Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants on Song for Community Groups
A range of community groups across Brisbane's north-west have received funding as part of publicly-listed developer Cedar Woods Properties’ third annual Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants Program.
A total of 18 groups received funding of $2000, $1000 or $500 through the program, to help them continue making a positive difference to the local community.
Cedar Woods’ Senior Development Manager, Peter Starr, said the Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants submissions were a stand-out this year.
“This year we’ve had more submissions than previous years, and although it was challenging to judge the winners, we are honoured to showcase the ongoing efforts of the fantastic groups in our local community,” he said.
“The Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants are our way of highlighting the tireless work being undertaken by local schools, sporting groups and community organisations, who are truly making the community thrive.
“The 18 recipients this year have gone above and beyond in their enterprising spirit and dedication to the local community, and by making a contribution to foster and encourage their growth, is our way of ‘paying-it-forward’.”
The Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants were awarded to non-profit community groups, who have been in operation for more than 12 months.
Choir group, the Serenata Singers, who, through the power of voice, have enriched the lives of local seniors by performing at aged care facilites, along with a range of community events, received a $1000 grant.
Desleigh Byrne, who has been part of the Serenata Singers for 10 years, said the funding would go toward the purchase of new sheet music to expand the group’s repertoire.
“Our goal is to ensure the seniors are always entertained, and we hope they’ll get a real kick out of some exciting new tunes we will be rehearsing thanks to this amazing opportunity,” she said.
“We are so grateful to have receieved this grant and believe every little bit counts in order for us to keep doing what we love for as long as we possibly can.
“There are so many benefits to what we do, not only do we come together in a social setting and have fun with our friends but in turn get the chance to entertain seniors and see the smiles on their faces.
“Music and singing is a very powerful form of therapy and we have seen a number dementia patients who will mouth the words to the songs they remember and become incredibly responsive to the music by tapping their feet and picking up the rhythm.
“It warms our hearts to be able to continue performing, and without Cedar Woods’ grant, we wouldn’t have been able to expand our sheet music and keep our show fresh.
“We operate on a 12-month concert schedule so this grant will allow us to learn new material for the next year of performances.
“The Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants is a wonderful initiative and it’s fantastic to see how much Cedar Woods cares about the local community and the small organisations making a difference.”
The Serenata Singers perform at a number of hostels, retirement villages, schools, churches and Brisbane events. The 50-strong choir, with a four-part harmony, shows no signs of slowing down – with most members well into their seventies.
Other grant recipients this year include; St Andrew’s School, Arana Ascot Junior Hockey Club, Ferny Grove Neighbourhood Watch, Legacy Club of Brisbane, Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre, Hilder Road State School P&C, Wahminda Park Scout Group, Enoggeroos Orienteering Club, St. William’s Primary School Grovely P&F Association, Mitchelton Youth Club, Keperra Country Golf Club, Wesley Mission QLD, Clear Breeze, Ferny Hills State School P&C, Keperra Mainly Music, Payne Road State School P&C, and both the St John’s Wood/The Gap and Grovely Conferences of the St Vincent de Paul Society.