Respite cottage receives $10k boost

The Kiama Lions Club Respite House project has received another boost as construction nears completion, with a $10,000 funding grant from the state government.

The announcement brings the NSW Government’s contribution to $50,000 towards the project.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward joined Jerry Granger-Holcombe and other representatives from the Kiama Lions Club to make the announcement on Friday.

“When Kiama Lions Club first raised this project with me – I was determined to help them deliver on this outstanding community project which will make a real difference in people’s lives,” Mr Ward said.

“Having followed my Dad into Lions membership, I know of the many great community projects which Lions is involved with locally and this is yet another terrific example of Lions working together to help those in need of care.

“There are literally thousands of dedicated carers across our region and it is only fair that we develop avenues of support and respite for them to continue to do their valuable and incredible work.”

The idea of a respite home in Kiama came from former president of Kiama Lions Club Ray Redgrave, who wanted to turn an old cottage into a respite centre for sick people, carers and families.

“A small committee was then formed including Jerry Granger-Holcombe, Peter Scifleet and Tony Grainger, who have each worked tirelessly on this great community project,” Mr Ward said.

“I’m so pleased to see the Kiama Lions Club Respite House nearing completion and I look forward to its official opening in the near future.”