Schools helping to fight childhood obesity by promoting fitness, sport and good nutrition are being given an opportunity to apply for a $5,000 cash grant through CUA for a school or community project.
Schools in 10 regions will be given an opportunity to share in $50,000 in community grants through the CUA Community Care program this year. CUA is Australia's largest customer-owned provider of banking products and services.
CUA branches in Queensland (Loganholme, Capalaba and Brookside Shopping Centre), New South Wales (Parramatta, Burwood and Corrimal), the ACT (Canberra) and Victoria (Werribee, Epping and Bundoora) are participating this year.
This is the 5th year that CUA has teamed up with the adidas School Fun-Run and schools are encouraged to get involved and go in the running for a $5,000 prize.
Since the program started, CUA has shared over $275,000 in Community Care grants with more than 100 schools across the country, as a reward for schools that choose healthy fundraising and promote the importance of childhood health.
Schools are invited to nominate a project within their school or the local community that they would like CUA Community Care to fund. The local community then chooses the winner by voting online or in the branch for their favourite project.
Schools located near any of the 10 participating branches, and which hold a School Fun Run during 2015, will be eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant. Winning projects in previous years have included playground enhancements, installation of water 'bubbler' systems, taxi shelters and sustainable gardens.
General Manager of The Fundraising Group, Brendan Hopp, said CUA Community Care was a great way to support and reward schools for choosing health-based fundraising, as opposed to fundraisers that promote an unhealthy message to young Australians.
"With so much negativity around child health trends these days, it's great to see someone actually rewarding and encouraging positive change," Mr Hopp said.
Grant applications close on 26 June 2015. To find out whether your school can apply, contact the adidas School Fun Run on 1300 733 788 or visit the website.
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.