Respite House In Kiama Receives Funding Boost

Respite House In Kiama Receives Funding Boost

New South Wales Member for Kiama Gareth Ward

$40,000 Boost For Lions Respite House In Kiama

Victor P Taffa

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today presented $40,000 funding to representatives from the Lions Club of Kiama to help them continue to establish a Respite House for carers and their families in Kiama.

Mr. Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this funding from the New South Wales Government.

“When Kiama Lions raised this project with me I was determined to help them deliver on this outstanding community project which will make a real difference in people’s lives.” Mr. Ward said.

“Having followed my Dad into Lions membership, I know of the many great community projects which Lions is involved with locally and this is yet another terrific example of Lions working together to help those in need of care.”

“There are literally thousands of dedicated carers across our region and it is only fair that we develop avenues of support and respite for them to continue to do their valuable and incredible work.” Mr. Ward said.

Jerry Granger-Holcombe from the Lions Club of Kiama also welcomed the $40,000 funding for this project.

“This was an idea of Kiama Lions past President Ray Redgrave who thought what a great idea for it would be for the old Kiama cottage to be used as a respite centre for sick people, carers and families.” Mr. Granger-Holcombe said.

“He formed a small team including myself, Peter Scifleet and Tony Grainger and we realised that carers seem to be often forgotten during their care of sick children or other loved ones.”

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to give them a break by the seaside. As many of these carers are on carers allowance and cannot afford expensive holidays.”

“We were then given permission by Kiama Municipal Council to lease 105 Shoalhaven Street and do it up however it now needs to be rezoned for residential use.” Mr. Granger-Holcombe said.

“In the meantime, we have been allowed by a deed of agreement to clear away the rubbish and vegetation to clear the exterior of the building which is about to receiving cladding following donations from CSR.”

“We will not be changing the footprint of the building, which will include ramps and decks outside but through Madeleine Scarfe’s innovative design we have got three ensuite bedrooms and the building itself will be wheelchair complaint in one of the bathrooms.”

“Gregory’s Scaffolding has kindly donated their scaffolding for this project and we have received a number of offers of support from local businesses and suppliers.” Mr. Granger-Holcombe said.

“Both Minnamurra and Gerringong Lions are supporting Kiama Lions Club in this project which is also much appreciated.”

“We are also very grateful to our local MP Gareth Ward who has facilitated this $40,000 grant funding which will help us out enormously with this project.” Mr. Granger-Holcombe said.