SWB awarded funds from Victorian Government.

The Department of Planning and Community Development through the Minister, the Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio, awarded SWB a significant grant of $360,000 from its Victorian Community support grant on 2nd September, 2010 at Debney Park Secondary College, Flemington.

 Mnister D’Ambrosio, who is the member for Mill Park was on-hand to present the two-year grant to SWB which will be used to assist large numbers of recently arrived and migrant youth into local sports participation. This is core to the Sports Without Borders strategy of empowering young people, leading to more sustainable, harmonious, and connected communities. Sports Without Borders Chairman and Founder James Demetriou added that the grant funds “…will be used to deliver SWB programs like Youth Action in many local government areas across Victoria, build community capacity to support many refugee and newly arrived Australians through pathways to sustainable sports participation, increase youth self esteem and help develop friendships, good health and young leaders. Our organisation along with all the kids we are yet to help are very grateful for the support from the Minister today.”

Side by side with The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, were a number of dignitaries. Dr Hass Delall, Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Nick Hatzoglou from the AFL and special guest Bianca Chatfield from the Melbourne Vixens were all present to deliver special messages about the way in which SWB has positively influenced them and the communities in which it works.

 More pictures of the event available at Flickr.