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Charity a lot cooler with grant funding

Daniel Bouwmeester    February 8, 2024    2 min read   

Springfield based not-for-profit charity Westside Community Care has received a grant valued at $35,000 as part of the state government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The community outreach organisation, which runs a food bank at the Camira Springfield Community Centre, will use the funds to purchase a refrigerated vehicle.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund, a state government initiative, is Queensland’s biggest one-off grants program, and issues several rounds of grants each year.

It has distributed more than $1.15 billion in community grants since its inception in 1994.

Jordan MP Charis Mullen said she was pleased to announce that the fund will benefit community groups in her electorate to the tune of $101,500.

“I am so pleased to see three Jordan organisations receive a share of this funding through the latest round, supporting them to continue their good work in our community, Ms Mullen said.

“Westside Community Care will receive $35,000 for the purchase of a refrigerated vehicle, which will allow them to expand their food relief program.

The Mater Private Hospital Springfield has received $35,000 for the purchase of a gastroscope.

The Thai-Australian Association of Queensland has been awarded $31,500 to assist with future community events in Greater Springfield.

“The impact of this funding will reach far beyond the immediate recipients and will help to achieve outcomes that may have otherwise been out of reach.

“I would encourage any local groups in the Jordan Electorate who have an important project in mind, to apply for funding through Round 120 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which is now open,” Ms Mullen said.

Applications for Round 120 close on 29 February 2024.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.