Council awards $50,000 to the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

17/01/2017

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation has been awarded $50,000 by Georges River Council to help fund a program which supports children living in families affected by mental illness.
 
The funding, which was provided through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program, will go towards providing 65 children from the local area with access to respite camps over a 12-month period. 
 
Pam Brown, CEO of Kookaburra Kids, said: “This significant funding will ensure that children who have a parent with a mental illness from the Georges River area will have access to a program that will provide a support network and a safe environment to build coping skills and resilience.”
 
Pam explained it is very important for children to know they are not alone and that support is there for them.
 
“Many of these children are primary carers in the household, taking on responsibilities beyond their years,” she said.
 
“The program gives children the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and develop new friendships.”
 
“Kookaburra Kids is very grateful for this funding and will continue to deliver exceptional services to the children in the program.”
 
Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said Council is committed to supporting locally-driven projects which meet these local needs and builds a stronger community.
 
“Kookaburra Kids is a vital service within our community and has over 1100 children registered to receive support,” he said.  
 
“It is estimated that over 7,000 children in the Georges River Community are living in families that are affected by mental illness.”
“It is clear that the funding will make a lasting difference to the families and children that access Kookaburra Kids’ services.”
 
More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
 
Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, totalling $1 million in funding for local community groups.
 
For more information please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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