Community groups benefit from surfy grants

Community group representatives gather at the Coolum Beach Surf Club where the groups were recipients of funding form Coolum Beach Surf Club’s Community Benefit Fund. Photo: Contributed  

IN A SHOW of community helping each other the Coolum Beach Surf Club recently handed out a staggering $55,000 to local community groups via their Community Benefit Fund.  

Recipients included Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Quota Coolum Beach, Yandina State School and Coolum HeARTs amongst many others.  

Coolum Surf Club General Manager Malcolm Wright said that since 2010 the Community Benefit Fund had donated over $700,000 to community groups and not for profit organisations in the local area.  

“The Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Supporters Club was very happy to donate almost $55,000 to the Coolum Beach and surrounding community through our Community Benefit Fund. 
“The money will be used for such things as renovations, new equipment and member services.”  

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care representatives publicly stated how happy they were with their funding.  

“Coast Care volunteers were very happy to accept a generous donation from Coolum Surf Club Community Benefits fund… Coolum Surf Club are not only wonderful community supporters but also assist our organisation in turtle rescues too.” 

Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie was in attendance on the day and further sung the praises of the funding.  

“The $55k they handed out last week brings the total to around $700k the Surf Club has given back to community groups at Coolum through this generous initiative. 

“Thank you, Coolum Surf Club, for making a real difference to the lives of those doing it tough in our community.” 

Coolum-Peregian RSL Sub Branch, who will use the donated funds to update their audio-visual equipment. 
Coolum Peregian Swimming Club Inc who will purchase equipment to allow them to develop and improve the strokes of their club members.   

Noosa Coolum Salvos to assist with plans to renovate part of its space to accommodate a more suitable training kitchen. 

Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled – RDA Inc who will purchase a reliable refrigerator/freezer to keep food fresh and store medication. 

Peregian Springs State School will upgrade their school tuckshop with commercial-grade equipment. 

Coolum SES Group will purchase Snake Gaiters to increase the safety of their members. 
Coolum Meals On Wheels will update their hot box with a newer model. 

Coolum & North Shore Coast Care will upgrade their mobile phone and accessories to improve their communication and effectiveness. 
Coolum HeARTs will replace their older Djembe drums.  
Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club who will use the funds to create club merchandise.   

St Vincent de Paul in Coolum who will use the money to continue to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the Coolum community.  
Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club will provide extra incentives to their active members throughout the season. 
North Arm State School will enhance their main entryway. 
Yandina State School will establish a Futsal program on their new court. 
Quota Coolum Beach Inc who will use the funds to support their fundraising stalls.  

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