20 November 2019

Blacktown called on to give a ‘high-five’ and help raise $100,000 for local community groups.

NRMA Insurance is calling on Blacktown locals to high-five a neighbour, friend or family member to raise up to $100,000 for local community groups, as part of its ‘High Five for Blacktown’ event between 20 – 22 November.

A ‘high-five zone’ will be set-up at Civic Plaza Blacktown over the three days, and passers-by will be encouraged to simply stand in front of the interactive screen and give a high-five to someone else in the community.

The interactive screen will capture every high-five and for each one, five dollars will be donated to one of 15 local community groups, up to $100,000.

The event is part of NRMA Insurance’s Good ‘Hoods program, which aims to create community connection and resilience.

NRMA Insurance Executive Manager Phil Lockyer said: “We know people living in connected and resilient communities are stronger, safer and more confident. They help each other grow in good times and equally, help each other recover when times are tough.”

“That’s why we’re encouraging the local Blacktown community to connect with each other and support these organisations that help to build resilience in the community,” Mr Lockyer said.

The 15 local organisations taking part in the event range from Africa United Rugby League Limited (a group that promotes community and belonging through rugby league), Common Groundz (a not-for-profit community cafe) and Blacktown Youth Services Association (a social impact organisation, dedicated to nurturing young people and creating social change in the community).

Each organisation was selected because of their focus on building a more connected community.

Federal Member for Greenway, Ms Michelle Rowland MP, said: “This excellent initiative is an opportunity for local residents to support organisations that make our community the best place to work and live.”

“As we approach Christmas, we know that many of these organisations will be stretched thin in helping locals doing it tough. I’ll be down at the Civic Plaza high-fiving for Blacktown, and I hope you will too,” Ms Rolland said.

Blacktown City Council Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said: “The High-Five for Blacktown event by NRMA Insurance is a wonderful initiative that will bring the local community together, while raising funds for some of Blacktown’s most prominent community organisations. I encourage local residents to head to Civic Plaza and share a high-five to support the cause.”

NRMA Insurance Good ‘Hoods Blacktown launched in 2016. Through the program, NRMA partners directly with local groups to find, support and grow community-led initiatives which help build resilience to specific local challenges.

The 15 community organisations involved in High-Five for Blacktown are:

Africa United Rugby League Ltd – A rugby league club comprised of players with heritage from all different African countries that promotes community & belonging through sport.

Common Groundz Community Cafe – A not-for-profit cafe committed to projects and partnerships that serve the Lalor Park community.

WASH House – A community-based resource centre that works to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for women and girls in our community by reducing the impact of poverty, social disadvantage and violence on their lives.

Blacktown Women’s and Girl’s Health Centre – A community-based, non-profit women’s health centre which provides accessible health and wellbeing services for women and girls in Blacktown Local Government Area regardless of their income.

Lalor Park Community Garden - A not-for-profit, community-run initiative focused on food sustainability and building a local community.

Together in Bidwell (The Hive) – The Hive engages local community members and service providers in individual suburbs, to identify and respond to local issues and opportunities.

Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation – Founded by five Aboriginal elders from Western Sydney, its purpose is to connect with individuals and families in a welcoming environment, providing them supports and links to services that help them heal from the past and nurture their sense of confidence and pride in the future.

Blacktown Youth Services Association (BYSA) – BYSA is a social impact organisation that supports, resources and empowers young people to create change in their lives and communities.

Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) – MECA works with local people to identify the needs of, and improve settlement services to, migrants, refugees and emerging communities in the suburbs of Mount Druitt and the wider Blacktown Local Government Area.

Western Sydney Indigenous Youth Council – Represents the views and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and builds strong community leaders and changemakers.

Blacktown Neighbourhood Aid CCSS – Supports elderly people in the Blacktown area through support inclusion and social contact within the community.

ADRA Community Centre – Works with people in poverty and distress by providing free counselling and other support services to create just and positive change.

SydWest Multicultural Services – Provides person centred direct services, skills sharing and evidence-based representation.

Blacktown PCYC – Offers a range of sporting, cultural and artistic programs including dance and music classes. Over the club’s 40-year history, Blacktown PCYC prides itself on helping the community.

Blacktown Area Community Centres (BACC) – BACC aims to provide a wholistic range of strategic, accessible and inclusive initiatives that are responsive to the needs of the community. Guided by social justice principles, BACC empowers individuals and families to actively participate in community life.

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