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Medibank Community Grants: South Australia

Awards work promoting healthy eating, physical activity and community connectedness.

A school gardening cooperative, a healthy eating education program for disadvantaged young people, an exercise program for special needs Olympians and a wellbeing initiative for older men have all been awarded Medibank Community Grants to continue their inspiring work across South Australia.

Whyalla Men’s Shed, Special Olympics South Australia, Yankalilla Area School and Power Community Ltd have each received a share in $57,500 to put towards their programs, all of which encompass the Medibank Community Fund’s values of healthy eating, physical activity and community connectedness.

“Medibank Community Fund community grants are all about helping local organisations deliver the programs they know are needed to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in their regions,” says Dan O’Brien, Medibank Corporate Affairs General Manager. “In many cases, these programs fill a gap that is currently not being addressed in any other way.”

The grants will enable these groups to run and grow their programs to achieve even greater results. For example, Dr Gary Misan, president of Whyalla Men’s Shed, says the grant will allow them to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of their members through the construction of new facilities.

“The outdoor space at the shed will be an important element of the men’s shed, giving members with an active interest in gardening and being outdoors a chance to put those skills to good use for the benefit of all shed members, which ultimately benefits the wider community,” he says.

South Australian Medibank Community Grant recipients

Whyalla Men’s Shed

The Whyalla Men’s shed provides a weekly social outlet for men of all ages and backgrounds, where they can meet, make things, fix things, learn things, tinker away at odd jobs or simply share a cup of tea and a laugh. Eventually, the shed is planned to have a workshop, kitchen and lounge area, an outdoor garden and recreation area, a games room and computer suite, allowing activities including woodwork, metalwork, welding, leadlight, gardening, photography, computing, men’s health promotion and various social activities.

Special Olympics South Australia

Special Olympics South Australia brings the joy of sport and competition to children and adults with an intellectual disability giving them opportunities to achieve their personal best on and off the sporting field. With support from the Medibank Community Fund, they are now preparing athletes for this year’s National Games, which will be held in October.

Power Community Ltd

Power Community is the community development arm of Port Adelaide Football Club, established to plan and deliver community programs across South Australia and Northern Territory with a focus on engagement, leadership and pathways to employment. The Medibank Community Grant will enable Power Community to expand the Empowering Youth program, in which elite athletes and community staff visit secondary schools to engage with young people aged 13-16 years, encouraging them to make positive choices in relation to their health, wellbeing and education.

Yankalilla Area School

Yankalilla Area School has started a healthy gardening program with an organic focus. The Edible Kitchen Garden is situated on 7 hectares of land attached to the school, and provides students with hands-on experience growing, harvesting and preparing fresh garden produce and sharing at table with others. The program has a strong focus on the value of recycling, sustainability, nutrition, Indigenous foods and community involvement and is now an integral part of the school curriculum.

About Medibank Community Grants

The Medibank Community Fund Community Grants program operates in each Australian State and across New Zealand. It supports grassroots community programs that perform important roles in their local regions to encourage better health and wellbeing.

This year, 42 projects in Australia and New Zealand have been announced as the worthy recipients of 2014 Medibank Community Fund Community Grants.

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Four inspiring South Australian organisations have been awarded Medibank Community Grants to continue their work promoting healthy eating, physical activity and community connectedness.

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