Helping hand for families

The 16 grant recipients had plenty of reason to smile. (supplied)

Sixteen not-for-profit groups in the Craigieburn, Donnybrook, and Wollert areas have been awarded a share of $24,000 at the third Donnybrae Community Fund evening, run by the Dennis Family Corporation.

This year’s event marked 21 years of the community fund during which time over $1 million has been distributed across Dennis Family Corporation’s residential estates in Melbourne and Queensland.

Held at Marnong Estate, Dennis Family Group director Grant Dennis hosted the event.

“The Dennis Family Corporation has a long history of seeking to help others in less fortunate circumstances,” said Mr Dennis.

“Our community fund is an important way of supporting and giving back to the neighbourhoods we create – and to have provided more than $1 million in grants across our history is something we are very proud of.”

Big Group Hug fundraising manager Maria Quigley was elated to receive a $1500 grant.

“The grant will have an instant impact on families in our area, allowing us to purchase 51 new high chairs,” she said.

“High chairs are integral for families as their newborns begin to take their first bites, but it is an item we never receive enough of through donations. We often see them tossed into landfill or on the side of the road.

“This funding will decrease the financial stress for a significant amount of families raising a young child.”

The other grant recipients were Craigieburn Cricket Club, Craigieburn Fire Brigade, Kalkallo Fire Brigade, Helping Hands Animal Rescue, Second Chance Animal Rescue, The Brahma Kumaris, Craigieburn Basketball Association, Bandicoot Chess Club, Craigieburn Little Athletics, Craigieburn Art Group, Craigieburn and District Diabetes Support, Whittlesea Community Garden, Hume Mens Shed, Craigieburn Salvation Army, and Compassion North Inc.

Gerald Lynch