Local children cheering thanks to Telstra’s Kids Fund

A GENEROUS grant from Telstra’s Kids Fund has enabled a children’s cheerleading group on the Gold Coast to go on tour.

The $1200 grant allowed the club, Cheerleading Gold Coast, to purchase uniforms for its participants, leaving them looking as good as they performed at the National competitions in Melbourne at the end of 2013.

The club is just one of 625 community non-profit organisations across Australia to benefit from the Telstra Foundation’s commitment to supporting local communities through $750,000 of Telstra’s Kids Fund grants available in 2014.


Two other grants were also handed out to Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which will purchase the club a new paddle board, and Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club, who will also use its Kids Fund grant to purchase new training equipment.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for the Gold Coast, Darren Clark, said the grants positively impact on children’s lives, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

“Over the past 12 years, Telstra’s Kids Fund has provided $8.8 million to help over 7600 local organisations across Australia better support, educate and encourage children,” Mr Clark said.

“We are proud to be able to help local groups, such as Cheerleading Gold Coast, support the skills, talents and development of children.

“We fund these projects because they add value to the lives of the children who participate, their families and the wider community.”

Grant recipients are nominated by Telstra employees whose children in their immediate family are actively involved in community organisations. The grants are a valuable way for Telstra employees to direct the company’s philanthropic giving.

Telstra Foundation Chair Geoff Booth said the grant will assist local children to make connections that impact positively on their lives.

“We believe lives can be positively impacted by increasing children’s opportunities to learn, explore and grow.

“We’ve demonstrated this commitment over the past twelve years giving Telstra’s Kids Fund grants to thousands of groups across Australia including schools, art and culture groups, sport and recreational clubs, disability services and environmental organisations,” Mr Booth said.

“This is a fantastic initiative to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children in the communities where Telstra staff live and work.”