Federal MP Janelle Saffin says 75 volunteer organisations in Page had some early Christmas cheer after receiving funding from the Australian Government’s $21 million Volunteer Grants Program for 2009.

Ms Saffin said the Australian Government grants of between $1000 and $5000 recognise the strength and diversity of non-profit organisations right across her electorate.

“This is the Government’s way of offering wonderful support to the tens of thousands of volunteers in Page,” she said.

“All volunteers put in an enormous amount of hours to help improve our community life.

“I’m particularly pleased that there has been an increase in the number of successful recipients from 45 in Round One last year to 75 in Round Two this year.”

Ms Saffin said grants have gone to organisations in the local communities of Alstonville, Ballina, Bonalbo, Broadwater, Casino, Coraki, Evans Head, Grafton, Iluka, Kyogle, Lawrence, Lismore, Wardell and Yamba.

“These include hospital auxiliaries and health support groups, sporting and recreation clubs, service clubs, emergency services, Parents and Citizens associations, environmental societies, cultural and arts organisations, historical and floral societies,” she said.

“Money will be used to purchase new equipment and to cover the cost of fuel, and this funding will ease the financial pressure on our non-profit organisations and their volunteers.

“Equipment includes computer hardware and software, barbecues for fundraising events, generators, public address systems, first aid kits, office furniture and tools.”

For the full list of successful organisations, please go to http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/volunteers/funding/Pages/volunteer_grant09.aspx