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City of Casey touched by new playground

13/06/2014

SITA has awarded The Touched by Olivia Foundation a $5,000 grant to build a new inclusive playspace in the City of Casey, for children and parents of all abilities and ages to play side-by side each other.

SITA is proud to support an initiative, which will encourage active play for more than 13,000 Casey residents who have disabilities that cause a profound or severe restriction of communication and mobility.

SITA Victoria, General Manager, Kelvin Sargent presented the $5,000 grant to local resident and Touched by Olivia project champion, Teresa Howell, at a cheque handover ceremony to celebrate unveiling of the dream vision for the new inclusive playspace for the City of Casey.

With a mission to help improve the health and happiness of Australian kids, Ms Howell, said the foundation was delighted to receive the SITA Community Grant, as it will help to provide a new inclusive playground for the City of Casey.  

“The grant will contribute to an inclusive playspace for South East Victorian residents whom currently have to travel for more than one hour to access other inclusive playspaces,” Mr Sargent said.

“SITA is proud to support The Touched by Olivia Foundation with a $5,000 grant to assist in creating a new playspace where all abilities and differences are accepted and children feel active and a part of their community.”

“The Foundation is a fantastic example of a community organisation that is making a real difference to children and their families, through active community involvement by building permanent legacies in the local community,” he said.

In 2006 following the tragic loss of their daughter Olivia through a rare illness, the founders of Touched by Olivia created the foundation to continue her legacy through enhancing the lives of children and their families. The Foundations’ Inclusive Playspaces often attract higher than usual attendance, with an estimate of 3000 visitors per week to each playspace.

SITA launched the first national community grant program for the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia in October 2013.

“Through our grants program, SITA is looking to support projects that grow community involvement in social and environmental programs and will be looking for round two applicants in the near future,” Mr Sargent added.

More information about SITA’s grant program can be found at www.sitacommunitygrants.com.au and to learn more about or find an inclusive Touched By Olivia playspace visit http://touchedbyolivia.com.au/

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