Buderim Foundation distributes more than $50,000 to its 2015 grant recipients

18 community organisations were awarded a total of more than $50,000 when Buderim Foundation grants were presented at its annual Good News Night held in the Buderim War Memorial Hall on Friday September 11.

Now into its 12th year of operations and its eighth year of awarding grants, the Buderim Foundation is an undoubted success story of growth and achievement for the community it strives to serve.

Funds raised by the Foundation are carefully invested, and then the interest earned is distributed to community organisations serving the 4556 postcode area each year.

This year 18 different organisations are benefiting after applying for funding for specific projects.

Buderim Foundation Chairman Professor Paul Clark said the $50,740 awarded on Friday evening brought the total funding provided to the community since commencement of its grants program to more than $200,000. During this time 57 grants have been awarded ensuring broad support to different organisations right across the community.

Professor Clark said that each year more people become aware of the Foundation and generously donate money, and as a result there are more funds to inject back into the Buderim community.

“The Foundation’s grants program offers the opportunity for those that develop worthwhile community initiatives benefiting Buderim and its residents to receive funding for their fine work.

“The more money raised, the more funds there are to distribute, and I am happy to say that every year this amount grows,” Professor Clark said.

The Buderim Foundation is delighted to announce the 2015 Community Grant recipients are:

Buderim Contract bridge Club Inc. – Air conditioning of the clubhouse $5400

Buderim Cricket Club Inc. – Oval shade structures $1186

Sunshine FM Radio – Station security and computer upgrade $2625

Hot Ginger Chorus – Barbershop singing and musical concert $1220

Buderim Garden Club – 70th Anniversary Banksia Spinulosa Project $1000

Sunshine Coast Square Dance Centre – Street art promoting Centre activities $1600

Siena Catholic Primary School – Automated composter and recycling bins $4500

Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus – Sound equipment for events $1172

Buderim P&C Committee – Storage shed for school swimming pool $2348

2nd Lighthorse Regiment, Woombye Troop Assoc Inc. – Uniform/Kit for one trooper and Saddle/Tack for one horse $1764

Care Flight Rescue – Tractor-style vehicle to position helicopter for quick take-offs $6695

Fusion Community Care – Volunteer Management System to promote local volunteerism $4400

Suncoast Community Legal Service – Community legal education theatre about Wills and Powers of Attorney $3400

Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens – Whipbird Walk Sensory Trail for children – $5500

Hear and Say centre for deaf children – School hearing screening program for Buderim primary school children $5500

Buderim Concert Band – Glockenspiel for lending to new players $1000

Maroochy State Emergency Service – Tablets to improve response times and support during disasters $1430

BWMCA – Contribution towards staging the Buderim Community Expo scheduled for the last weekend in November $4500

The goal of the Buderim Foundation is to enrich and enhance the quality of life for Buderim and its residents, past and future. The Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation that generates income from donations and bequests from local community residents which it distributes by way of annual grants for community projects.

The grants are offered to not-for-profit organisations in the Buderim community, or not-for-profit Sunshine Coast community organisations that are able to provide services to the Buderim community.

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