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Still time for local volunteers.

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Still Time for Local Volunteers

15 November, 2000

Casey MP, Dr Michael Wooldridge, has encouraged local volunteer community organisations to contact him to get their applications for $5,000 grants from the Federal Government.

"Two weeks ago I announced that as part of next year's celebrations to mark the International Year of Volunteers the Federal Government is providing grants of $5,000 to local volunteer community organisations.

"The response has been overwhelming, with dozens of local groups contacting me for more information and application forms.

"Australians have a very proud tradition of volunteering and taking their own time to make positive contributions to the community.

"There has been no better example of this than during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Next year is the International Year of Volunteers and it will give each of us the opportunity to recognise the efforts of our own local volunteers," Dr Wooldridge said.

The International Volunteering Day will be launched on 5 December this year and to coincide with the launch the Federal Government will make available grants of up to $5,000 for individual local initiatives that are consistent with the objectives of the Year.

Applications for the first round of grants are open until 10 January 2001, and Dr Wooldridge has encouraged local volunteer organisations to make sure they get their applications in time.

"Every local volunteer organisation should think about applying for the funding and I'd like to assist in any way I can," Dr Wooldridge said.

Those interested should call Dr Wooldridge on 9724 9222, or visit his office in Croydon Road, Croydon.


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