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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (17 September) . .

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Dad's place would also like to take the opportunity to thank their supporters who include the Snow Foundation and Georgina Byron. Most of us in this place will be well aware of the philanthropic contribution they make to our community. Without their assistance the program would not be the success that it is today. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the important work of dad's place and CanFaCS in our community. If you would like to know more, you can visit www.canfacs.org.au/dads-place.

Canberra Southern Cross Club—grants

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.43): I rise tonight to talk about the Canberra Southern Cross Club's annual community supports grants luncheon. Last month I and several others had the pleasure of attending this function at the Southern Cross Club. The annual luncheon provides the opportunity for the Southern Cross Club to provide grants and donations to not-for-profit organisations that provide charity and welfare services to Canberrans.

At the luncheon the club provided $134,000 worth of grants to 75 community groups. This forms part of the $1.4 million the club will provide in community support this year. This is a sensational effort from a community club and shows just how important non-government organisations are in improving the health and wellbeing of our community. It also shows that government can be effectively complemented in the provision of community grants and community services.

As usual, grants were awarded this year to a number of different organisations which provided disability, craft, education, youth and medical services, to name but a few. Recipients of grants this year included the ACT Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Woden Valley Youth Choir's carols by candlelight, Chifley Preschool Parents Association, and Faith and Life Canberra, to name just a few. On top of this, the club also provides support to both Palliative Care ACT and Karinya House outside of their annual grant funds. This year the club was able to provide $13,000 to Palliative Care ACT and $28,000 to Karinya House.

I thank everyone involved in the Southern Cross Club for putting on this annual event. In particular, it is appropriate to recognise the club's board. Board members include the president, John Lewis; senior vice-president, Christopher Behrens; vice-presidents, Kim Marshall and Bob Lloyd; club directors, Paul Rollings, Mary Laughlin, David Grimmond, Paula Jones, Jack Rice and Ian Mackay.

I specifically acknowledge Kim Marshall, who chairs the board's community grants committee and puts in a lot of work to make the club's grants program a success. Kim was ably aided this year by fellow board member Mary Laughlin in allocating the grants. Congratulations also to the staff of the Southern Cross Club, in particular Geraldine Rossiter for her hard work in organising the day and making sure it was a success. I congratulate the Southern Cross Club on yet another successful grants program. For more information on the club's annual grants program, I encourage members to visit their website at www.cscc.com.au.


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