Bank lends a hand to community groups

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Coastal Districts Care Emergency Relief members can now expand their program thanks to the grant.
Camera IconCoastal Districts Care Emergency Relief members can now expand their program thanks to the grant.

P&N Bank has provided grants to two community groups providing valuable support in the Rockingham area.

Coastal Districts Care Emergency Relief provides emergency relief for the homeless and low-income families experiencing hardship. This includes the provision of food hampers, chemist vouchers for medication, SmartRiders, toiletries and financial counselling.

The group received the grant from P&N to assist it to provide underprivileged children an opportunity to take part in extra school activities, such as swimming lessons or excursions.

Coastal Districts Care member Bruce Campbell said the not-for-profit group would be able to expand into another four schools using P&N’s grant.

“Our Back to School program provides $500 to primary schools which they can split into $50 or $100 to give to children who can’t afford to pay for excursions or after-school activities,” he said. “We have serviced 20 schools in 2021 so far, supporting more than 300 students over the past two years, and would like to try and expand this program in 2022.”

Cycling Without Age in Rockingham also received a grant, to help the group continue to provide free rides and achieve its mission of building bridges between generations, helping prevent loneliness and providing elderly people an opportunity to avoid social isolation.

Rockingham branch manager Bec Slevin said P&N Bank was pleased to be able to extend support to dedicated and passionate local community organisations.

“The Helping &nds program provides financial assistance where it is needed most, such as worthy recipients like Coastal Districts Care and Cycling Without Age, to ensure they can continue the incredible work they do in our community,” she said.

P&N Bank customers can nominate local community organisations, or individuals in need, for a grant.

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