Can Assist Gunnedah will benefit from more than $5750 in funding support after being awarded two grants under separate funding programs in recent weeks.

The cancer support charity was last week announced as a Community Choices Champion under the Essential Energy grants program. The group was awarded $2750 for its efforts.

This grant was one of just four awarded in Gunnedah region which also included Tamworth and surrounds.

This funding to Can Assist was preceded by a further $3000 grant in July under the Greater Bank’s New England Community Funding Program.

Can Assist Gunnedah secretary, Linda Lee, said the money will support people going through cancer treatment and their families.

“Our fundraising efforts go directly to these families through providing financial assistance for accommodation, fuel vouchers, grocery vouchers, payment of utility bills, pharmaceutical bills and medication bills,” Linda said.

Fellow member Kate Knight said the their work was supported by a great team.          

“Gunnedah Can Assist have an amazing group of volunteers who are willing to help at any fundraising event,” she said. 

“We would like to thank The Greater Bank for this opportunity and all those who voted.”

In June, Gunnedah Athletics Centre was also awarded a $3000 grant under the same funding program to improve facilities and equipment.

“It’s not just local schools but the zone and regional carnivals use our facilities as well, so this contribution is much appreciated not just by us, but by the athletics community in the New England North-West region,” Gunnedah Athletics Centre president, Kate Ceeney, said.

Meanwhile, an additional $1000 was awarded to Boggabri Women’s Shed as the July runner-up.

Greater New England regional sales manager, Will Boyd, congratulated all recipients on their grants and for their contribution to the Gunnedah community. Since the community funding program was first launched in 2016, more than 240 organisations across the region have benefited from $400,000 in grant funding.

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