Local Veteran and community groups stunned by surprise Maroochy RSL donation

A low key morning tea event turned into a full on celebration for 12 local Veteran and community organisations who each received $10,000 funding courtesy of the Maroochy RSL’s community contribution program.

Maroochy RSL CEO Jason Scanes said the funding was an important part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the local community which has seen $17m directed towards local Veteran and community groups over the past twelve years.

“We are thrilled to support so many important community groups and these donations are not possible without the support of Maroochy RSL’s members and guests and their generous patronage.

“It’s a real privilege to be able to give back to those volunteers and great community organisations who work so hard to look after our veterans and their families as well as vulnerable people and others who need support across the Sunshine Coast Mr Scanes said.

Paul Morton from Sunshine Coast based Inclusive Kids was one of the $10,000 recipients and he said he was thrilled to receive such a sizeable donation.

“This is just incredible for our organisation, this donation goes a long way to ensuring all 300 children in our care receive a Christmas gift this year.  This is the 13th year we have provided Christmas gifts to children and it’s important that we continue this work to put a smile of every child’s face over the festive season. It’s important for people to know that the Maroochy RSL’s generous donation will be spent locally within our community,” Paul said.

Managing Director of STEPS Carmel Crouch said the Maroochy RSL donation is another important shot in the arm for the long term local charity.

Steps – Michael & Students

“For us this is $10,000 which we do not need to raise ourselves, it goes straight into funding our Pathways Boarding College which provides permanent accommodation for up to 22 local students at our Caloundra Facility.

“We require around $660,000 to fund the Pathways Boarding College each year, so we do a lot of fundraising to ensure this important service continues. The Pathway facility opened in 2017 and over the past six years it has helped transform the lives of many individuals who have a disability along with their families,” Carmel said.

The full list of Maroochy RSL recipients include:

-Teens Take Control Sunshine Coast
-STEPS Sunshine Coast
-Maroochydore Scouts
-The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba
-Inclusive Kids Sunshine Coast
-Compass Assistance Dogs
-Dragon Boats Abreast Sunshine Coast
-Maroochydore Men’s Shed
-Hear & Say Sunshine Coast
-Act for Kids
-Saltwater Veterans
-Young Veterans Sunshine Coast

Maroochy RSL proudly has over 18,000 current members, 50 volunteers and employs 120 staff.

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