Most Trusted Charity 2021: The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has been announced as Australia’s ‘Most Trusted Charity’ based on Australian Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands’ survey of 2021. The RFDS is part of Australia’s broad national health system, and works closely with governments, industry, Aboriginal Medical Services, Primary Health Networks, Local Hospital Districts, GPs and rural and remote communities – to keep Aussies healthy and safe. The award is testament to these strong partnerships and relationships – particularly over the last 18 months (fraught with droughts, fires, floods and a global health pandemic). This also includes the wonderful ongoing efforts of first responders, local volunteers that clear and light dirt airstrips, long-serving custodians of medical chests, rural hosts for clinics, fundraisers and donors and much more. “We thank them all for their tireless work to keep Aussies safe,” said Frank Quinlan, RFDS Federation Executive Director.
Make Music Day: Local musicians, whose livelihoods were decimated during the pandemic, are invited to apply for a share of $90,000 as part of the annual Make Music Day event. The NSW Government is offering six grants worth $15,000 to coincide with Make Music Day on 21st June. Make Music Day originated in France in 1982 as the Fete de la Musique and now more than 1,000 cities around the world take part. Applications for the grants close on 16th May 2021.To apply visit: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/small-project-grants-make-music-day/
Free Fruit: To celebrate Woolworths’ milestone of 100 million pieces of free fruit given to kids in store, primary schools and early learning centres in the Parkes Shire can apply for the chance to receive free fruit for each of their students for a day. To apply, visit woolworths.com.au/fruitforschools.
Creative Kids: The NSW Creative Kids voucher can be used for Parkes Shire Con-cert Band membership or instrument hire. Membership is $30 per school term and instrument hire $25 per school term. PSCB is a registered Creative Kids provider. To apply for a NSW Government voucher for up to $100 per calendar year, go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher. PSCB rehearsals are on Tuesday from 7 to 9pm during school term above the Parkes Pool Complex in Dalton Street. Contact Duncan Clement, PSCB Music Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0405 035 164. The band plays at community events, fetes, Anzac Day, Elvis and ABBA festivals.