23.8 C
Byron Shire
March 3, 2024

First Nations initiatives awarded grants  

Latest News

On Wallum

We seem to rely way too much on Byron Council and councillors to have the knowledge or expertise in...

Other News

Teen charged following alleged break and enters – Evans Head and Broadwater

A teenager has been charged following alleged break and enters at two service stations at Evans Head and Broadwater.

SAE Institute now a University College

Creative media educator, SAE, says it is has been reclassified from institute to a University College. 

Time for marriage?

I have a huge dilemma that I thought your readers might be able to help me with. I never got...

Bulldozers

Council’s excuse for letting the bulldozers into the Wallum site is that it will lose in court and waste...

Smith MP urges planning minister to call in Wallum

Yesterday the media gathered at the proposed Wallum development at Brunswick Heads as Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina, held a conference to urge the NSW planning minister to refer the development the federal environment minister.

Mandy gets back to a little virgin sacrifice

The virgin sacrifice is bak with Mandy Nolan bringing the Northern Rivers a new batch of comedy virgins coming to the stage.

Amanda Dumesny and Kirilly Dawn. Photo supplied

A recent Women’s Giving Circle, run through local philanthropic organisation, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF), has awarded funds to two local projects supporting First Nations initiatives.

Held at Newrybar Hall, organisers say the $25,000 Empowering Women and Girls Grant was awarded to The Returning Indigenous Corporation, with Kirilly Dawn pitching her project of culturally safe postpartum care for First Nations mothers, led by First Nations women. 

NRCF Development & Engagement Manager, Lisa Machin, said, ‘The program includes consultations with dieticians and bush tucker knowledge holders​ to support 15 mothers and babies and 75 family members with nutrient-dense postpartum meals. Program referrals will be made from Aboriginal maternal infant health midwives​.

Girls Rock Cabbo

A second grant of $15,000 was awarded to The Big Scrub Orchestra, with their Girls Rock Cabbo (Cabbage Tree Island) music program. Amanda Dumesny pitched the project, and said, ‘It was such a wonderful feeling to have the support and backing of this group of strong and accomplished women who are so passionate about lifting the opportunities for women and girls in the Northern Rivers’.

‘The Northern Rivers is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, yet there are still so many people doing it tough in so many ways. This gives those who are more fortunate the opportunity and satisfaction of sharing some of their resources to help lift our communities overall. There is a real joy that can come from that flow of giving and receiving that can build quality of life for people on both sides of the equation. 

‘The wonderful partnerships and relationships that are formed can enrich both parties’, Dumesny said.

Pooled funds

Members of the Giving Circle each make a tax-deductible donation and the funds are pooled to create the annual Women and Girls Grant Program, with two finalists pitching their projects to the Circle.

Circle members then vote to award the grants.

To become a member of the Women’s Giving Circle or find out more, visit nrcf.org.au, or email [email protected].


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron influencers

I'd love to know the fashion swimwear evolution for the Bundjalung people swimming at Tyagarah, 60,000, 50,000, 40,000, 30,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 250 years...

How would you stop koalas going extinct in the wild?

The strategy for koala conservation is currently under review and the community is being asked for feedback on the best ways to help NSW’s endangered koalas.

First Australian made and owned rocket test flight coming…

Gilmour Space Technologies is looking to put Australia on the map when it comes to space flight with the first test flight of an Australian-made and owned rocket coming in a few months.

Mandy gets back to a little virgin sacrifice

The virgin sacrifice is bak with Mandy Nolan bringing the Northern Rivers a new batch of comedy virgins coming to the stage.