Lakeside Sailing Club Pakenham has been awarded a $2,500 grant through the 2011/12 VicHealth Active Club program.
Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said the grants were designed to get more people in the community physically active.
“Lakeside Sailing Club is a relatively new club, and it offers a great opportunity for locals to try a sport they may have had no previous involvement with and may not know a lot about,” Mr Battin said.
The funding will help the club purchase life jackets and a first aid kit and undergo first aid training.
“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. This is a shame as research shows that as well as the physical benefits, sport builds community pride and loyalty and gives people a feeling of self-worth,” Mr Battin said.
More than 9,300 sporting clubs across Victoria have received Active Club Grants over the 22 years that VicHealth has provided this support.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was vital to continue to support local sporting organisations.
“Because of our Annual Active Clubs Grants round, more than one million club members in Victoria have been able to access safer and better equipped clubs with more experienced volunteers,” Ms Rechter said.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub
For more information about Lakeside Sailing Club Pakenham, contact Commodore Stewart Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org.