People with Physical Disabilities supported to take part in Sports activities

People with Physical Disabilities supported to take part in Sports activities

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Parafed Gisborne Tairawhiti was thrilled to receive a grant of $42,371 from New Zealand’s Community Trust (NZCT).

The grant will cover accommodation for two events and brand new equipment, including a full-time annual salary for its Regional Development Coordinator.

It was expressed with generosity after support the initiative is doing something for something good.


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The Club Treasurer, Katie Holden, says the grant will break down barriers surrounding the physical disability sector of sports activities.

“We provide sporting and recreational activities to those in our region with physical disabilities,” Ms Holden said.

“With the support of NZCT, we aim to break down the barriers around disability in sport, show our community that we can all participate, and increase opportunities for those with physical disabilities. Our local events and activities are open to friends and whanau as well.”

They will continue to deliver sporting opportunities to the community and include those with physical disabilities in the membership.

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Thankfully, travel costs will be covered from the grant to attend and complete the 2021 Halberg Disability Games.

“Last year, we had six athletes compete and expect to have an increase in numbers this year,” Ms Holden said.

“To continue with the growth of our organisation, we need funding to help cover the costs of having an open day, which will not only help to increase our membership and participation numbers but also to make more of the local community aware of what we do and what we have to offer.”

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