Council donation supports Hurstville Scouts program impacted by COVID-19

Councillor Sam Elmir (centre) with the Hurstville Scout Group.
Councillor Sam Elmir (centre) with the Hurstville Scout Group.

Georges River Council has donated $1,500 to the Hurstville Scout Group to support families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will help to subsidise much of the cost of an upcoming scouts bush camp, meaning that families will not have to pay more than $50 to have their child attend.

Councillor Sam Elmir said Council was pleased to be able to assist the scouts and commended the organisation for their positive contribution to the local community.

"In times like these, it's important that local groups are able to continue to offer services to support young people in our community," Councillor Elmir said.

"Ensuring this planned program can go ahead will have positive outcomes for those who partake in the local Scout Group, providing a sense of normality to their lives in a time when so much disruption has occurred."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurstville Scouts have lost other fundraising avenues, including community BBQs and the rental of their Scout Hall, which would normally assist with subsidising such beneficial programs.

Scouts NSW State Commissioner- Partnerships John Dwyer welcomed the donation and thanked Georges River Council for their support.

"This generous grant will enable families experiencing financial hardship to give their children the opportunity to continue participating in adventurous scouting activities that build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience," he said.

The $1,500 donation to the Scouts was funded through Council's 2019/20 Quick Response Donation program.