Local Scouts Receive VicHealth Grant

Dee Ryall, Member for Ringwood is delighted to announce, the local Scouting Club, 1st Heatherdale Scouting Group will benefit from funding as part of the second round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

Dee Ryall MP said “The grants aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.”

“The funding of $2,969 will deliver a medical first aid kit, and an outdoor first aid kit. The funding will also allow the Heatherdale Scouts to purchase a heavy duty canvas scout tent for future camping trips.” 

“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Dee Ryall MP said.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations. 

“VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues – in particular the rising obesity levels in Victoria. To help combat this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living, active recreation and organised sport. During 2014-15, VicHealth ran two rounds of Active Club Grants, which saw a combined total of 566 clubs across Victoria share in over $1.3 million in grants,” she said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs in Ringwood are a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health. We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport.”       

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub