron Steen and Roseberry community services principal Kate Russ were two of the recipients. Paul Braven

Stockland grants a welcomed boost to community groups

FOR community organisations like Gladstone Men's Shed Association, this week's grants will allow them to power forward.

Stockland has donated $2500 in total to the Men's Shed, Rosella Park School P&C and Roseberry Community Services.

They were the lucky three out of more than 200 local community groups in the region that applied.

Stockland's aim was to help support community facilities, community-based programs and local opportunities.

Men's Shed president Gerry Graham said the group would put its $1000 towards some new tools and equipment to help keep their shed operating as a haven for men.

"Our purpose is to give men an outlet to tinker and socialise, as well as focusing on improving men's physical health and emotional well-being," he said.

"We really appreciate this money because, in our eyes, whatever we receive we make something of and put it back into the community, so it basically multiples to $10,000."

Roseberry Community Services will use its grant to fund the Branch Out program aimed at helping at-risk youth gain education and enter the workforce.

Rosella Park School plans to use the funds to purchase an aquatic wheelchair for water-based therapy sessions.
School principal Kate Russ was happy to hear the news.

"We were pleasantly surprised and, of course, very grateful to hear we had been awarded a $1000 grant from Stockland," she said.

"We look forward to seeing the change this new piece of equipment will make to the lives of our students."

Stockland chief operating officer Michael Rosmarin said he was very pleased to award the grant to such deserving community groups.

"These organisations help the community in which we operate to thrive and we truly value their continued hard work and support," he said.

Stockland's community grants were awarded to recipients who responded to a range of selection criteria relating to

Stockland's key community focus areas of health and well-being, lifelong learning and prosperity, or sense of belonging and vitality.

Stockland Gladstone marketing manager Terri Hewerdine said the organisation was proud to award these grants and she hoped it would help make the community an even better place to live.

"We would like to congratulate each winner for their efforts," she said.



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