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Alleighah Smyth in her new outdoor wheelchair, purchased with recent funding from the Our Kids Community Grants. Accompanying Alleighah is (front) Sean Radburn – Far North Coast Law Society, and Rebekka Battista – Our Kids; (back) Denis Byrne – Lord Taverners, Elizabeth Smyth and Graeme Hoskins – Lord Taverners. Image: Contributed.

Our Kids giving back

Each winter, the annual Our Kids Community Grants period kicks off, helping families and community groups caring for children with special needs in the Northern Rivers to purchase equipment to improve the health of local children.

Grants are available to children’s community health organisations, health professionals, chronically ill children, and special groups, parents and guardians who care for children living with special needs. Each grant is capped at $2,000. “This is our way to assist families and children outside of the hospital walls,” Rebekka Battista, Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator said. “We encourage families and groups who care for children living with special needs who are living in the Northern Rivers and are in need of equipment or therapeutic assistance to apply,” Rebekka said.

This year, the James Frizelles Charitable Foundation and the Far North Coast Law Society have partnered with Our Kids to help local families. The James Frizelles Charitable Foundation aims to make a lasting change to the lives of people in need in the Gold Coast and Northern NSW regions. The Far North Coast Law Society supports various community events and conducts local fundraising throughout the year. The Law Society members are locals who love serving the community, and it is important to them to be able to help local children. For both organisations, being a part of the Our Kids Community Grants is a way to give back to the community by supporting a local charity helping children in the area. Apply online to the Our Kids Far North Coast Law Society Community Grants at If you would like to contribute to this particular project, as the Far North Coast Law Society has done, please contact the Our Kids Office on 6620 2705.

Submissions for Our Kids Community Grants close on July 1.