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Grants for deserving local organisations

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

(From left) Rainbow Preschool’s Holly Magookin, Novita’s Cathryn Blight, Jennifer Custauce, Silverlea Early Childhood Services’ Tenille Hawes, Broken Hill City Library’s Fallon Spangler and Tracey Fraser with (front) former RRAN president Stacey Evers. PICTURE: Emily McInerney (From left) Rainbow Preschool’s Holly Magookin, Novita’s Cathryn Blight, Jennifer Custauce, Silverlea Early Childhood Services’ Tenille Hawes, Broken Hill City Library’s Fallon Spangler and Tracey Fraser with (front) former RRAN president Stacey Evers. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Four local organisations have shared in $10,000 thanks to the Rural and Remote Autism Network’s mini grants.

The local autism network was developed to support families across the region and made the tough decision to disband at the end of June.

The network, originated in 2011 in Wellington, has been run in Broken Hill by President Stacey Evers and her committee.

Mrs Evers said, in April that the committee had made the decision to call it a day.

“We’re a small committee made up of volunteers, we’re all burnt out. 

“We wanted to finish on a high note. We’ve achieved great things and we didn’t want it to get to a point where it wasn’t that way.

“We’ve achieved our objective which was to raise awareness and provide support.”

As part of the wind-up, RRAN were asking for applications for their ‘mini grants’ which was their resources and money they were looking to  

redistribute.

Novita, Rainbow Preschool, Silverlea Early Childhood Services and the Broken Hill City Library were the lucky recipients of the grants.

“All of these organisations put in an application stating what they would use the money for,” Mrs Evers said.

“They were all great applications.

“They had great ideas about how they would use the funds and it meant that everybody got something.

“We were really happy with that.”

Mrs Evers said each organisation was also taking on initiatives that RRAN used to offer.

“It means our work can continue, which is really exciting.

“It’s great to see groups who are passionate be able to provide resources to people with autism in the community.”

Mrs Evers said all up they were able to give $10,000 between the four organisations.

“We also allocated our resources, so our books, the robots and other bits and pieces that we had.”

Mrs Evers said it was a bittersweet moment to finally call it a day.

“It was a hard decision to come too, but in the end it was the right decision.

“It was better for us to go this way.

“We are still really passionate about promoting autism awareness in the community; I will explore other avenues to remain involved.”

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