Tassie projects get a helping hand from Fonterra Grass Roots FundAdd title


Hitting sixes will become second nature for the youth at the Wynyard Cricket Club, having just received a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Wynyard Cricket Club is one of nine recipients in Tasmania to receive a grant from the Fonterra Grass Root Fund. The grant will go towards helping create an enjoyable cricket experience for players of all ages, volunteers, members and their respective families.

Cherie Hawkins, Wynyard Cricket Club Secretary said that they were very grateful for Fonterra’s donation and they are hoping to inspire more young kids through their cricket programs.

“The Wynyard Cricket Club aims to bring more children and teenagers from our community into the club by providing skilled coaching and quality cricket experiences all while having some fun along the way.

“It is important to us to create a sense of belonging by providing the opportunity for all individuals to participate in cricket and our aim is to become a second home known for our hospitality,” says Cherie.

Devonport Surf Life Saving Club was another lucky recipient of the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund. Wayne Wiseman, Vice President of the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club said that the club is committed to keeping our communities safe and to do this we need the equipment.

“We provide excellent training for our up and coming Surf Lifesavers, and thanks to the grant we can now buy six new nipper boards for our junior members,” says Wayne.

Steve Taylor, Regional Operations 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, and these recipients are doing just that.

“The successful organisations were chosen as they fit perfectly within 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 Steve.

The successful recipients included:

  • Myalla Community Centre
  • Wynyard Community Men’s Shed
  • Wynyard Cricket Club
  • Scottdales Amateur Swim Club
  • Spreyton Cricket and Bowls Club
  • Ringarooma Swim Club
  • Devonport Golf Club
  • Devonport Surf Life Saving Club
  • Smithton Hockey Club

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.