RAA safety grants to help South Australian communities

4 February, 2022

South Australian regional community organisations – including volunteer firefighters, sporting and Surf Life Saving clubs and schools – recently shared in a significant boost to RAA Insurance’s annual Regional Safety Grants funding.

Our Regional Safety Grants aim to improve the safety and security of regional communities by distributing much-needed funds to non-profit organisations, schools and community groups.

Among the 19 successful grant applicants was the Crystal Brook Kindergarten (pictured above) in the state’s Mid North, which received $7,552 in funding to install safety handrails between the kindy and Roseview Nursing Home.

The handrails will make it easier and safer for home residents to visit the pre-school and it’s students.

Among the other grant recipients were several Country Fire Service brigades, such as Brinkworth (pictured below), which received funding for a new communications antenna to help them battle blazes while keeping their community safe.

Since the grants were launched in 2013, RAA Insurance has provided almost half-a-million dollars to more than 150 community groups across regional South Australia.

RAA Insurance Chief Executive Tom Griffiths said the fundings was increased in recognition of the important role hard working regional community groups play in making their local areas safer during the pandemic.

“Fundraising for these important projects can be difficult for small regional communities, and RAA’s Regional Safety Grants play an important part in providing much needed funds.”

Mr Griffiths said the funds also recognised more than 220,000 RAA members reside in regional SA.

Full list of 2020/21 RAA Regional Safety Grant recipients

Cudlee Creek CFS $10,000 to improve storage and cleaning of crew members Personal Protective Clothing

Crystal Brook Kindergarten $7,552 to install safety handrails between the kindy and Roseview Nursing Home

Perponda Sports Club $6,250 to purchase a fire water tank

Chilton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club (Hayborough) $5,000 to replace an Inflatable Rescue Boat

Thevenard sports Club $4,500 for a playground upgrade

Port Pirie Basketball Association $4,450 to fund a First Aid recovery room

Lions Club of Stansbury Dalrymple $4,000 to purchase stethoscopes for ambulances

Tiddy Widdy Beach Progress Association $4,000 to produce kerbside numbering to help emergency service identify properties

Paracombe CFS $2,887 for the purchase of a thermal camera to identify hot spots which are invisible to the naked eye following a fire and a portable weather meter

Riverland Special School (Berri) $2,785 to purchase enhanced first Aid equipment

Scouts SA Roonka Water Activity Centre (Blanchetown) $3,400 to purchase a water safety pontoon and personal flotation devices

Orroroo Swimming club $2,700 to purchase bubs and kids water safety devices

St Columba’s Memorial School (Warooka) $2,250 to purchase child booster seats and provide education for parents and guardians to correctly secure their children

Friends of the PS industry (Renmark) $2,050 to purchase a defibrillator

Coober Pedy Area School $2,000to provide drug and alcohol prevention education through the Sammy D Foundation

Brinkworth CFS $1,975 for a communications service upgrade

Ardrossan Cricket Club $650 to purchase First Aid kits

Curramulka Community Club $2,000 defibrillator at Curramulka oval

Coonalpyn Women in Agriculture and Business $1,632 to produce kerbside numbering to help emergency service identify properties

To learn more about RAA’s grant programs, visit RAA’s website.