Local organisations thrive with generous donations in Canterbury ClubGrants 2023

Posted on Monday, 24 July 2023

A total of 20 deserving organisations recently received a collective sum of $287,628 in community grants, marking another remarkable year of Canterbury Leagues Club supporting important causes.

The grants, allocated through the ClubGRANTS program, went to diverse projects, each aimed at addressing pressing health and social welfare needs within the community. Canterbury’s commitment to making a positive impact on people’s lives was evident in the range of initiatives that received funding.

Among the notable recipients was Sir Roden & Lady Cutler which secured $33,000 to purchase a brand-new vehicle to add to their fleet of community medical patient transport vehicles which will operate from the League Club. An extra vehicle allows the organisation to accept more community medical patient bookings and expand its services.

“For patients and their immediate families, there is peace of mind knowing that there is a service to transport themselves and their family to and from critical medical and hospital appointments free of charge,” said Vince DelZio, CEO of Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation.

Canterbury Hospital, as always, remained a priority for the Club’s ClubGRANTS program. This year, $15,000 was allocated to support the hospital’s efforts to create a child-friendly paediatric emergency department that feels warm, bright and colourful by decorating its walls and ceilings with animated and colourful decal stickers. The decals will also act as visual cues for children and distract them whilst they undergo procedures.

Other community support includes $30,000 to Our National Heart to introduce more life-saving automated external defibrillators to the local area, $20,000 to Sweet Dreams Foundation to support victims and survivors of domestic violence, $12,323 to Canterbury City Community Centre to run two separate programs supporting women’s health as well as aged care, and $10,000 to RSPCA NSW for their ‘Social Inclusion for Elderly’ program where older people can access the resources they need to continue to care for, and keep, a pet.

Peter Winchester, Chairman of Canterbury League Club, expressed his excitement and pride in the club’s unwavering commitment to helping the community: “The heart-warming impact these projects create in our community is immeasurable. We are thrilled to play a role in nurturing local initiatives that bring about positive change and empower those in need.”