Easternwell grants program supports Pilbara community groups

Community groups in the Pilbara region have received more than $8,500 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum.

Much needed funds are going to a variety of groups including Earbus Foundation of Western Australia, Karratha Softball Association, Port Walcott Yacht Club, Dismantle and Relationships Australia Western Australia.

Program Manager of Earbus Foundation of Western Australia, Emma Cahill said that the grant was used to purchase important diagnostic equipment to strengthen their outreach programs currently supporting Aboriginal children and their families in the Pilbara, Goldfields, Kimberley and South West regions of Western Australia.

“Our focus is on early detection of middle ear disease, and its potential life-long effects on Aboriginal and at-risk children living in remote areas of Western Australia. If children can’t hear, they can’t learn. Through early detection of the disease, we can implement treatment programs to support Aboriginal children to reach their full potential socially and at school.”

Relationships Australia WA was another local recipient who received a grant to fund  first aid training for the Newman Women’s Empowerment Project (NWEP).

Senior Manager Aboriginal Services Angela Ryder said, “We provide workshops on social and emotional wellbeing, community development services and family and domestic violence. This training will equip community members, mostly Aboriginal women, who are responsible for the care and wellbeing of their families, with the necessary skills to provide basic first aid.”

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the Pilbara region, Pat Ryan from Dismantle said their grant was used to purchase mobile tool chests for their flagship mentoring program, BikeRescue.

“Through our program we restore 600 bikes each year which are donated to charity and provided to disadvantage young people who participate in our program. The tool chests will support youth engagement and development.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $98,500 to 57 groups in the Pilbara region.

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager, Tim Phelan, said the program was specifically developed to provide much needed support to local organisations that do so much in our communities.

“There are countless community groups, clubs and associations in our operating areas who provide important services to their communities.”

“Easternwell is focused on supporting the regions where we conduct business and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for community members who count on the vital support of these organisations in their day to day lives.”

The next round of Easternwell Community Grants opens June 2019. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

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