Grant news: Kin Kin Playgroup darlings Aiden Tollis and Dakoda Marks are happy to get new equipment.
Grant news: Kin Kin Playgroup darlings Aiden Tollis and Dakoda Marks are happy to get new equipment. Renee Pilcher

Grant puts smiles on Kin Kin faces

CHILDREN at Kin Kin Playgroup have $1200 more reasons to smile after receiving a grant from the Telstra Kids Fund.

President Linda Wagner said she was excited to hear about the grant for the playgroup which provided a chance for newborns up until school-age children in the Kin Kin area to interact.

“I think it’s fantastic it helps us a lot with providing new equipment and educational services,” Ms Wagner said.

The money will help the group fund a Kinda Music Program at the playgroup, including teachers. The program is a free service provided by community fundraising and volunteers.

“A lot of the money will go towards new music equipment and books, ground cover and cars.”

More than 600 community not-for-profit organisations nationally will share in $750,000 from the Telstra Foundation this year.

Telstra Foundation Chairman Herb Elliott, AC, MBE, said the foundation was committed to developing the skills and talents of young children at impressionable stages. “The grants support local community initiatives which enable children to develop their key learning skills and ultimately, help to promote positive social changes and personal wellbeing,” he said.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager Barbara Wells said grant recipients were nominated by Telstra employees.

“Telstra either touches, or is active in, every community across the nation,” Ms Wells said. “Our staff are proud of their community connections and take great delight in enhancing the education and life skills of local children through programs such as Telstra’s Kids Fund.”

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