RACQ CapRescue Energised by Grant

The Rockhampton and Keppel districts were recently given an influx of funding from the Queensland State Government with the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Funding grants awarding around $400,000 to local community and sporting organisations.

Eleven community and sporting groups received a much needed boost with many receiving around $30,000 for upgrades to their facilities.

In the Rockhampton region more than $270,000 was provided to seven separate organisations with RACQ CapRescue named as one of the grateful organisations to benefit from the grants. RACQ CapRescue was elated to secure $35,000 towards the installation and reflective study of solar panels on our state-of-the-art hangar facility.

Barry O’Rourke MP has been a great supporter of RACQ CapRescue and our recipience of funding through the Gambling Community Benefit grant. Mr O’Rourke attended the hangar recently to congratulate the organisation personally for securing the vital funding.

The installation of solar panels has also been supported by the dedicated, long-time partner of RACQ CapRescue, Shell’s QGC business which has committed $20,000 to the project. For several years, across numerous projects, Shell’s QGC business has acknowledged the instrumental role that RACQ CapRescue plays within the Central Queensland community, and have continued to support the Service in a multitude of ways.

Shell’s QGC business LNG Asset Manager Krishna Venkatesan said the latest round of funding support had been provided via the Shell COVID Community Response funding, which has delivered $250,000 in recovery funding for health and wellbeing, and economic recovery initiatives across the Gladstone Region.

“COVID-19 greatly restricted CHRS’ ability to raise funds, which are vital for this local service to remain viable,” Krishna said.

“In speaking with the CHRS team, it became clear one of the best ways we could help was allocate some of Shell’s COVID response funding to the hangar solar project, which will make their operations more energy and cost efficient. It’s a practical way in which we can support CHRS in delivering their lifesaving service across our communities.”