Twenty disadvantaged Victorian children will benefit from a $5000 Slater & Gordon grant provided to Queenscliff group Cottage by the Sea.

Cottage by the Sea will use the money to run a five day 'Take a Break' camp for the children, who come from families that are affected by domestic violence, emotional trauma, and social or economic disadvantage.

The grant comes from Slater & Gordon’s Community Fund, which draws on money raised through the law firm’s Staff Giving Program.

Slater & Gordon Geelong lawyer Danny Connor said it was great to be able to support a local organisation that helps families in distress.

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

Cottage by the Sea general manager Tony Featherston said he was thrilled the organisation was one of five successful applicants.

“On behalf of the children and their families, I would like to thank Slater & Gordon,” Mr Featherston said.

“Their generous donation will assist us to provide a healthy holiday for children from stressful situations in a safe, relaxed, seaside holiday environment.”

The successful recipients were chosen from more than 100 not-for-profit groups that applied for grants totally almost $30,000 to fund a community initiative that either promotes healthy living for young people, assists people with disease or disability, or addresses inequality.

Donations from Slater & 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.

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