Sport

Bloods light up over donation

By Campaspe News

ELMORE Football Club hasn’t been left in the dark with the announcement of a $30,000 contribution for a lighting upgrade.

The Elmore-Lockington-Rochester Community Bank proudly put forward the $30,000 to assist with the club’s lighting project.

The funding will upgrade the Elmore Recreation Reserve oval lighting to a minimum average 200 lux across the ground.

That is a VFL standard, and will enable more sport to be played, more often, by the local community. It will also allow night football and cricket games to be held.

Lockmore Financial Services chairman Brad Drust made the presentation to Elmore Football Netball Club president Darren Trewick on Saturday.

“We are very excited to be able to support great local projects that help our communities,’’ Mr Drust said.

‘‘Our contribution is helping a local club, run by volunteers, to bring their big ideas to life.

‘‘Here we’re adding to funding from local and state government to make this project even bigger and achieve the higher standard of lighting.”

He said Lockmore was thrilled to be involved with the project.

Trewick said this funding would be a huge help in the long run for the club.

‘‘We are absolutely thrilled with the donation from the Community Bank. This not only helps the project come to fruition sooner, it helps us keep focus on the every day task of running a sporting club.

‘‘We are very proud of our club with its facilities but we want to be able to invite people to enjoy participating in our great games here in Elmore — and with lights we can do this more often,” he said.

Elmore-Lockington-Rochester Community Bank senior branch manager Tracie Kyne said she looked forward to seeing the project get under way.

“It’s simple. The more our customers bank with us, the more our Community Bank company can invest in our local communities.

‘‘Investing in the community is only made possible thanks to the customers . . . and how exciting this lights project is for the Elmore community,’’ she said.

In the past 15 years Lockmore has returned almost $1.5 million back to local communities.

‘‘And $30,000 is our largest single donation over the past five years, so it is very special for Lockmore Financial Services to be able to help in this way,” Mr Drust said.