• Tony Bosworth

Hawkesbury organisations get government funding to help RAAF families feel at home


Two Hawkesbury organisations which support Australian Defence Force (ADF) families have received a funding support under the Australian Government’s Family Support Funding Program (FSFP).


Defence Richmond Family Centre will receive $10,000 to enhance their outreach work. One Giant Leap Foundation will receive $11,000 for their 'Rocket into Richmond RAAF’ project, which will see the Foundation work with Defence families to hold science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational workshops and events.


Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the government was supporting practical support and assistance to defence families through the FSFP.


“As the former Minister for Defence, I know that Defence families make significant sacrifices in the service of our nation,” Senator Payne said.


“This funding will go a long way to ensure Defence families, particularly those from RAAF Base Richmond, are supported and connected with the local community.”


Jackie Carpenter, Managing Director of One Giant Leap Foundation, said she was looking forward to working in the community to welcome the new families into the Richmond RAAF area.


“This funding will make such a huge difference,” Ms Carpenter said.


“With the impact of COVID-19, drought, flood and bushfires, to be able to give to our community and organise such a family-orientated program with support from the Minister, will bring smiles and laughter to many people, young and old alike.


“We believe that ‘Rocket into Richmond RAAF’ will allow incoming Defence families to be integrated into our vibrant community using an innovative, STEM based activity.”

Ms Wendy Dennes, Treasurer of the Defence Richmond Family Centre, said the funding would go a long way towards meeting their objectives.


“We are extremely grateful to receive this funding from Defence through their Family Support Funding Program,” Ms Dennes said.


“This funding enables DRFC to implement weekly programs of playgroup for Defence children, social and craft events for spouses, monthly family social events and programs that help support our members’ health and well-being.”


The two Hawkesbury-based organisations are among seven other not-for-profit organisations to receive FSFP support nationally.


The funding provided through the FSFP is available to community organisations to deliver support and services of value to Defence families and the community they live in.


The grants are managed by the Defence Community Organisation which provides a wide range of programs, information and assistance for defence families.


Defence families can contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information on accessing community resources.


For more information visit the Defence Community Organisation website: www.defence.gov.au/dco.


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