VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Fairbax Ted O'Brien announced a funding boost for local volunteer organisations.
VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Fairbax Ted O'Brien announced a funding boost for local volunteer organisations. Patrick Woods

Volunteers to share in more than $100,000

VOLUNTEERS across the Sunshine Coast will receive more than $145,000 in funding to continue their valuable work around the region.

River Road Equine Assisted Learning in Maroochy River is among the 37 grant recipients and will use $2163 to put seven volunteers through first aid and CPR training.

Organisation spokeswoman Lisa Warren said they helped children develop self-esteem, confidence and team work while working with horses.

Alex Power, Gabby Westbrook, MP Ted O'Brien, Angel Bermingham and Coco Parenty at River Road Equine Learning, one of 37 volunteer organisations across Fairfax to share in $145k in Volunteer Grants.
Alex Power, Gabby Westbrook, MP Ted O'Brien, Angel Bermingham and Coco Parenty at River Road Equine Learning, one of 37 volunteer organisations across Fairfax to share in $145k in Volunteer Grants. Patrick Woods

"We work with young people for a wide range of reasons,” she said.

"Sometimes they've been diagnosed with ADHD, have cognitive delays, learning or behavioural difficulties and other times they're high-flying kinds and the program becomes an extension activity about leadership and teamwork.

"They often start out quite fearful but then develop a beautiful connection with their horse which does wonders for their confidence.”

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien announced the funding today to support volunteers and their organisations "who are the backbone of community”.

"Volunteers play a critical role in helping build strong, resilient communities and the spirit of volunteerism is certainly alive and well on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

"This year we have 37 organisations across Fairfax sharing in more than $145,000 from our Volunteer Grants program.

"The grants range between $1000 and $5000 and can be used for things like the cost of training volunteers, doing background checks where they're needed or reimbursing volunteers for the cost of fuel or transport.”

Other organisations benefiting from the grant include Nambour and District Historical Museum and Coolum-based Care Outreach.



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