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KARI Aboriginal Resources has received a funding grant worth almost $8,000 to deliver their Homework Centre initiative as part of Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program.

The successful recipient was chosen from more than 100 not-for-profit groups that each applied for grants to fund community initiatives that would either promote healthy living for young people, assist people with disease or disability, or address inequality and the disadvantaged.

KARI Aboriginal Resources will use the funding to help to deliver the Kari Homework Centre Program, which provides space for Aboriginal children to learn extra numeracy and literacy skills with a tutor in a supportive environment.

Slater and Gordon’s Liverpool office senior lawyer, Michael Lawandi, congratulated the local group and said it was an important program that would provide huge benefits to the Liverpool community.

“KARI Aboriginal Resources is the largest foster care provider in Australia and one of the country’s leading Aboriginal services. It also provides assistance to the community through education, early intervention and community capacity building,” Mr Lawandi said.

“This funding will go specifically towards the delivery of the Homework Centre Program at Ashcroft Public School and Heckenberg Public School, which provides a supportive environment for Aboriginal children to practice numeracy and literacy skills with a tutor.”

Slater and Gordon’s Social Responsibility Manager Suzy Mallett congratulated all the grant 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 across many communities in Australia,” Ms Mallett said.

“Even though it was a tough decision, we are confident that the winning grant recipients will be able to deliver some wonderful programs."

Ms Mallett said staff helped choose the winning recipients and were looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the programs.

“The Staff Giving Program was set up to provide an easy way for Slater and Gordon staff to give back to the communities where they work and help improve the lives of people facing a whole number of challenges,” Ms Mallett said.

“I know that our staff feel a sense of pride when they can see exactly how others will benefit by donating a portion of their wages to this program.”

Slater and Gordon will only accept new applications to the Community Fund after 1 July 2014. For eligibility criteria please contact Suzy Mallett on 03 9602 6832 or at smallett@slatergordon.com.au.

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.