Cinema grants just the ticket

Edmund Rice Camps WA events co-ordinator Brooke McCamey and chief executive Kevin Knapp. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d427762
Edmund Rice Camps WA events co-ordinator Brooke McCamey and chief executive Kevin Knapp. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d427762

Edmund Rice Camps WA in Salter Point and Variety WA in Burswood will use their grants to fund programs that aim to make children’s lives better.

Edmund Rice Camps WA, a community organisation serving the needs of young children and their families, received a $38,000 grant.

Chief executive Kevin Knapp said the funds would help deliver the charity’s 30 camps and programs.

‘Thanks to the grant we have been able to expand our remote/regional camp experience to indigenous communities in the north east and run our 10 mega camps to full capacity,’ he said.

Edmund Rice Camps WA provide camps and other recreational activities for children who would not have the opportunity and support kids at risk or experiencing some form of disadvantage.

Mr Knapp said their programs were unique because of the ratio of young adult mentors to kids ” every child on camp had a mentor.

Variety WA received a $90,000 grant. Chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said it would help with practical equipment, programs and experiences through its three core programs ” Variety Freedom, Variety Caring for Kids and Variety Future Kids.

‘Whether it be an piece of mobility equipment like a modified bicycle or wheelchair, an assistive technology package for a child with autism or a nebuliser to help a child with Cystic Fibrosis stay healthy, our grant application and assessment process means that we can support the kids who need it most,’ he said.

‘The recent donation will go a long way in helping us empower WA children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.’

Variety WA has been around since 1980 and has raised and given away more than $20 million to enrich the lives of children in need.

Funds are raised each year through a range of events, including the Variety Bash, Variety Bike Run Variety Santa Fun Run.

McDonald’s Community Cinemas
– Donates all profits to children’s charities.
– Up to 650 volunteers raise funds to help charities improve the quality of life of children in a health or physical ability crisis.
– The cinemas have raised more than $5.2 million over the past 13 years.
– For some charities, the annual cinema donation makes up 30-40 per cent of total funds.