Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined Linda Morely of Anglicare Community Services to congratulate them as a successful recipient of a NSW Government grant of $3050 to celebrate the invaluable contribution of grandparents and older people in Penrith.
Anglicare are having a mural painted by a local Aboriginal Elder along with village residents, Xavier school students and local pre-school students. The official unveiling will be on 16 October and the day will include an Aboriginal painting workshop facilitated by artists from the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Education Centre.
“Local organisations like Anglicare are the lifeblood of our community and this funding is another win for Penrith,” said Stuart Ayres.
Additional recipients of Grandparents Day Grants in Penrith are Penrith City Council, $10,000 and Penrith South Public School $935.
Penrith City council will host an event at Jamison Park and Penrith South Public School will hold a special grandparents day.
“The Grandparents Day Events Grant program will enable these organisations to host events that focus on appreciating and connecting older people with their community, regardless of their age or ability,” Stuart Ayres said.
Events funded by the Grandparents Day grants will be held between Sunday 15 October and Sunday 12 November 2017.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said the NSW Government has championed the day to celebrate grandparents since 2012 as an initiative under the state’s first Ageing Strategy.
“The NSW Government has doubled funding for this program to $200,000 as a way to thank grandparents and older people for their hard work in our local communities,” Mrs Davies said.
All not-for-profit and community organisations, schools, childcare centres, and local government authorities based in NSW were eligible to apply.
For more information about NSW Grandparents Day 2017 please visit www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au .