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Belmont State School, Carina State School and Gumdale State School are among the local schools and community projects vying for a $5,000 grant from CUA and it’s up to the community to select the winning project.

CUA Community CareVoting for CUA Community Care is open and the public has until Tuesday 23 August 4.30pm to vote for the project they would like to see awarded the $5,000 grant.

CUA Carindale local area manager Melissa Cardillo said members of the community were each entitled to two votes – once at the voting kiosk in the CUA Carindale branch, and one online vote at

Individuals can choose whether they want to use both votes for the same school, or vote for two different projects if they can’t decide on a favourite.

“CUA works together with our members for mutual good and CUA Community Care provides us with the opportunity to do just that, doing our part to build a stronger community,” Ms Cardillo said.

cua community care“One of the great things about this initiative is that it involves the whole community so friends, family, workmates and neighbours can get behind a local school or community project that’s close to their heart. You don’t have to be a CUA member or have any particular ties to a local school, to cast a vote.

“And because we use a pro-rata voting arrangement, small schools have just as much chance as larger ones to win the grant.”

The 10 schools which are vying for the $5,000 grant from CUA Carindale are:

  • Balmoral State High School
  • Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury
  • Darling Point Special School, Manly
  • Rochedale South State School
  • Rochedale State High School
  • Carina State School
  • East Brisbane State School
  • Gumdale State School
  • Dutton Park State School
  • Belmont State School, Carindale

CUA Community Care rewards schools which are helping to fight childhood obesity by promoting fitness, sport and good nutrition. Entry is open to schools that choose healthy fundraising and promote child health by holding an Adidas School Fun-Run.

Eligible schools can then nominate a school or community project to go into the running for the $5,000 grant.
“This program is making a real difference to students and their school communities, with almost 150 Australian schools already sharing in $345,000 in major prizes and consolation prizes through CUA Community Care since 2011,” Ms Cardillo said.

General Manager of The Fundraising Group, Brendan Hopp, said just like previous years, the response from schools enrolling in CUA Community Care this year has been overwhelming.

“This year, more than 100 schools are participating in CUA Community Care, across 10 selected CUA regions, and all those schools are taking a positive step forward by choosing health over junk food,” Mr Hopp said.

“The initiative has already funded some innovative and deserving initiatives and I’m looking forward to seeing which projects we can help bring to life in 2016.”

About the School Fun Run
The School Fun-Run has been an alternative to junk-food fundraising for 29 years. Since 2011, the adidas School Fun-Run has helped schools to raise over $14.3 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 2016 is the sixth year of the CUA Community Care program.

About CUA
As Australia’s largest member-owned financial services provider, CUA provides banking and health insurance products to more than 435,000 Australians. CUA is 100% owned by its members. All profits are reinvested into growing the business, delivering competitively priced products with better rates and lower fees, and supporting local communities and charity partners. For more information, visit

The 2016 CUA Community Care entries are:

Balmoral State High School: Gym club program for students
The Balmoral State High School Gym Club would be a program run by students interested in the fitness industry, enabling students to participate in programs and classes.
School contact: Dan Nightingale, 3823 8588

Brisbane Christian College: Development of a fitness centre
The fitness centre will be used to conduct physical education classes, train sports teams and develop fitness programs.
School contact: School reception,  3719 3111

Darling Point Special School: Pop-up classroom for community learning
The pop-up classroom would be created in a camper-trailer, fitted out with equipment for cooking, seating and learning. The school would be able to take the mobile classroom to beaches and parks to enhance students’ learning experiences.
School contact: Cindy Corrie, 3348 0111

Rochedale South State School: New seating and shade areas
The school is seeking funding to replace old seats and install shade sails in their seating area.
School contact: School reception, 3340 0777

Rochedale State High School: Solar panel installation for sustainability
The school is seeking funding to install solar panels to reduce their power bills and carbon footprint.
School contact: Matt King, 3340 0400

Carina State School: Training in robotics and coding for teachers
The school is seeking funding to train their teachers on robotics so they can equip students with digital literacy skills which will be vital for their future.
School contact: Scott Padgett, 3900 9666

East Brisbane State School: Air conditioning for the school library
The library is the hub of the school community and often used by students to complete their homework, to host training for school staff and for community group meetings. Air conditioning will make the library more comfortable for users.
School contact: Sandy Hackshall, 3823 0444

Gumdale State School: Goal posts for the school oval
The school is seeking funding to install goal posts to allow the school oval to be used for football training and games.
School contact: School reception, 3902 8333

Dutton Park State School: A smart whiteboard for interactive learning
The school is seeking funding to purchase a portable whiteboard with touch screens. The whiteboard will enable students to work together, improve visual learning and facilitate engagement with students with special needs.
School contact: School reception, 3010 8333

Belmont State School: Operation ‘Chill the Water’
The school is seeking funds to install chiller units for their current water bubblers and to install more bubblers to allow access to more students.
School contact: School reception, 3843 9333

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