Eden to benefit from $8000 in Mumbulla Grants

Five Eden community project/groups will benefit from nearly $8000 in grants announced this week by the Mumbulla Foundation.

They are the Eden Whale Festival ($3000), the Gospel Eden Project ($2000), Sing Eden ($1000), Auswide projects ($1000) and the Eden Access Centre ($960).

The Eden Whale Festival $3000 grant will be spent on partnering with the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre to host whale workshops at local schools in the lead up to the 2014 festival. Festival chairperson and SCMDC marine education officer Jillian Riethmuller said the program will extend outreach programs to include more potential festival goers. “We want to increase the focus on whales as well as encourage families to come to Eden for our next festival.”

The Gospel Project Eden is a weekend workshop and performance of gospel songs. The project enters its second year in 2014 and will be held at Jigamy Farm in Spring.

Organiser Dan Scollay said the workshop had 100 singers and a six piece band.

“We welcome anyone to come along, the more singers the better the sound!” she said.

President of Sing Eden Angelika Erpic said the $1000 Mumbulla grant will be used to hire a professional keyboardist to create digital recordings of vocal harmonies for members to use while practising at home.

“Most of us can’t read music so this will let us hear our individual parts and practice them,” she said.

Children enrolled in Auswide Project’s vacation care and after school care programs will soon have new games and toys to play with thanks to their $1000 Mumbulla grant.

Program co-ordinator Kylie-Maree said the resources will be shared across Eden and Merimbula sites with vacation care programs beginning in Eden on January 13.

“We have a list of new things that are needed and depending what local shops have we will be looking for board games, outdoor play equipment and art and craft.”

Cross stitchers and quilters are set to benefit from the $960 Mumbulla grant the Eden Access Centre received. The centre will purchase software to create cross stitch patterns from images and photographs and also explore printing onto material to create quilting panels.

“We hope to make this an income stream and will have our own collection of patterns and prints of historical buildings and landscapes,” manager Clare Whiter said.

The Mumbulla Foundation is the community foundation of the Bega Valley Shire. It raises money to give grants to local not-for-profit community organisations.

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