Mid West Ports Community Grants Program

Published: Tuesday, 7 July 2020 at 1:24:08 PM

Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA) recently finalised its grants recipients for the 2019/20 financial year with a total of is $119,998.94 being allocated toward community group events and initiatives.

MWPA CEO, Dr Rochelle Macdonald said “we acknowledge the contribution community groups make in improving social, cultural and educational factors in a community. As a large organisation operating in the Mid West, we are committed to making a difference in this region through the support of these community groups who offer benefit in these areas”.

MWPA is pleased to announce the recipients of grants in the 2019/20 financial year as follows:

• Headspace Geraldton, staff led fundraising activities including Outside the Locker Room events, and auction of unused assets. Headspace Geraldton provide free mental health services to local youth;
• Shine Geraldton, supporting, educating and empowering girls at risk of disengaging, with the life skills and emotional tools to combat personal disruption, and disconnection from school;
• Royal Flying Doctors Service, donation;
• Desert Blue Connect, Community Connect Project;
• Outside the Locker Room, mental health education program delivered to MWPA staff, stakeholders, business community, schools and sporting clubs in July 2019 and March 2020;
• Australian Red Cross, 15x cartons of soup containers;
• Geraldton Yacht Club, 2 years season sponsorship;
• Geraldton Touch Football Association, 2 years season sponsorship;
• Midwest Bounce & Fun, Father’s Day Festivities;
• Team Iluka MACA Cancer 200: Ride for Research, sponsorship;
• Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Hollomby Foundation - $2500 grant for an Engineering Student & $2500 grant for an Environmental Science student;
• Midwest Multicultural Association, Festival of Lights & Harmony Day, sponsorship;
• Geraldton Mission to Seafarers, grant for building extension & Seafarer Christmas gift bags;
• Geraldton Women’s Refuge, donation of towels and sheet sets;
• Flotsam & Jetsam event, a community driven Clean Up Australia Day initiative which recycles rubbish collected from the Abrolhos Islands, into art created by locals;
• Geraldton Boardriders Junior Development Club, toward a State Junior Boardriding event in Geraldton;
• Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Beach Clean Up event;
• Geraldton Scouts, facilitation of learning and MWPA collaboration in an activity badge;
• Geraldton Bowling Club, purchase of new bowl sets for commencement of bowls in schools program;
• Variety WA Midwest, shade & presents for the Kids Christmas Party;
• Mid West Charity Begins at Home Charity Fundraising Gala; and
• Ocean Heroes Limited, surfing event for kids on the autism spectrum.

“We had many really worthy applications for our grants program which were all considered by a committee, assessed to identify those that align closest with our eligibility requirements and the overall vision and values of the Port. It is fantastic to see so many active community groups in the Mid West contributing substantially to the vibrancy of our region. It is a pleasure to support them”, Dr Macdonald said.

MWPAs annual Community Grants Program supports local organisations and groups making a positive contribution to the community aligned with MWPAs organisational values.

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