HAPPY Dragon and Manning and Great Lakes Early Intervention have targeted Manning Valley Facebook users to try to win $5000.
This week Happy Dragon rallied local families at the Taree centre to ‘Like’ the St George Facebook page and vote in the ‘Start Something Local’ grants program.
Manning and Great Lakes Early Intervention is competing for cash with two other North Coast programs. The Taree program is called, “Start High-Tech Learning” and its objective is to win $5000 to buy new learning software and Apple iPads to help improve the life skills of children with disabilities.
Happy Dragon charmed children and possibly a few adults at the launch sausage sizzle on Wednesday but left the talking to St George Taree branch manager, Vicky Berg.
Mrs Berg said the process of participating in the grant competition was simple and the group that gets the most votes would win the $5000.
Taree’s competition in the fight for funding is a Lismore program, “Start Making Pizza” and a Ballina program, “Start Connecting Families”.
She urged all Manning Valley residents who used social media to log-on to Facebook and vote and added that voting was easy.
o Go to www.facebook. com/stgeorgebankaus
o ‘Like’ the St George page and then click the ‘Start Something Local’ tab.
o Select NSW, then select North Coast
o Vote for the Manning and Great Lakes Early Intervention ‘Start High-Tech Learning’ entry and then share it with your Facebook friends.
Manning and Great Lakes Early Intervention co-ordinator, Lynne Stuttard urged the community to make time to vote for their project.
“We hope to win and if we do then we would buy three Apple iPads and specialist software, Boardmaker,” Lynne said.
“The software creates visual supports for children who have a problem with communicating. We also want to identify apps that can be used on an iPad to assist parents support their children.”
The service currently has an iPad for the Taree and Tuncurry centres but would like to be able to provide iPad access to children who live in the outlying areas that are supported by staff visits.
“We would really love to win this grant and hope the community will vote to support our project.”