I was very pleased to visit Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital today, representing the Minister for Health, to present a Lotterywest cheque for $400,000 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The funds will go towards the fit-out and technology for the Starlight Express Room at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The room, including operation for three years, is a $3.8 million project.
Starlight has been operating for 27 years and is the only children’s charity to have permanent presence in all children’s hospitals around Australia. Starlight, who last year supported 146,000 sick and chronically ill children and teenagers across Australia, is now headquartered in the electorate of South Perth.
It was great to visit the Starlight Express Room at PMH, meet two Starlight Captains, and be shown around what is such a family friendly facility that has been used by so many West Australians.
The cheque presentation ceremony was attended by Jayne Graham (State Partnership’s Manager for Starlight), Lorraine Discoll (General Manager at LotteryWest), Paul Andrew (CEO of LotteryWest), Simon Price (Director of Azure Capital and board member of Starlight), Frank Daly (Assistant Chief Executive of the Child and Adolescent Health Service and Perth Children’s Hospital Commissioning) and Tina Chinery (Executive Director of Perth Children’s Hospital).
Lotterywest is committed to building a better Western Australia, and provides a vital source of support for public hospitals, sports, the arts, thousands of non-for-profit communities groups like Starlight. In 2014, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the Western Australian community. Western Australia is the only State where money raised from Lottery products is distributed back to the community.
As inaugural Patron of the Manning Men’s Shed I was pleased to attend and speak at the official opening this week. I have been fortunate to be involved early on in the project that started three years ago as an idea by Hilary Peters, then secretary of the Manning Senior Citizens Centre.
I am proud to be Patron of a place for men in in my electorate to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment. The Shed will be a place where men can work on meaningful DIY projects, form friendships and get support from other men.
I congratulate the Manning Senior Citizens Centre and the City of South Perth for working together to see this idea become a reality. I also commend Lotterywest, who provided a grant for the Shed’s construction, and other community organisations in my electorate that generously provided funding and support to the Shed, including the Royal Perth Golf Club, City of South Perth RSL Club, Southcare, IGA Preston Street, Rotary Club of Como, Manning Lions Club and South Perth Lions Club. Como Secondary College also allowed a group of volunteers to use the College facilities to work on small projects including the renovation of donated tools and equipment.
I encourage all men in the electorate to get behind the Manning Men’s Shed.
Last month I presented a cheque for $150,000 to the Manning Seniors Citizens’s President, Mr Robert Burton to assist in the construction of a publically accessible Manning Men’s Shed. The hub’s construction was made possible by a Lotterywest grant.
Recently we’ve seen a movement driven by older, retired men establishing these hubs and the Shed will be a place where men can go to do DIY jobs, form friendships and seek social support. It is pleasing to see this initiative coming to Manning.
Yesterday I was pleased to attend the Kensington Police and Community Youth Centre (PCYC) while Police Minister Liza Harvey presented president Sue Gordon with a $125,000 Lotterywest grant.
The grant will assist 20 WA PCYC Centres and Blue Light units to buy laptops, office supplies and sporting equipment. It is expected to benefit thousands of young people across the State.
The PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides at-risk youth and young offenders with important recreational and educational activities and programs. Through its strong relationship with WA police, PCYC provides young people with intensive mentoring to help “break the cycle” of offending and re-offending.
I am very supportive of the organisation and hope that this grant provides the PCYCs with the financial support they need to provide such an outstanding service to the local community.
On Friday 7 December 2012 South Perth MLA John McGrath was pleased to officially open the newly refurbished Karawara Family and Community Centre at the launch function on behalf of the Minister for Community Services. The Centre has an impressive track record of providing a range of community services including child care, early education, settlement support services, family counselling and community-based programs.
Lotterywest has also approved a $285,071.00 grant for the upgrade of the Karawara Child Care Centre to create a positive environment to enhance the early childhood development of young children. The state government is pleased to support Gowrie WA, who provide an essential ‘one-stop-shop’ service to the community.
Western Australia is the only state in Australia where profits from lottery games are returned directly back to the community as grants. Since its establishment in 1993, Lotterywest has provided over $43 billion to support Western Australian community organisations. Last financial year Lotterywest delivered a record total of $258.3 million to support the Western Australian communities.