Children who have lost parents, siblings or other close relatives as a result of road trauma will benefit from a $5000 Slater and Gordon Community grant provided to Road Trauma Families Victoria.
The organisation will use the money to implement its Raw to Roar loss and grief resilience program for children aged three to 12. The program will work in conjunction with other counselling services.
RTFV President Margaret Markovic said the community grant would enable the organisation to continue to provide much needed assistance to so many people in the community who are affected by road trauma.
“We are incredibly grateful to Slater and Gordon for the significant contribution they have made to our organisation,” Ms Markovic said.
“Their generosity and focus on the importance of community will ensure that organisations like ours can continue to educate, empower and assist those who need it the most.”
The Slater and Gordon Community Fund includes money raised through the law firm’s Staff Giving Program.
Slater and Gordon Werribee lawyer Craig Lynch said it was great to be able to support an organisation that assists young children deal with road trauma.
“The Staff Giving Program was set up to provide a way for Slater and Gordon staff to give back to the communities where they work and help improve the lives of people facing a number of challenges,” Mr Lynch said.
Road Trauma Families Victoria is among five community organisations that will share almost $30,000.
The successful recipients were chosen from more than 100 not-for-profit groups that applied for a grant to fund a community initiative that would either, promote healthy living for young people, assist people with disease or disability, or address inequality.
Social Responsibility Manager Suzy Mallett congratulated the winners and said it was humbling to receive such a strong pool of applications.
“It is fantastic to see so many organisations developing such inspiring and beneficial community programs that will benefit people in need,” Ms Mallett said.
Donations from Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program are combined with funds from the law firm and channelled into the Slater and Gordon Community Fund. This is a fund managed by the Australian Communities Foundation.
Slater and Gordon will accept new applications to the Community Fund after 1 July, 2014. For eligibility criteria please contact Suzy Mallett: 9602 6832 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.