Kinder kids get their hands dirty with Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

Teaching kids about healthy lifestyles and sustainable practices just got a whole lot easier for Kyabram and Girgarre Preschool, who have just received a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Kyabram and Girgarre Preschools are one of six recipients in Northern Victoria to receive a grant from the Fonterra Grass Root Fund. The grant will go towards the purchase and installation of wooden vegetable garden beds at each of its three centres.

Tania Chiswell, Kyabram Preschool Management Committee Inc. HR Admin Manager, said that she was very grateful for Fonterra’s donation and they plan on educating children and their families around healthy eating and sustainability by planting their very own fruit and vegetables.

“We want to teach our kids sustainable practices around growing their own foods, looking after our land while picking and eating their own produce.

“Kids learn from hands-on education, observation, and participation, so this project will be full of fun interactive learning opportunities for all involved,” says Tania.

Jason Wright, Fonterra Stanhope Site Manager said that the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund aims to sustain healthy, vibrant communities by sponsoring ideas, projects and initiatives that make a real impact, such as the vegetable gardens at the Kyabram and Girgarre Preschools.

“The Kyabram and Girgarre Preschools were chosen as it fits perfectly within all three of our criteria – bringing communities together, caring for the environment, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

“The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is our way of saying thank you by supporting projects and ideas that bring our communities together and make them better, more vibrant places to be,” said Jason.

The successful recipients included:

  • Stanhope Tennis Club
  • Kyabram Knights Schools Soccer
  • Pyramid Hill Historical Society
  • Girgarre Community Cottage
  • Stanhope Community Aquatic Centre
  • Kyabram and Girgarre Preschool

Since 2011, Fonterra has supported over 300 initiatives across Victoria and Tasmania that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.

The Fund opens the doors for a wide range of community projects with grants of between $500 and $5000. Applications for the next round of grants will be announced later in the year.

For more information go to www.fonterra.com/au/grassroots.