THE Eastern Shore’s Dominoes Basketball Club and Surf Life Saving Tasmania were among the 41 successful applicants across Tasmania to receive community grants through the newly established RACT Insurance COVID-10 Community Support Fund.
The RACT Insurance COVID-19 Community Support Fund was created to address the pressures local community groups and charities faced as a result of COVID-19.
RACT Insurance chief executive officer Trent Sayers said it was clear from the magnitude of funding requests received through the grant program that local community groups were struggling financially from the impact of COVID-19.
“There is significant need for these types of grants which help to fill a void in our community and support those groups whose normal operational cash flow has been disrupted, including assisting groups to cover ongoing fixed costs,” he said.
“Keeping our communities strong and connected is vital and we are very aware of the important role these groups will play in rebuilding and bringing us all back together as the threat of COVID-19 continues to ease.”
Mr Sayers said it had been a humbling experience to be able to provide financial support to so many groups and charities across the state which were struggling to make it through in these unprecedented circumstances.
“As Tasmanians we are all in this together and we take our role of supporting our community through this difficult time seriously,” he said.
The Dominoes Basketball Club is the oldest and largest basketball club on the Eastern Shore, and fundraising and sponsorship officer Angela Ogg said the $2,300 grant was a huge boost to the club.
“Our club has grown significantly in the last year from 32 teams to 42 teams prior to COVID-19, but with each of these teams came an increase in coaching kits, first aid kits, one use ice packs, new basketballs, court hire and so on,” she said.
“The grant will help reimburse some of these out of pocket expenses that we may not have been able to recoup.”
Surf Life Saving Tasmania is based in Mornington and has 22 surf lifesaving clubs and volunteer marine units across the state.
Caption: From left, RACT Insurance chief executive officer Trent Sayers and Surf Life Saving Tasmania chief executive officer Tony van den Enden.