Local groups get carols boost

DONATION: Members of the Whyalla RSPCA, Heartbeat Whyalla, Whyalla Pink Spirits and Whyalla Road Safety Centre celebrate the kind donations from the Carols in the Park committee. Also pictured are concert organisers Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stormfront Productions.
DONATION: Members of the Whyalla RSPCA, Heartbeat Whyalla, Whyalla Pink Spirits and Whyalla Road Safety Centre celebrate the kind donations from the Carols in the Park committee. Also pictured are concert organisers Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stormfront Productions.

Four community groups are singing at the top of their voices after receiving a funding boost through the Lions GFG Carols in the Park.

"Carols" is Whyalla's chance to celebrate Christmas as a community, and last year's concert in Civic Park raised $3500 through kind donations by the audience to the Carols Community Collection.

That money was distributed to the Whyalla RSPCA ($500), Whyalla Pink Spirits ($1000), Heartbeat Whyalla ($1000), and the Whyalla Road Safety Centre ($1000) by organisers Mark Tempany and Alison Hams from Stormfront Productions.

Ms Hams said the donations were a great way to give back to the community..

"We know the people receiving this money in 2019 will put it to good use," she said.

"Whyalla's Carols in the Park is an opportunity for everyone to come out for free, get together with their family and friends and celebrate the year."

Ms Hams said the Carols committee looked at which organisations have been doing great things in the community, and which may need some support.

"We've been seeing the amazing work that these groups do in the community...we know it's been a struggle for everyone in Whyalla in recent times so whatever we can do to help them along is really important," she said.

Pink Spirits President Raelene Williams said it was 'lovely' to receive the donation in recognition of their work in Whyalla.

"It will go a long way towards building our balance up again...whatever we get here really stays in Whyalla for the benefit of the community," she said.

"It's beneficial for everybody that way."

Whyalla RSPCA Senior Shelter Officer Jodi Fraterman said the funds would be used to buy jackets to keep dogs warm in winter and for general maintenance around the shelter.

"Without this kind of funding we wouldn't be able to continue here, so it's fantastic," she siad.