01 June, 2015
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said $7,050 was allocated to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland at Bald Hills as part of this year’s program, which aims to develop new sport and recreation opportunities and boost active participation across the city.
“This is a Council initiative aimed at encouraging people to enjoy physical activity, while allowing them to relish in their local surroundings and facilities,” Cr Quirk said.
“With its sub-tropical climate and plethora of green open spaces, Brisbane is the ideal outdoor living city, and these grants provide an important extra boost to encourage residents to get moving.
“By adopting a healthy, active lifestyle, people can enjoy a wealth of benefits including improvements to general health and wellbeing.”
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland will use the funding to implement “Swish” - table tennis for the blind, to promote equal opportunities for sporting activities and increased social inclusion for blind and vision impaired individuals in Queensland.
Local Councillor Amanda Cooper said the program would also strengthen ties within the local community, and encourage more people to get involved in their local community.
“Along with improving the health and wellbeing of Brisbane residents, the program will help build a sense of community, by boosting social inclusion opportunities for residents,” Cr Cooper said.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland was established in 1960, and helps to equip, empower, and educate Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired with a range of orientation and mobility services.
All of its services, including the Guide Dogs are offered free of charge, so community support is vital to the organisation and its many support programs.
Council is awarding a total of $75,278 in grants to 5 not-for-profit groups throughout Brisbane as part of this year’s Healthy and Physical Activity Grants Program.
For more information on the Healthy and Physical Activity Grants Program visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.