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April 10, 2021

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$10,000 was handed over last week to Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Photographed left to right: Zeke Huish – Westpac Helicopter, Blue McNally – chairman Ballina RSL Club, Mr Les McGuire – past patient, Bill Coulter – CEO Ballina RSL Club.

Ballina Coast High School’s hospitality students are the winners after their school became first-time ClubGRANTS recipients.

The students looking to build a career in the food and drink industry, one of the major employers in the region, have more to look forward to, after receiving the news that the Ballina RSL Club’s hospitality-management team are looking to further develop their relationship with the school from a work-experience level through to career training and potential employment pathway opportunities as well. 

But there were other winners after Ballina RSL Club this week held their annual morning tea for the community groups who received a grant through the organisation’s Community ClubGRANTS scheme. 

This year there were over thirty recipients from the Ballina Shire community who each submitted an application for items that their community organisation desperately needed financial support for.

‘Giving back to the community is a big part of our business,’ said Bill Coulter, CEO Ballina RSL Club. ‘This year’s recipients included Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Biala, Ballina Lions, Cerebral Palsy Centre in Alstonville, and Ballina Scouts just to name a few.’ 

Since the inception of the ClubGRANTS initiative, Ballina RSL Club has made an enormous difference to thousands of community groups with over four million dollars cash and in kind given out alone to the Ballina Shire community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in the local region.

To be eligible to apply for a ClubGRANT, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services, or employment-assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL website www.ballinarsl.com.au.

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