Foundation supports We Care Connect and Cerebral Palsy Alliance

We Care Connect’s Derryck Klarkowski

Two community organisations working to make the Central Coast a better place have received grant funding from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

We Care Connect and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance both received funding under the Foundation’s latest allotment, with the monies to be spent on improving their services to the community.

We Care Connect is a volunteer network assisting families battling poverty on the Central Coast.

Volunteers collect donations of children’s and baby goods to give to struggling families.

They then liaise with local support agencies and social workers to ensure the items get to people who truly need them.

They also run a home cooked meal program with the Toukley Neighbourhood Centre.

In the past three years alone, We Care Connect has collected and delivered over 60,000 items to families in need and helped cook and distribute over 8000 meals to the hungry.

They’ve received a $48,000 grant to purchase a new van to help with collection and delivery.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people and their families living with cerebral palsy and other neurological and physical disabilities.

Their priority is to help people living with neurological and physical disabilities live a happy, fulfilling, independent and inclusive life.

The charitable organisation has received $77,000 to provide Magic Carpet physical therapy systems for clients at its Erina centre as well as the centres at Port Macquarie and Alstonville.

Charitable Foundation Chair, Phil Neat, said the Board was committed to continuing its pivotal support role in these communities, which was now important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

“The Charitable Foundation has a remarkably simple mission – to help people who are disadvantaged, marginalised or isolated in our regional communities.

“Despite the challenges presented to our communities in the past six months, we remain committed to our mission to support regional charitable organisations that make our communities healthy, safe and more resilient,” Neat said.

Press release, Jun 10
Holly Lambert, Enigma PR