Seniors’ helpers get grant

Helping the elderly: Rengasamudram Loganayaki, David Coleman and Mitch Fifield at RAIN headquarters. Picture: Chris LaneRENGASAMUDRAM Loganayaki and other members of the Resourceful Australian Indian Network (RAIN) took turns explaining to the politicians exactly what RAIN did for seniors and why money was needed.
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Luckily Banks MP David Coleman and Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield already had the cheque with them.

The Penshurst-based organisation which supports seniors in the Indian community received $77,000 under the federal government’s Home and Community Care program.

The money will provide 30 St George and Sutherland Shire seniors with day care and transport for 12 months. RAIN has more than 45 seniors using the centre.

Sudha Natarajan, RAIN founder, said it would be able to employ two part-time staff to run the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

“We are providing services for one group of 15 seniors at Sutherland on Tuesdays and one group of 15 seniors at Penshurst on Wednesdays,” Dr Natarajan said.

“We are grateful to the federal government and David Coleman for this support as it helps to provide structured social support and centre-based day care for seniors, most of them above 75. It will make life much easier.”

Mr Coleman said RAIN was an outstanding community organisation that delivered much needed and high quality services to the local Australian-Indian community.

“With this funding, RAIN will deliver important activities to build social interactions and enable older members of the Indian community to remain active and connected with their peers and community,” Mr Coleman said.

Senator Fifield said the funding was part of an additional $240 million provided to 331 organisations as part of a competitive tender.

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