Lighting the Fire for our children
FUNDING WIN FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM AT PITCH NIGHT
The Tamworth Opportunity Hub's Patrick Strong and Jacob Stanton successfully secured $62,500 funding for the School Holiday Program when they were given the opportunity to "pitch" the concept to a crowd of local community leaders at the Hunter New England Central Coast Public Health Network's (HNECC PHN) Pitch Night held on Thursday 12 April.
Wii wiima-li Gaaynmara-gal, which means "lighting the fire within our children," is the Tamworth LALC and Opportunity Hub's school holiday program which provides cultural and recreational opportunities for Aboriginal students from K - Year 6.
The innovative funding process saw three local organisations - the Tamworth Opportunity Hub, Beyond Empathy, and Gomeroi Education and Training - each presenting a project to support Aboriginal community wellbeing.
After the presentations, each audience member was given a vote, which they could use to support one or all of the projects, in order to distribute the funding available.
A spokesman for the HNECC PHN said that all of the presenters did “a wonderful job sharing their passions for empowering those in our region through their health initiative”.
$150,000 was allocated to the three projects on the night, with the Opportunity Hub taking out the largest share at $62,500.
The new funding will allow the Opportunity Hub to continue running the Tamworth LALC’s school holiday program until 2020.
Through the School Holiday program we are able to keep our kids positively engaged during the school holiday period and it’s another chance for them to connect with local role models, such as high school students who have volunteered their time, who they probably would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with.
The Tamworth Opportunity Hub staff would like to send a special thanks to Adrian Arndt, who first became involved with the School Holiday program as a Nestle volunteer, for making time to fly up and be our advocate for the Pitch Night.