Chapel secures grant to support families in need

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby and The King's Chapel's pastor Gerry McCoy.
Camera IconBaldivis MLA Reece Whitby and The King's Chapel's pastor Gerry McCoy. Credit: Picture: Chloe Fraser

The King’s Chapel in Wellard is among the first community groups to receive funding from the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The King’s Chapel, formerly known as the Freeway Church, will receive $23,000 grant as part of the first round of the $159 million COVID-19 relief fund established in late March.

The King’s Chapel’s Maighread Warchot said the grant would be used to help buy food to pack hampers to support local families in need.

She said the chapel had experienced an increase in demand for its services during COVID-19, with its usual 30 hampers distributed per week jumping to 50.

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“The vouchers will be used for food for our hampers,” she said.

“It will give us a bit of an injection because our supplies have dried up quite a bit.

“We’re not sure how long we will have the effects of people being out of work because of COVID-19 or how long it will go on for, but at the moment we are just preparing to see people through the next few months.

“The grant will really help with that.”

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the assistance of charity groups, including local churches, in helping to support the needs of the community was “especially vital right now”.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact in our community, not just on vulnerable families themselves, but on other groups and individuals who donate to charities,” he said. “This is why our State Government is ensuring Lotterywest is able to play a greater role in sustaining charity work.

“I urge all community groups in the Baldivis electorate who are supporting people impacted by COVID-19 to contact Lotterywest about available funding under this grant scheme.”

For more on grant programs, eligibility, closing dates and recently approved grants, visit lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants or call 133 777.

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