$200,000 community grant for Friendship Circle

September 6, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton has congratulated The Friendship Circle as the winner of the My Community Project in the Vaucluse electorate.

Isabell Shapiro, Peter Cavanagh, Gabrielle Upton, Dave Sharma, Leon Goltsman joins Rabbi Sender and Chana Kavka on the recent Friendship Walk

The successful project is The Friendship Café by NSW Friendship Circle which will offer work experience, placement and employment to people with disabilities along with mentoring by volunteers and qualified personnel. The Friendship Café will be set up on Bondi Road, Bondi.

Mikey, a baker with The Friendship, was doing the rounds this morning delivering challahs which he produced at Jesse’s Bakery in Rose Bay was delighted with the news. The 25-yr-old is disabled and works with The Friendship Circle. He told J-Wire: “I want to do as much as I can for the community. This grant will allow disabled people to do  much more.”

Ms Upton thanked all applications for taking the time and effort to develop their ideas and promote their projects, along with the members of the community who voted.

“My Community Project captured the imagination of our local community and I know there was a lot of work put into the project proposals. It was great to see locals get behind the projects that matter to them by voting for their personal favourite,” Ms Upton said.

Friendship Circle CEO Rabbi Sender Kavka said, “We are thrilled to have the $200,000 My Community Project grant. This is a great testament to our wonderful community and how much you care about inclusion. We know there are so many of you out there who voted, shared on social media and got their friends to vote. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We are beyond excited.

My Community Project was made possible by the NSW Generations Fund, a sovereign wealth fund that maintains debt at sustainable levels while sharing the benefits of its returns with local communities.


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