$50,000 Medibank grant has Lifting Horizons jumping for joy

Night Hoops committee chairman Griff Longley with program leaders Troy Kelly (18) and Pricilla Kelly (14).Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d447543
Night Hoops committee chairman Griff Longley with program leaders Troy Kelly (18) and Pricilla Kelly (14).Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d447543

A GRANT of $50,000 will go a long way for local not-for-profit Lifting Horizons.

The organisation, which runs the Night Hoops program in Hamilton Hill, uses a basketball tournament to help young people connect with each other while learning life skills and engaging with the local community.

Lifting Horizons was one of 19 organisations in the country who received the $50,000 Medibank Community Grants.

Night Hoops committee chair Griffin Longley said it was amazing to see the local community’s support for the program – the grant was awarded thanks to locals voting for the program.

“It really shows us that people see the value in providing opportunities for all young people, including those who are at risk, to engage, strive and shine,” he said.

“People get that prevention is better than cure and that getting young people active and connected is the best way to help them make positive choices and break the cycle of disadvantage.

“We will use the money to help run Night Hoops tournaments in Fremantle/Cockburn, Midland and Mandurah through 2016.”

Rita Marigliani, Medibank’s head of corporate social responsibility and wellbeing, said Lifting Horizons was one of just 14 winners which received hundreds of votes.

It was one of a number of recent funding boosts for Lifting Horizons, including a $40,000 Department of Sport and Recreation Youth Engagement Scheme grant and a $10,000 Fremantle Impact 100 grant.