Schools share $50,000 in CUA grants after community votes

school kids holding award check for community care grant

Ten schools across Australia will share in $50,000 in major prizes through CUA Community Care, after the public was given four weeks to vote for their favourite school project.

Ten schools across Australia will share in $50,000 in major prizes through CUA Community Care, after the public was given four weeks to vote for their favourite school project.

Local communities rallied behind 99 schools across four states, with each school nominating a project to go in the running for a $5,000 cash grant from one of 10 participating CUA branches.

In total, 51,688 votes were cast online or in participating branches over four weeks of voting.

"It's been really exciting watching these local communities get behind their local schools and any of the nominated projects would have been worthy winners," CUA Chief Executive Officer Rob Goudswaard said.

"In some of the branches, voting went right down to the wire, with only a very small number of votes separating some of the schools."

A pro-rata voting system was used so that participating schools were given an equal opportunity to take out the public vote, including those schools with fewer students enrolled.

The winners for 2015 are:

CUA branch

Winning school

Nominated project

CUA Brookside, QLD

Bracken Ridge State High School

Bridge to Ridge Fun Run & fundraising for an outdoor gym

CUA Capalaba, QLD

St Agnes Primary School, Mount Gravatt

Upgraded cricket pitches for use by students and the local community

CUA Loganholme, QLD

Logan City Special School

Snoezelen multi-sensory room for children with disabilities

CUA Burwood, NSW

Bankstown South Infants School

New hall for whole school assemblies and gatherings

CUA Corrimal, NSW

Towradgi Public School

Sensory room to enhance learning for students with sensory processing disorders

CUA Parramatta, NSW

Rowland Hassall School, Parramatta

Art supplies to continue providing art and craft activities for special needs students

CUA Canberra, ACT

Black Mountain School

Six Degrees Café, Gallery and Garden – to enable intellectually disabled students to learn work and life skills

CUA Bundoora, VIC

Diamond Valley Special School

Independent living centre for students to develop life skills and gain greater independence

CUA Epping, VIC

Mt Ridley P-12 College

Create a 'Healthy Active Learning and Training Hub' where fitness equipment is centrally located

CUA Werribee, VIC

Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Point Cook West

New swale bridges and seating where students can learn about water management, runoff and filtration

CUA Community Care rewards schools which are helping to fight childhood obesity by promoting fitness, sport and good nutrition. Entry was open to schools located near the 10 participating branches, and that also hold an adidas School Fun-Run in 2015.

"CUA has awarded around $325,000 in prizes to schools across Australia since 2011," Mr Goudswaard said.

"By working with the adidas School Fun Run, CUA has funded some amazing school projects over the past five years. I'm looking forward to seeing this year's winning projects come to life over the coming months."

About the School Fun Run

The School Fun-Run has been an alternative to junk-food fundraising for 28 years. Since 2011, the adidas School Fun-Run has helped schools to raise over $11.4 million to purchase computers, books, sporting equipment, and other vital resources. CUA has been a major sponsor of the School Fun-Run for eight years and 2015 is the 5th year of the CUA Community Care program.

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