Season of goodwill: Hastings Co-op gives out community grants

The 2017-18 Community Chest grants recipients celebrate with a thumbs-up.
The 2017-18 Community Chest grants recipients celebrate with a thumbs-up.

Hastings Co-op has delivered good news to 13 local community groups, just in time for Christmas, who will share in more than $17,000 in Community Chest grants for new equipment and projects.

Successful groups include: Wauchope Swimming Club, Wauchope Lions Club, Beechwood Public School, King Creek Rural Fire Brigade, Wauchope Public School, Comboyne Community Association, Hastings Public School, Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Club, Wauchope Cricket Club, Hastings Old Holdens, Wauchope Community Pre School, Wauchope Junior Rugby League Club and Wauchope Netball Club.

Chief executive officer Allan Gordon said an estimated $212,500 had been returned to the local community since the program’s inception. He thanked IGA customers who play a pivotal role in the program’s success, with funds from specially marked products, including the Community Co. range, contributing to the grants.

“It’s great to see that the non-for-profit groups hail from all corners of the Hastings and represent everyone from schools and sporting clubs to emerency services, volunteer and special interest groups,” he said. 

“We hope each of the groups, their members, volunteers and the wider community enjoy the benefits of these grants for many years to come.”

The funds will be presented to recipients at a function at Wauchope Senior Citizens Hall on February 7, 2019.