Grant ensures Hang-Time

A LAUNCESTON youth program that was under threat has been awarded nearly $50,000 to continue for a further two years.

And the Kings Meadow YMCA, which was appealing for the community grant, said it was a campaign from The Examiner’s readers that ensured up to 150 boys and girls between 10-15 years of age could participate in the Hang-Time initiative.

“We are incredibly proud that YMCA of Launceston has been successful in receiving the Medibank Community Fund grant to conduct a teens’ program on Friday nights called Hang-Time, kicking off in term two of 2016,” YMCA of Launceston chief executive Jodie Johnson said.

“Thank you sincerely to all who voted to enable our success.

“I know we had online votes not only from Tasmanian locals, but also Australia wide.

“The support from everyone is so appreciated.”

Ms Johnson had feared the program could have been downsized or costs for participants increased by up to 500 per cent had the YMCA not been able to access the $48,750 grant.

Nearly 14,000 people voted online for 300 not-for-profit organisations that were applying for a share of $500,000 in Medibank community grant program funding.

The Launceston program was the only Tasmanian community project shortlisted.

“YMCA of Launceston was one of 14 Medibank Community Grant winners who received hundreds of votes and really wowed the public with their online pitch to implement a weekly Friday night drop-in session for young people to access sporting facilities, engage in physical activity under the guidance of mentors and refuel with healthy refreshments,” Rita Marigliani, Medibank’s head of corporate social responsibility, said.

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