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Ballina RSL gives back to community

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(L-R) Julie Davies from Ballina Netball Association, Bill Coulter CEO Ballina RSL, Joan Gibson from Ballina Public School, and Stacie Luppi from Ballina Public School. Photo David Lowe.

Now in its 14th year, the Ballina RSL Club grants scheme is once again supporting local community groups, charities, and sporting groups.

Each year the RSL provides funding to around 100 local organisations, and has given out over $4m in cash and in-kind assistance since the scheme’s inception. This year’s grant program amounted to $248,000, and was announced yesterday at the Ballina RSL.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance purchased equipment for babies and children. Ballina Netball Association, who lost their clubhouse to fire last year, received kitchen items to support the opening of the canteen.

Lennox Head Community Pre-school gained some playground upgrades and sensory items for additional needs children, and Alstonville’s branch of Autism Spectrum Australia purchased iPads for learning programs.

Another grant recipient was Ballina Public School, who received lunches through the meals program.

Joan Gibson and Stacie Luppi from the school (pictured) were among many recipients who attended the socially distanced gathering at the RSL yesterday, along with Ballina Mayor David Wright.

‘Giving back to the community is something Ballina RSL Club is extremely passionate about,’ said Bill Coulter, CEO of Ballina RSL. ‘We have many community groups in Ballina Shire who work hard for great things to happen. For the club to provide some assistance is so rewarding.’

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