CHEERS TO VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann with local volunteer groups who received funding from the Volunteer Grants Program.
CHEERS TO VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann with local volunteer groups who received funding from the Volunteer Grants Program. Photo Contributed

Our Somerset volunteers win

LOWOOD RSL are over the moon to receive a much needed volunteer grant of $4700.

They are one group out of 48 local organisations which shared in the $164,212 worth of funding, given to support volunteer organisations and the people who freely give their time to better our community.

Mark Anthony, who has been volunteering at Lowood RSL for 12 years said the funding would be an immense help.

"The money will be going towards buying some new fridges for our kitchen we are currently upgrading," Mr Anthony said.

"Without the upgraded equipment, we can't do our job supporting the community and veterans.

"We put on meals for people on a Thursday night, which is $10 for a three-course meal, it's our own fundraiser."

Mr Anthony said the Lowood branch relied heavily on volunteers.

"I wish we had more. We are always looking for bus drivers, kitchen workers, gardeners," Mr Anthony said.

"If people are interested, then we will find a job for them."

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said he was delighted to announce 48 community volunteer groups had secured a total of $164,212 to support 1040 volunteers from Ipswich and the Somerset Region as part of the Volunteer Grants program.

"One of the biggest challenges to community groups in Ipswich and the Somerset region is securing their financial future and finding the funds to support volunteers who deliver programs and services to our community," Mr Neumann said.


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