By Garry Howe
Former Casey councillor Mick Morland loved nothing more than helping people, his wife Kay told a Casey Cardinia Foundation grants presentation last week.
“Mick loved and cared about people,” she said. “He was never happier than when he was helping someone.”
The former mayor was killed when struck by a car in June – yet he is still helping people.
The Casey Cardinia Foundation, with the help of money donated in lieu of flowers at his funeral and a considerable injection from the City of Casey, this year made the inaugural Mick Morland Memorial Grant.
It went to the Casey Basketball Association to kick-start a wheelchair basketball competition at Casey Stadium – a project Kay said her husband would have loved.
Kay said she and her family were “touched and humbled” that Mick would be remembered in this way.
The influence of the Casey Cardinia Foundation has on community and welfare groups throughout the region is growing.
The Casey Basketball Association was among 15 groups that benefitted from the work of the Foundation and its partners this year.
Chairman Paul Thomas and the board presented certificates and grant money to the latest round of recipients.
Mr Thomas said the Foundation had contributed grants totalling $550,000 since its inception
He acknowledged the assistance of Evergreen Turf, which raised $26,000 at a charity race night and Aligned Leisure which also held a race night and contributed almost $30,000 through that and other ventures during the year.
The Brown Property Group also provided funding to go towards grants and this year $10,000 was also provided from the Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch event for grants in the men’s health area.
Grant recipients were:
Turning Point Cranbourne
The funding will help Turning Point redesign its food room to meet the drastically and ever demanding need for food from the disadvantaged in our community.
The centre will open three days a week once the alterations have been made.
The funded project will support young people from special schools in years 10-12 looking to engage in part-time after school employment.
Engagement in part-time employment is a goal many students have however there is currently no support to enable young people with additional needs to be supported to achieve this.
Echo will establish a catering trailer to allow the emergency support team to cater for displaced community members and vulnerable residents during crisis and long-term power outages, as well as CFA and SES volunteers during both large and small scale emergencies.
Casey North Community Information and Support Service
The Education Assistance Program assists children from disadvantaged families with the cost of their education. This includes items such as school uniforms, books and other stationary items and school fees.
Beaconsfield Officer Scout Group
The group is seeking to create an equipment pool of hike tents, backpacks and cooking stoves to enable disadvantaged youth to increase active participation in outdoor and adventurous activities. Twenty-five per cent of the group’s youth membership is from low socio-economic families.
Lakeside Pakenham Scout Group
The money will be used for the purchase of two new high-quality tents for bush camping. These will better protect the Scouts from the weather and increase the numbers that can go on each trip.
Hillview Bunyip Aged Care
Hillview is looking to establish one palliative care room for residents and their immediate families that will be home-like in its fit out and have the capacity for a family to stay overnight.
WAYSS is looking to establish an Animal Assisted Empathy Training Program for traumatised children who have experienced or witnessed serious family violence and are residing at the SWISS high security family violence facility.
South East Palliative Care
South East Palliative Care wants to establish a Step by Step Bereavement Walking Group open to all carers who have lost a loved one.
Evidence shows that walking is beneficial to those who are grieving by preventing social isolation through connecting with others in their community.
Narre Community Learning Centre
The centre wants to design and prepare a space for young parents (15-20 years) to study VCAL while having their babies present in the room.
Mick Morland Memorial Grant
Casey Basketball Association
The association is looking to start a wheelchair basketball program at Casey Stadium – the first in the region.
This would provide greater sport opportunities for people with disability and also provide a schools program to educate on sport and disability.
Grants supported by the Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch Grants
Bunyip Men’s Shed
The funding will go towards the installation of dust extraction equipment to provide a safe and healthy environment to participants, enabling a minimisation of air borne dust particles and reducing adverse health effects from working in a dust filled environment.
Council on the Ageing
The council is looking to establish more OM:NI (Older Men New Ideas) groups in the region.
It is looking to establish these men’s discussion groups in Kooweerup, Lang Lang, Garfield, Hampton Park and Endeavour Hills – addressing issues of isolation, loneliness, fears, loss of work environment, medical and mental health, transitions to retirement, and dealing with change. Participants develop new friendships, community connection and engagement in activities.
Grants supported by Brown Property Group
Southern Cross Kids Camps
This camp respite program provides specialised one-on-one buddy mentoring for kids aged 7-11 from Casey-Cardinia.
These are dedicated to kids in welfare and foster care who have suffered abuse, domestic violence and family breakdown, providing children with new joy, life-skills, resilience and hope.
Headspace Narre Warren
Headspace is looking to provide mental health first aid through training courses delivered by accredited MHFA instructors, via secondary schools across Cardinia and Casey.
This is for teenagers and adults to appropriately respond to a young person when a mental health issue is developing or during a mental health crisis.