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2013 Community Grants People’s Choice Award – VOTE NOW

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Over the last 10 years, NRMA Insurance’s Community Grants Project has supported more than 1400 projects nationally, and invested $5.8 million to help make Australian communities safer and more sustainable.

This year, 121 projects have been awarded a grant to aid in their community projects. (You can view the full list of recipients here). Of these, four finalists have the chance to double their grant, and it is up to you to vote for the idea that you think best contributes to the community.



Click to VOTE NOW


The Finalists


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Ignite Mentoring program
Category: Crime Prevention

Ingnite Mentoring Program is a community based mentoring service which provides guidance support and encouragement to socially disadvantaged youths and youths at risk. Focussing on strengthening the cultural identity, self esteem and resilience the program aims to break the cycle and show youths a different, brighter pathway for their future that includes education, work, leisure, and constructive work in their own community.

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Building disaster preparation capacity in Bundaberg
Category: Emergency Readiness and Response

A significant issue that was highlighted in the wake of ex tropical cyclone Oswald in January this year was the fact that the Bundaberg indigenous community had limited access to disaster preparedness and recovery information. The Australian Red Cross aims to address this issue by delivering disaster resilience workshops and training sessions to equip the indigenous community with the skills to cope with and reduce personal disruption caused by emergencies.

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hawksbury city council bike helmetsHawksbury City Council
Keep your lid on
Category: Road Safety

Despite research, showing that wearing a bicycle helmet in the event of a crash can reduce head injuries by 60% and brain injury by 58%, the Hawksbury City Council has found that it’s young cyclists often avoid wearing helmets as they are seen as ‘uncool.’
The Keep Your Lid on project aims to reverse these perceptions through a number of fun, engaging and interactive learning experiences,including art competitions, helmet checking day, safe riding techniques and confidence building exercises and road safety education.

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The Water Cycle
Category: Environment

RiverSmart Australia is concerned that since the end of the drought in Dubbo, old water wasting habits are making a reappearance. Also despite the excellent cycleway the community continues to rely heavily on motor vehicles as their primary mode of transport.
The Water Cycle cleverly addresses both of these issues into an interactive and educational activity covering 13 km of the Tracker Riley Cycleway which follows both sides of the Macquarie River. Participants cycle along the loop stopping at 10 locations to be quizzed about water conservation and reminded of ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The increased grant would allow them to extend the reach of the program and offer it to school in outlying areas also.

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Which one do you think should have their grant doubled? Remember, it could be your vote that makes the difference to an entire community.



Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.



Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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